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Packaging your portfolio well

Your career portfolio, or job skills portfolio is one of the most important tools you must have in your career search. It should be well organised and kept current and up to date. It should contain a brief summary of your career objective, and your career philosophy.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 15:13 IST
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Your career portfolio, or job skills portfolio is one of the most important tools you must have in your career search. It should be well organised and kept current and up to date. It should contain a brief summary of your career objective, and your career philosophy.

Your resume should also contain a table of contents, itemising each area of your career expertise, starting with your winning resume. It should include a brief but very specific outline of your education and training, and your work experience.

Be relevant when listing your education. There is no need to list your elementary school! The next section of your career portfolio should include a detailed list of your skills and career attributes, and how they would relate to various job positions you are seeking.

Do not exaggerate your job skills as this will only harm your chances of success and undermine your confidence in yourself when you do not get the job you truly want. Be honest and accurate.

This brings us to another important area of your career portfolio - your certificates and diplomas, transcripts and degrees. These documents validate your qualifications. Prior employment references are also essential and should be included as part of your career portfolio.

Itemise your essential job skills and how you feel - they will benefit and influence your career search. Brainstorm your skills in order of importance. Your future career success depends on how you present your professional career portfolio.

It should not only contain career descriptions of your strengths and attributes but also be outlined very clearly and concisely. With the help of career counselling, you can show a prospective employer exactly what you have to offer.

Use professional career descriptions and avail of career tests to market yourself successfully. When career planning, many job-seekers underestimate the importance of career counselling and the use of career tests and fail miserably when it comes to communicating their skills and abilities in their resumes or at job interviews.

Communication skills are among the most essential job skills required in today's job market.

Other very essential job skills are writing skills, interview skills, management skills and leadership skills. And don't forget to sell yourself successfully. Make your employee feel you are worth the job.

HT Career Guide Correspondent

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 15:13 IST