How to Develop an Employee Portfolio

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A resume may not be enough In the modern workforce. Companies and other employers are looking for individuals who stand out in an over-saturated world of applicants. An employee portfolio can help launch you to the top of a pile of applicants who only provided a resume. In the past, a portfolio was primarily used in artistic fields, but today they are applied across almost all industries. Think of your portfolio as an extended and more comprehensive version of a resume, a sophisticated scrapbook of your talents and what you have to offer the prospective employer.

Purchase a binder or folder, or create a packet with a plastic see-through cover in which to keep your portfolio. The first page should be a cover sheet that displays your name, career or job title (including license information if applicable) and if desired, a professional photo of you. If appropriate, graphics or a background may be visually appealing.

Insert your complete master resume after the cover page. Following this (and every) section, you can place a blank page to separate information, or you may use a title page for each part of your portfolio.

Create a section that includes real examples and representations of your work. If your previous job experience involves any kind of writing, such as newsletters, or design work, place examples here. Other visual or written documentation pertaining to your work history such as award certificates, positive performance reviews, photographs, or product samples should be placed here as well. These items give the employer a more tangible trust of the claims made in your resume.

Create the third section in which you will list career highlights and accomplishments. Mention specific problems solved, extraordinary or out of the ordinary tasks you performed, or how a company directly benefited from your actions. Do not include standard responsibilities associated with previous jobs, as these should already be in your resume.

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