Portfolio Development Ideas to Jumpstart Your Career


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Job candidates using portfolios gain a significant advantage over other people in the job market. Here's how to begin putting your best work together to showcase your skills.

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Portfolio Development Ideas to Jumpstart Your Career

  1. 1. | Jobs| Jobs | Life Skills| Life Skills | Stability| Stability Empowering people to change their lives
  2. 2. What to say about us… I made a yearlong commitment to StepUp Ministry. They are an interfaith organization that empowersempowers peop who are ready and willing to make POSITIVEPOSITIVE CHANGES in their lives I set and met goals. II learned…learned…
  3. 3. What is a Professional Development Portfolio? • Organized evidence that qualify you for the job for which you are applying. • Supporting evidence of why you are the best candidate for the job. • Demonstration that you possess the work ethic and matching skills employers are seeking.
  4. 4. Overview Other Uses?Other Uses? Provides documentation when seeking a mentor or for applying and interviewing for educational opportunities such as internships and scholarships. Format?Format? File on a flash drive or compiled as paper documents or created on-line such as a LinkedIn profile presented effectively and professionally. A portfolio demonstrates initiative!
  5. 5. Your Unique SellingYour Unique Selling Tool is KnowledgeTool is Knowledge FACTIOD: Job candidates using portfolios gain an advantage over otheradvantage over other peoplepeople in the JOB market.
  6. 6. What should a portfolio accomplish? Be targeted to the job and audience Its contents should match what you are selling to the potential employer -- skills, talents, expertise, experience, values, passion and potential for growth. Work your strengths! Find a way. Show only your best work in a style and format that is attractive to the employer. Open and close with your best work. Bookend your best work. Don’t show anything you feel uncomfortable with, need to explain or apologize for -- these could result in a red flag to the interviewer. Got chocolate?
  7. 7. Formal and Informal Education and Training: • Diplomas • Certificates • Brochures from workshops and other training events • Academic work samples: your best report, lab, research abstracts• Internship documentation • Professional development training such as conferences • Scholarship documentation • Second language evidence • What should be included?
  8. 8. Skills, Technology, Tools and Equipment: • Presentations • Multi-media presentations • Photos in action • Items that you can handle • Non-Proprietary work-related reports • Technology demonstrations • Copies of PowerPoint presentations • On-Line class records Me@Work
  9. 9. Overview • Letters of Reference • Military Service documentation • Public mention in the news or newsletters • • LinkedIn Profile • Transcript• Extra copies of your resume• Licensure Papers • Letters of commendation • Job performance evaluations Other portfolio content ideas?
  10. 10. Quick TipsQuick Tips HIGH TECH • Scan and create PowerPoint or SlideShare presentation with ten to twelve slides using powerful graphics. • Build your own free website to display your talents. Link, tag and index to raise your visibility. LOWER TECH • Fill ten powerful pages in a presentation binder. • Type brief descriptions, use captions.
  11. 11. Portfolio Checklist • Does the portfolio show your best and most recent work? • Are your skills impeccable? • Have you included samples to match all required competencies/skills for the job which are a match those you possess? • Are all exhibits properly labeled, self-explanatory and spell checked? • Does your portfolio show that you can work in this field at a professional level? • Does the portfolio predict that you will grow on the job? • Have you conducted a practice interview (test run) using your portfolio? • Did you obtain objective professional advice for what to include in your portfolio from people in the field, your mentors or references? • Have you (or a helper) created an online or digital version of
  12. 12. Professional Development Portfolio There is an art to using a portfolio during the interview and it can be thought of as a balancing act. Most face-to-face interviews average 25 minutes— and during that time you must convince the prospective employer that you are the best candidate. Your portfolio is part of your toolbox. Having both a printed and online portfolio opens up your options to communicate your value.
  13. 13. Once employed you are HOT NOW! Intentionally begin collecting work related materials for a portfolio that will document your growth and accomplishments as a career professional.
  14. 14. | Jobs| Jobs | Life Skills| Life Skills | Stability| Stability Got Questions? Contact Mary Jane Clark, Alumni Coordinator Email: mjclark@stepupministry.org