In addition to all of these tactics though, all job seekers should have an updated work portfolio in their arsenal. Work portfolios tell the story of you, including where you came from and what you want to achieve. However, apart from the obvious benefits, work portfolios are starting to become the norm and it’s advisable for every job seeker to build one in order to paint the whole picture. Here’s why:

1. Standard resumes and cover letters don’t cut it

Resumes (as well as cover letters) won’t get someone the job on their own. Of course, job seekers need them, but the bullet points and the few paragraphs can’t tell your entire work story. On the other hand, work portfolios allow job seekers to add more to their case, such as previous career wins, specials skills and how they were used, endorsements, etc. Resumes and cover letters can only do so much, so think of work portfolios as picking up where they leave off.

2. The HR department has limited time

If you weren’t aware already, human resource representatives may receive between 200 to 300 resumes per job. Who has time to go through hundreds of lines, dated objective statements, and cover letters that may or may not tell the right story? Not many.

Instead, a work portfolio not only sets job seekers apart from the competition, it does a better job of relaying why you may be right for the job by providing solid evidence as to opposed to beating around the bush about it. After all, you can say you accomplished something, but if you can show it, you’ll be in a better position to land the job.

3. Visuals catch the eye

We live in a world where images, videos, and graphics relay information better than script. Plus, with stacks of resumes on their desks, HR reps and recruiters would probably appreciate something that stands out from the norm.

For instance, if you were part of a successful advertising campaign, showing the copy, images, numbers, reports, etc., would do a better job at presenting your accomplishments than just saying you part of something that worked out in your favor.

4. Sharing current goals and progress is important

Sometimes, it’s all about what you’re working on now. Work portfolios have the ability to share current goals, as well as the progress you’ve made. This sort of real-time sharing also clues your audience in on your current projects, opens up the door for conversation, and shows how you perform on a day-to-day basis, which can tell the HR rep or recruiter a lot about what kind of candidate you are.

5. A work story means something

Your personal work story means something. It shapes who you are as a candidate and shouldn’t be an overlooked factor when applying for a job. Think of it this way: how much of “you” comes off when you send a cover letter or resume? Does it say how you work with others? Can it show what your specialities are to the T? Does it relay if you’ll fit in with the current company culture? Probably not.

A work portfolio can do all of those things since it enhances who you are as a candidate by providing the backstory your audience needs, which not only sets you apart, but also puts you at the head of the line when it comes to getting the job.

What do you think? What are some other reasons job seekers should have a work portfolio?

Related: Why Your Bio is the Most Important Career Document.

Morgan Norman is the Founder and CEO of WorkSimple — the Social Performance platform that works the way you do. Designed for individuals, teams, and large organizations, WorkSimple is a better way to share goals, collaborate, get feedback, and get your work endorsed. Connect with him and WorkSimple on Twitter.

Tami Strang April 29, 2015 Posted in: Inside Cengage, Focusing on the Student
Three reasons eportfolios matter to today’s college students
Job-seekers and professionals in many fields such as art, education, and advertising have long used portfolios as a means of displaying their work to prospective employers or clients.

Today, those who have studied a variety of subject areas are using digital portfolios to demonstrate their skills and their proficiency in various competencies relevant to their fields of expertise. According to our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, 31% of college students say that their institution requires them to complete a portfolio. As more and more students, instructors, and institutions see the value of ePortfolios and their power to track progress and achievement against specific learning outcomes, we believe this number will rise.

For these reasons, and many more, Cengage Learning has partnered with Pathbrite, developers of the leading portfolio learning platform. We firmly believe that providing this resource will stand students in good stead as they seek what is a very important outcome: employment in a meaningful career. Below, we’ll explore our viewpoint in greater detail.

Three reasons college students should believe in the value of ePortfolios
1. As students build an ePortfolio, they can think critically and creatively about their academic and personal accomplishments.

Many students may never think about what they need to bring to an interview until they start the job-search process… and at that point it’s a matter of scrambling to find quality pieces that will speak to their skills, interests, and expertise.

If students instead construct an ePortfolio as they progress through their college education, they can look at their assignments, projects, and achievements as they’re completed and earned, and consider which pieces best exemplify their talents and experience. (They can always edit as they go!)

For example, with a Pathbrite account, students can easily collect and share their achievements; they can start adding and aggregating as soon as they get their account.

2. Once the ePortfolio is created, students have something to show for all the effort they’ve put into their educational experience.

