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1 Promoting Your Professional Achievements P ROFESSIONAL P ORTFOLIOS : By Anna Graf Williams, PhD & Diana Adele Wyatt, PhD

2 ©2011 LEARNOVATION, LLC W HAT IS A C AREER P ORTFOLIO ? Professional Proof Snapshot of skills, abilities, knowledge Organized glimpse into your professional direction, goals, memberships and references A composite of your style, leadership and professionalism It should answer a very simple question… Who are you professionally?!?!

3 P EOPLE N EED T O K NOW - W HAT S I N I T F OR M E ? Quantify work & skills More money (motivates) Starting Salary Sign on Bonuses Better opportunities if you can prove your skills Increase in pay or promotions at review Proving your value once you have the job Improved self concept and self confidence ©2010 LEARNOVATION, LLC 3

4 W HAT IS INCLUDED IN A C AREER P ORTFOLIO ? Management Philosophy Professional Bio (optional) Professional Goals Résumé Work Samples by key areas Works in Progress Community Service (Transferable Skills) Professional Memberships Degrees, Certifications & Awards References ©2010 LEARNOVATION, LLC 4

5 ©2011 LEARNOVATION, LLC T YPES OF P ORTFOLIOS Purpose: Professional Career Portfolio– (Placement/Promotion) Performance Career Portfolio Experiential/Prior Learning Portfolio (Working to Secure Academic Credit) Formats ePortfolio Collateral eRésumé

6 ©2011 LEARNOVATION, LLC F ORMATS FOR C AREER P ORTFOLIOS Collateralhard copy EPortfolios eRésumé with Links Why you need to prepare all three… In person Set the Stage Large Screening

7 ©2011 LEARNOVATION, LLC RÉSUMÉ GETS YOU THE I NTERVIEW THE P ORTFOLIO G ETS YOU THE J OB ! Portfolio (hard copy) ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) eRésumé (w/links to work samples) Used to document skills; certifications; professional memberships; answer questions during interview; summarize skills and abilities Used to prescreen; pass around for review Used to screen candidates and prescreen skills and qualifications. Easier to format to major job search engines. Great prompt for dialogue in face to face discussions; Clean documentation for measuring against standards and review criteria. Reviewer is launched to a secure site. Links are communicatedsamples are not directly released. More secure for all parties involved. Electronic résumé have a 90% pass-around factor in organizations when they pass the initial screening. (pdf and doc formats are the most popular formats) Keywords, skill harvesting formats; adjusting to the position one is applying for Keywords; skill sets; features and focus Keywords; skill harvesting formats; adjusting to the position one is applying for, fuzzy search How much you cost to train Negotiating tool. The future employer wants a virus free format. Formats which get past the firewalls and are in standard formats such as Microsoft office; pdfs, htmlsecure links work best. Enriched eportfolioin abbreviated formatused to assist in job screening. How much you cost to train 7 Fun Facts Fun Facts Plan to scan all work samples for portfolio (for hard copy or electronic) Portfolios get you more than the job, they get you the course credit, soft benefits and money!

8 ©2011 LEARNOVATION, LLC W ORK S AMPLES Where do I collect work samples from? Reverse engineer from the description of your job Use prototypes when originals have confidential info Do I need permission to include samples from my employer? Sometimesdepends on the details of your employment Soft Skills require 3 rd party collaboration/documentation. Who said you could do thatneed detailed proof

9 ©2011 LEARNOVATION, LLC M ORE ON W ORK S AMPLES Check your calendar for samples of reports or summaries; conferences attended; seminars given Use programs guides; copies of original publications; photos of you receiving an award. Include community service action shots with letters (photos; newspaper articles) Request letters of documentation that explain hours, dates of service, skills, description of activity, type of team or eventindividual, cooperative, groups, etc. Samples of learning moments, training materials, curriculum. Types of : o Executive summaries o Photos o Prototypes o Certificates o Memberships o Materials Developed o Letters of Thanks o Letters documenting soft skills o Works in progress

10 M ANAGING M Y W ORLD E LECTRONICALLY Electronic ( résumé & Portfolio) Send a link Send a link Scan at 72 dpi (small resolution) Scan at 72 dpi (small resolution) Use accurate descriptions in file name Use accurate descriptions in file name Watch for straight and clean on scanner Watch for straight and clean on scanner Check marginsall items are present and clear Check marginsall items are present and clear Collateral or Hard Copy Never take your original Never take your original Never print from a 72 dpi copygrainy, blurry, etc Never print from a 72 dpi copygrainy, blurry, etc Scan everything for print at least 200dpi –300 for solid quality archive print Scan everything for print at least 200dpi –300 for solid quality archive print Save in two places, external drive and back up system Save in two places, external drive and back up system Have a couple ideas in advance for naming conventions… Description of sample by title, skill, event, Consider use of your last name and date Aug Source file and pdf. Often times you need to be sure to have original and formatted file.

11 ©2011 LEARNOVATION, LLC N OW THAT I AM USING THE P ROFESSIONAL C AREER P ORTFOLIO …W HAT ABOUT MY S TUDENTS ? The better one knows his or her own skills and abilities the better one can respond to the employer Especially first generation to collegeare not likely to be familiar with self promotion and this type of career self management It is a lifelong strategy, being able to give employers your talent in measurable terms that plug easily into the O*NET measure and other demographic reporting tools as well as the skill harvesting need for the job/position is how we create win/win for ourselves and the employers

12 ©2011 LEARNOVATION, LLC T HE P ROFESSIONAL C AREER P ORTFOLIO Questions? How tos? Final Thoughts?


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