Fact: a resume and cover letter aren’t going to cut it anymore if you’re in the market for a new job or promotion. Today, you need a lot more than just a few sheets of paper (or digital files) to affirm the skills and value you bring to the table. You need something that will resonate with prospective employers and demonstrate your initiative. You need a professional portfolio.
Decent jobs are still hard to come by given the recovering economy — and dream jobs, well, they’re still about as common as four-leaf clovers in most industries. With so much competition in the workforce, you have to set yourself apart from the masses if want to have any shot at a position. A professional portfolio does just that by showcasing your experience, skills, and talents in one cohesive, easy-to-read file.
What the heck is a professional portfolio?
Basically, a professional portfolio is a compilation of materials that explain your career path, professional achievements, skills, and ambitions. Most portfolios include a resume, documentation of education (such as copies of diplomas and certificates), work samples, documentation of your skills, and letters of recommendation. The package of materials can be complied in paper format or, if you’re digitally inclined, in an online portfolio. Either way, a professional portfolio should paint a complete and accurate picture of you and your career.
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