When you apply for work, you are asked to send a portfolio of your previous work as part of the hiring company’s review of your work. Once you get accepted, you may forget to update it because you think it will not be essential for your career progression.
However, portfolios are an integral part of one’s career because they showcase your career highlights and let people know who you are. If you plan to grow in your chosen career, you do need to make sure your portfolio is always ready for your superiors to see if they ask for it.
But how can one improve their portfolio and ensure it can help you with your career progression? Here are some tips below to help you get started:
Refresh the featured projects
The first thing you need to do to refresh your portfolio is review its content and refresh the projects on the feature. It may be a long time since you last did your portfolio, and you may have done new work that you want to promote. List down your projects and pick the ones that will wow your boss when they see them. Of course, when you revise your portfolio’s featured projects, you should remove the rest.
Use simple visuals
A portfolio should be eye-catching and be filled with unique graphics or illustrations if you work in the graphics industry or other related industries. But, if you are not a designer, you can use infographics, charts and graphs to showcase your best projects.
Showcase your other passions outside work
You can also update your portfolio by showcasing other passions outside of work that you are interested in. This will help people get to know you better and what areas you want to branch out to. You can also show through these passions how to use them to help your career.
Delete any irrelevant information
Some people leave their portfolio and resume as it is, even if their information is no longer updated or relevant. If you did a project long ago, you should exclude it from your portfolio, and you should only put recent and relevant projects or skills related to the position you are hoping to get.
Check the portfolio for any grammatical errors
As part of your portfolio refresh, you should also take the time to review the information on your portfolio and check its grammar and spelling. Use apps like Grammarly to see these errors and correct them. You should also try to read them out to see if something does not sound right.
Keep it simple
It would be best if you also made it a point to keep your portfolio simple. This will allow any recruiter or HR team to know all the relevant information they need to know about you and your expertise without getting confused in the process. Let your portfolio be on your behalf.
Portfolios can change the game if you want to boost your career to the next level. Make sure to take your time to update it so you can pick the best things to showcase and see the errors you may miss.
Besides updating your portfolio, you should get yourself out there and network with fellow colleagues as well as industry players. Here is how you can do it:
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I updated my portfolio like you said, and keeping it simple, just said, “I am old.”
No one is calling. Did I do it wrong? 😂
❤️& 🙏, c.a.
I agree with what you wrote. This detail should not be overlooked as it serves both to show your superiors what you have done and in case you apply for a new job.
Keeping your portfolio up to date is important! I try to do that regularly. I would also like to add that even if you delete something from your portfolio, you should save it somewhere. I’ve had some job candidates tell me they used to do X but they didn’t save that in their portfolio because they changed direction in their career. But the job is for people who do X… and their most updated portfolio doesn’t show that X is in their skill set.
Great information. Thanks for taking the time to write this and share it with us. Your articles are always educational and informative. Have a great weekend.
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