A portfolio is a document which presents an overview of your career, as well as your skills, certifications, accomplishments and employment experiences.  It is longer than your resume, and goes into much greater detail.  It may include samples of your work.  For example, if you are a graphic designer, you can include samples of documents you have designed.  I have also created portfolios for teachers, project managers and IT professionals.  I recommend having a hard copy of your portfolio to take to an interview, and a soft copy so that you can update it as needed.  I have included the first page of a sample portfolio in my Before and After section.

In the past four months, I have had two clients with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry come to me with similar issues.  Both of their resumes were over eight pages long, and they were having difficulty getting noticed by employers.  I created a resume and a professional portfolio to highlight their skills and experiences in greater detail.  One of my clients presented their portfolio during a recent job interview, and the hiring manager told them that their portfolio was a key reason why they offered them the job.  The combination of a well-constructed resume and a detailed professional portfolio helped elevate them above the competition.

I hope that this information has helped you understand how portfolios can be beneficial in a variety of situations.  If you have questions about portfolios or any of our other services, please contact me at julie@thewriteapproachps.ca or visit us at https://www.thewriteapproachps.ca. Feel free to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn where we post tips and updates on a regular basis.