Maintain a Portfolio for Career Advancement

Whether you’re a student, job seeker, entrepreneur, or working your dream career, maintaining an updated portfolio is a necessity. Individuals are changing positions and career paths more frequently these days. According to Forbes, job hopping is the new normal. “The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce’s youngest employees is about half that.”

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Just because job hopping is normalized doesn’t mean it’s easy. Professionals working to jump careers might be less willing to find the perfect position because of the painful nature of the job search process, which is said to be a full-time job in itself. Along with a resume, preferably kept to one-to-two pages, employers are looking for outstanding cover letters and work samples before they even consider starting the interview process.

Maintaining an online portfolio, where all accomplishments are cohesively assembled, can make the job search much more bearable. Instead of describing achievements, you can show them to employers. Online portfolios are recommended because it’s easily accessible to employers and simply requires a URL on your resume. Website builders like WordPress and Wix make this process inexpensive and easy for any experience level with templates and tutorials.

Portfolios not only demonstrate achievement but also one’s personal qualities. Biographies, blogs and images can make your portfolio stand out of the crowd, showing your background, personality and interests. Take your professional career to the next level by simply telling your story in a portfolio. It is best to update your portfolio every three months to ensure you have included your most recent achievements. A portfolio is a great tool in the transition to a new career.

Andrea LaBudie
Marketing & Communications Intern
Macomb-OU INCubator

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