Final Thoughts on Proof of Performance
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
[Part 7 of 7 of Career Portfolios: Proof of Performance]
There’s no question — both from the current research project as well as other sources — of the trend toward career portfolios. Job-seekers can gain more insight and confidence in themselves by creating the portfolios, and hiring manager can see/find tangible evidence of previous work and proof of performance.
Just as importantly, as job-hunting continues to move to the Internet, converting a print career portfolio to an online version gives job-seekers a greater online presence, strengthening their google-ability, but also providing access to their “proof of performance” 24/7.
Finally, a career portfolio is also a great exercise for passive job-seekers — with several benefits. As one participant states, “I see many recruiters valuing the passive job-seeker over the active seekers, whom the recruiters seem to see as flawed candidates because they are actively seeking jobs. Thus, the recruiters seem to be looking for those who are not listed on job boards and seemingly not marketing themselves, but who are cleverly able to be ‘found.'”
Sample online portfolios
Participants in the focus group were asked to review and critique several online portfolios prepared by professionals who specialize in career portfolios. Among those they reviewed most favorably were:
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Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director and associate publisher of Quintessential Careers, is an educator, author, and blogger who provides content for Quintessential Careers, edits QuintZine, an electronic newsletter for jobseekers, and blogs about storytelling in the job search at A Storied Career. Katharine, who earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute & University, Cincinnati, OH, is author of Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market (both published by Ten Speed Press), as well as Top Notch Executive Resumes (Career Press); and with Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., Dynamic Cover Letters, Write Your Way to a Higher GPA (Ten Speed), and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Study Skills (Alpha). Visit her personal Website or reach her by e-mail at kathy(at)quintcareers.com.
Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He’s often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com.
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