Rather than simply listing “public speaking,” “videography,” “graphic design,” “lesson planning,” or “copywriting” as skills on a résumé, students’ ePortfolios can contain papers, videos, photographs, and other “artifacts” that prove they can work with job-relevant skills and tools—and thereby enable employers to see that their talents and abilities fulfill what they’re looking for in a job candidate.

It’s also easy for students to distribute their ePortfolio. They can send the link in an e-mail or include the URL at the top of their résumé, and hiring managers can quickly see the quality and content of their work. No last-minute trips to the copy shop… no overnight delivery fees… and no more worrying about keeping track of that one physical portfolio.

3. With an ePortfolio, students can tell the story of their educational and professional journey in a way that’s personally meaningful to them.

With a thoughtfully constructed ePortfolio, students have one attractive package that communicates their skills and ideas in a vibrant and visually compelling manner. Thanks to its ease of use, as well as its modern and responsive interface, Pathbrite’s solution empowers students to create this tool in a simple—but powerful—way.


Years ago, only artists and other creative professionals had portfolios. These days, every professional can benefit from having one.

For those not in a particularly artistic field, a professional portfolio doesn’t have to be about showing pretty pictures of your work. The real purpose is to provide tangible proof of your value in the workplace, and there’s a whole host of ways to do that. From outlining project descriptions and showcasing work samples to offering up letters of reference and customer reviews, a portfolio can document your professional accomplishments in any way that makes sense for your gig.

The Big Why
Think of it like this: As a professional (regardless of your field), you are a business of one. When a company chooses to employ you, it is “purchasing” your business’ service. You can think of your professional portfolio as a marketing brochure for the services you’re selling. By showcasing your skills, abilities, and achievements, your portfolio helps your customers (your employers) and prospects (your potential future employers) understand what services you provide and why they are special—and worth the purchase price!

A professional portfolio can help in any circumstance where you want to make a strong impression, provide proof of your value, and differentiate yourself from your competition. Here are just a few examples:

Job Interviews
Whether you’re a copywriter or a consultant, take your portfolio to a job interview and refer to the items inside while discussing your work experience. Saying “I planned a fundraising event from beginning to end” is one thing—showing the event invitation, program, budget, and volunteer guidelines you put together is completely another.

In addition to acting as a handy reminder of the great things you’ve done in your career, having a portfolio on hand contributes to your professional image. You’ll look prepared and organized, and your interviewers will see that you’re proud of your work and take it seriously.

Performance Reviews
Your performance review is the time of year where you’ll want to recount your specific accomplishments and accolades to your employer—and for many, this type of self-promotion can be uncomfortable. But with a portfolio by your side, you’re able to cite objective, verifiable facts. It’s not just your opinion that you’ve done a great job; you have profit-and-loss reports and client emails that prove it!

As an added bonus, your reviewer will be happy to see that you’ve been tracking these things on your own and that you’re prepared for the discussion. You may even be able to draw your reviewer’s attention to accomplishments he or she overlooked.

Salary Negotiations and Promotions
Getting what you want in a salary negotiation is all about leverage. The person with whom you’re negotiating is doing a mental calculation that boils down to this: Are you worth it? Does your request make sense given your current and future value? A portfolio full of work samples and lists of accomplishments provides the necessary leverage to help you get what you want, whether negotiating a starting salary or a raise in your current pay.

Likewise, promotion requests are bolstered by the presence of a portfolio. Your employer wants to know you’re both capable of performing in the new role and deserving of the increased responsibility (and pay, and visibility, and so on). And a portfolio featuring the work you’ve accomplished over the years will provide evidence of your past performance (widely considered the best predictor of future performance) and your potential contribution in the new role.

What to Include
While the items included in a professional portfolio can vary depending on your experience, profession, and industry, there are a few things that anyone can include:

Your resume or professional bio
Letters of recommendation
Client feedback, letters, or emails
Awards and recognitions
List of trainings and courses completed
Work samples
Project outlines or write-ups
A list of key accomplishments

Pull together the items that make sense for you—either by compiling hard copies or by putting everything online. No matter what you choose, I promise, it’s a worthwhile investment of your time. Need further assistance? My handy e-guide will help walk you through it step by step. Source

The Beginning

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.

This site is self-funded and relies on revenue from advertising and sponsors. I realize clicking on ads may not be the most exciting thing to do, but I encourage you to check out the ads. It is currently our only source of funding outside of me.

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 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.


The Beginning

The Beginning