As a professor in the early 2010’s I taught a capstone course for technology students to prepare them for their career. In addition to an individual project, they had to create a resume, portfolio, and cover letter. A cover letter and resume include their own set of challenges. However, a portfolio? There were a few Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and one student knew about Prezi. Nothing overly impressed me or if it was an impressive portfolio, it took a great deal of effort. At this time, I had my first thought to create a portfolio tool, but life went on.
Later, after I started coaching and reviewing resumes, a consistent need arose. Clients wanted to preserve the content from their previous resume, and when I asked if they had a portfolio, they said no. So, I thought, why not create a portfolio tool? Further, what if I could create a portfolio tool that everyone could use? I found a great theme and plug-in and worked with developers on and off for well over a year. The process was not smooth, but we got it working. Being the first real user, I uploaded my old and new accomplishments. Pretty soon, I had a functioning and searchable timeline. I had created my portfolio. Some of the things I learned when creating my portfolio:
• Find photos or media to attach to the content because it makes more sense to the reader what you accomplished when media is attached.
• Having something I can list as a private accomplishment is important. I did not want to have everything visible to everyone all the time. Especially to my employer!
• I wanted the site to showcase my accomplishments in a way that was different from everyone else. It was a way to separate myself from others and help others do the same.
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It has taken a while to get to this point, and I am grateful to my beta testers and developers who offered help along the way. Truly grateful. If you find something that is not working properly, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. At the time of writing, I have a patent pending, and I have registered the logo. My goal is to grow myPACT to help others find their dream job and help recruiters and organizations find them.
If you made it this far, I appreciate you spending the time to visit and read about my journey with myPACT. I hope you find creating a career portfolio easy to do with myPACT, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. All the best and I wish you well.