How to Create a Career Portfolio

A decade ago, someone looking for a job would prepare a one page resume to hand to potential employers through their HR office or during job interview. If the person was extremely skilled, this could be a two page resume. Today, people have many more skills and achievements to show to potential employers. In order to fit it all in, many job hunters are switching to the career portfolio format.

What is a Career Portfolio? 
A career portfolio is a collection of a person’s achievements, awards, work samples and education documentation. Most job hunters keep two portfolios: one for their own record and one to submit to potential employers. The one for their own record will contain everything that could go into a career portfolio. The version that is submitted to an employer may not contain everything available, but only what is pertinent to the skills and requirements of that particular job.


Organizing a Portfolio 

Career portfolios can be organized in a variety of different ways. Often, a job hunter will put documents in chronological order, beginning with education documents and working up to anything available from their last or current job. However, a career portfolio can also be organized by subject or any other means that make sense to the particular job being pursued.

If a person chooses to create an online career portfolio, these same categories of organization can be used. With a simple menu, potential employers can easily scroll through necessary information within the portfolio to determine whether the job hunter is qualified for the job at hand. Having an online career portfolio is the easiest way to present all available information to the employer without having to hand over a large bundle of paperwork.


Submitting a Career Portfolio 
Not all businesses require or expect a career portfolio, so it is best for job hunters to not assume that it will be needed. Instead, a standard one page resume can be submitted to HR consultancy firms or places that specialize staffing solutions with a note that the career portfolio is available upon request. It is also important that the job hunter have it on them, in case the interviewer is interested in seeing it right away (Interview Tips: Biggest Red Flags for Interviewers).