Education Career Services

March 5, 2009

Career Portfolio, YOUR Edge

I had numerous requests for topics come in this week and appreciate your suggestions.  The main categories mentioned are career portfolio related and how to overcome background challenges.  Next week you will find several submissions dealing with challenges; today will briefly discuss career portfolios.


To be specific, I was asked “What does an overview of an individual professional portfolio look like?”


  • Your portfolio design was developed through years of hands-on experience within the classroom and corporate setting.  The importance of possessing a professionally formatted portfolio can never be denied.  By “showing” value contributions, you are better prepared for the interview and ongoing promotional evaluations.
  • It is encouraged your portfolio remains active and updated on a regular schedule.  The reason is quite straightforward: hiring managers want to retain individuals who display continual growth.  If this growth happens to be by way of certifications, ongoing professional development/training, education, seminars, etc., you display a progressive work ethic. 
  • The manner of which your portfolio is presented is just as important as the content itself.  Know the vehicle is being judged—are you organized, error-free, relevant, to the point, and the right candidate?


No matter what your resume/career objective may be, portfolio’s offer insight beyond the rest of the crowd….and with the unemployment rate bloating, this may YOUR edge over the competition.


The use of professional portfolios has been around for many years and the value it brings should never be underappreciated.  As a writer for Career Services International, former college instructor, and author of “Your Personal Career Manual & Portfolio Essentials,” I have seen the good, the bad, and the not so pretty portfolio from students all the way to seasoned corporate executives.  Know the vast majority of “stack of cash” seekers do not present their value properly.  Do you?


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.  If you are a student, allow your Career Services Department to review and assist you in this endeavor.  If you are alumni, you have not been forgotten by your college or university.  Prove from your portfolio that you are a great candidate for the position.   


Danny Huffman, MA, CPRW, CPCC, CEIP

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