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Many people don’t bother creating a career portfolio throughout their working life. But they can be a great way to look back on your previous successes and they are a great way to keep a log of all of your achievements. A career portfolio can also be important when it comes to looking for a new job or a promotion. Here are some reasons why:

Support Your Resume

Your career portfolio will support your resume writing and show an employer, whether it’s a new one or your current one, what you are capable of. If your resume lists that you have ‘good sales skills’ then an employer may think that is great – but without supporting this claim it can be quite a transparent sentence to put on your resume. By simply demonstrating how you have used your sales skills in previous jobs and including some figures you have achieved at your previous company, you are automatically supporting your resume content and the employer will have more confidence in your claim. When creating your career portfolio you should always look at your resume and the skills and experience that are on there should reflect in your career portfolio content.

Show Off Your Work

If you have worked really hard on a project or have a number of glowing customer testimonials, then why not show them off? Use your career portfolio to outline your expertise and to show what you can achieve in the work place. If you’re aiming for a promotion then showing what you can do is crucial. Your current boss may not know about the impacts you have had on the business or may be unaware of your day to day achievements. Listing these down in your career portfolio will help you when it comes to applying for a job promotion.

Help the Employer Visualise

If you are trying to secure a new job then having a career portfolio with you during a job interview can be very advantageous. A career portfolio can help the employer to visualise the impact you could have on their company. Ensure you look at the job description carefully and highlight what skills they are looking for and the main responsibilities of the role. You can then use your career portfolio to outline similar jobs you have worked in the past and to demonstrate that impact you had on the position. This should instill confidence in the employer and will help them to visualise you as part of their team.

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