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What Are the Benefits of a Career Portfolio?

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Career portfolios showcase many things including your education, job skills and history, community service, references, and much more. They provide the qualification evidence to help you succeed in job interviews, track your own career progress, and let employers know if you're ready for job advancement.

Job Placement

The most obvious reason for a career portfolio is to help you land in your career of choice. In interviews, your portfolio shows potential employers the proof of you skills, education, work experience, references, career goals, and works in progress. By providing a career portfolio and highlighting your positives, employers will take you more seriously and know you take your career seriously.

Display Progress

A portfolio will help to self-evaluate where you've been and where you would like to go regarding your career. By organizing your work progress, employment history and skills, planning future steps and goals becomes easier. You may even use your career portfolio to provide evidence needed to receive a business loan. Whether your field is in business, art, writing, or design, career portfolios can provide a place to showcase your creativeness, which may inspire you to keep working hard.

Higher Salary and Advancement

Most companies check their employees' progress periodically, and that's when a career portfolio can be an advancement tool. You can showcase the successes and strides you've made within the organization, referrals and compliments from company employees, the hours you've put in, and all work experience. This could lead to company advancement, a bonus or even adjustment in salary. Being able to provide tangible evidence of your hard work will give your bosses a sense of security with you as an employee.


After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast television, Kasey Jones went to work for MTV, VH1, CBS, TVG, among others, as a producer, writer and editor. She's also a certified yoga instructor. Currently Jones is pursuing her passion for screenwriting, while living in Los Angeles.

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