I am currently moving up the ladder in my career in the IT world. I have a lot of varied
experiences and think my skills are in pretty high demand. I’ve been thinking of putting together
an online portfolio to showcase my work experience. Any thoughts? Pros? Cons?
The Career Doctor responds:
Career portfolios are a hot subject around my office — and among career
professionals and recruiters alike.
I think one of the emerging career trends is that of managing your online
visibility or presence. We’re now googling potential job candidates –
especially those in mid- to higher-management as well as freelancers and
Prospective employers want to see some proof of your accomplishments.
And traditional print career portfolios are a way to show that proof in a job
interview but an online portfolio is a way to have those accomplishments
available 24/7 adding to your “Google” rating. Besides an online portfolio
articles that quote you and projects that cite you will also add to your rating.
By the way it’s also a good idea to check for anything controversial that shows
up with your name attached to it.
I don’t see any negatives to developing an online portfolio — unless you don’t
put the necessary energy into it. For example if the design is flawed or the
content is weak (or becomes outdated). Or if you put unprofessional material in
your portfolio. I would think that for an IT professional whether actively or
passively job-searching an online portfolio is a great tool.
We also found — according to a recent study titled Career Portfolios: Proof of
Performance and conducted by Quintessential Careers — that job-seekers
learn more about themselves and their qualifications by preparing a career
portfolio thus boosting their confidence and preparing them for job interviews –
regardless of how they actually use the portfolio.
Here are some of the things a job-seeker could put in his/her portfolio: resume(s)
reference list career goals summary list of accomplishments work samples leadership
experience performance reviews awards and honors transcripts degrees and certifications
professional-development activities professional memberships and volunteering/community service.
Most of the research participants in our study recognized the value of online portfolios
but think that the emphasis is — and should be for the short-term at least — on print portfolios
suggesting that job-seekers develop an online portfolio after they have created the print version.
Several reinforced however that online portfolios make the most sense for white-collar
professionals especially those involved with the Internet.
In a time when many employers are skeptical of the claims many job-seekers make on their
resumes concerning their experiences and contributions a career portfolio can be just the
tool to use to show rather than tell.
Read more on Quintessential Careers: Proof
of Performance: Career Portfolios an Emerging Trend for Both Active and Passive Job-Seekers.