No one said it was going to be easy to maintain a positive relationship with your portfolio. At the beginning you were excited to take on the challenge, you wanted to discover new things, build a relationship, figure out how it would all come together, uncover the past and plan for the future. But what happened? After spending so much time at the beginning and once the challenge seemed to be over you forgot all about it. You don’t spend time with it anymore, you ignore the fact that it needs attention, you lost interest in it because you are content with what you have, you keep putting it off for another day and make promises that you don’t keep. Doesn’t this sound like a marriage gone bad?!?
When you need your portfolio again it isn’t going to be there for you and to help you through your next step on your career ladder. Now doesn’t that job come up that you have always been waiting for and there is a quick deadline to fill the position and complete the process. Now you are scrambling to get your portfolio up to date and time is running out! So much to do to prepare and where do you start.
Review your portfolio a minimum of three times a year. Best practice would be every three months. When you complete a project, training session, education, participate in a community event, join a new committee, volunteered, achieve an award or have made many accomplishments, this is when you need to make changes/additions to your portfolio. It will help you keep your resume up to date, revisit your goals and objectives and reflect on your career ladder of success.
Review each step on your ladder and what you have accomplished to reach the top. How are you maintaining this and where are you going next? Give your portfolio the attention it needs and it will always be there when you need it. It is the perfect tool to use for performance appraisal time and now that you are keeping it up to date you will have so much to talk about and share with your employer.
Melanie Graham is a Continuing Education Student currently studying within the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACES offers a comprehensive Employment Advisement program for our students. For more information about Employment Advisement, please visit the MCACES website, www.mcaces.ca or contact Lidia Siino, Employment & Communications Specialist at Lidia.firstname.lastname@example.org.