By Brenda L. Peterson, The Layoff Lady
Thinking Through Your Why
When creating an online portfolio, as with many tasks in life, it's helpful to think about your goals. Thinking it through now will help you to create a portfolio that meets your short and longer-term goals.
Depending on your wants, needs, industry, and timeline for completion, your portfolio could take any number of forms and be the right choice for you. Until you identify your goals, you are at risk of making an ill-advised decision that could cost you time, money, and opportunities.
Identifying Your Portfolio Goals
Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you determine your portfolio goals:
My Portfolio Lessons Learned
A few years ago, when applying for jobs, I realized I needed an online portfolio to show hiring managers supporting evidence that I could use the learning and development skills included in my resume. I looked at job descriptions for training leadership roles that interested me and noted the specific keywords and skills that were most often included.
From there, I chose work samples to showcase those identified skills. For each sample, I included a brief introduction to position the value of each artifact. I shared a project plan, a pitch deck promoting a company-wide change, a facilitator guide, and microlearning videos on technical, soft skills, and business-related topics.
From a technology standpoint, my portfolio was a hidden page on my existing website. That portfolio page was non-searchable and not listed in website navigation, but it was available directly through the page's web address. As needed, I could include that URL on my resume, email it to hiring managers, or include it in an online job application.
What Do You Think?
What are your goals for your portfolio? What kind of content do you think it makes sense for you to include? As you are comfortable, share your ideas in the comments.
7-time layoff survivor Brenda L. Peterson, The Layoff Lady, waxes poetic on layoffs, job transitions, & career resilience.