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3 Professional Portfolio Must-Haves

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Finally, it’s time to start building our Professional Portfolios.  Over time, we will slowly add to our portfolios to create a comprehensive Professional Diversification tool.  It’s important to remember that Professional Portfolios are not resumes.  In fact, they’re very different.  Resumes focus on the past; the jobs we’ve held, the schools we went to, and the awards and certifications we’ve received.  Professional Portfolios focus on the future, which we will begin to discover as we go.  To start, the 3 most essential pieces that create the foundation of our Professional Portfolios are:

    1. Interests

    These are the things you like doing in your free time.  They can be hobbies, but they don’t have to be hobbies.  Even if it’s something you’re just mildly interested in, put it on this list.  Some of my interests include fishing, golfing, the stock market, fast cars, lifted trucks, photography, football, baseball, music, etc.  If you’re having trouble thinking of interests to add to your portfolio (it’s not always that easy), either Google “list of interests” or check out this website that I found.

    2. Skills

    These are the things you’re truly good at.  They must be things you are uniquely good at, too.  I would consider not putting things like Microsoft Excel, unless you can do some pretty amazing things in Excel.  Think of it this way.  Have you ever done something at work or school and someone says, “Man, you’re really good at that.”  Those are the things that need to go on this list.  For me, I would put things like Photoshop, graphic design, Dreamweaver (HTML), Visual Basic for Applications, Supply Chain Management/Logistics, and Microsoft Visio.  Just like your list of interests, utilize Google to find lists of skills that you may have left out or forgotten.  Here is a good website I found with a long list of skills.

    3. Inexperiences

    I know it’s not easy, but it’s important to point out the things that you aren’t really that good at that you wish you were good at.  Think about it.  If you don’t address the things you aren’t good at, how are you supposed to get better?You can’t just push them under the rug and hope nobody notices.  Use the same list I provided above in the “skills” section to browse possible inexperiences.  If you come across something and say, “Gee, I wish I was good at that” or “That would really help me get a job (or a better job),” add it to your list of inexperiences.

You’re probably wondering why the heck I’m telling you to do this, so now’s the part where I tell you how this all ties together.  Interests are important because they can point out areas of business that you would really enjoy working in.  Skills are important because they can help you identify the jobs you would easily qualify for.  Inexperiences are important because they help you target things that you should try to improve upon to make yourself more valuable in the workforce.  Inexperiences, in my opinion, are the most important of the three “must-haves” listed above, because turning your inexperiences into skills helps you truly diversify yourselves in a positive professional way.

You’ll notice I’ve started my own Professional Portfolio within my blog.  You can access it by clicking the “Professional Portfolio” tab at the top of this page.

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Modified By: Eric Chaump

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List of Hobbies and Interests

Skills List – Resume Writing Dictionary

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