There are many ways people can get and receive information. Having a professional portfolio that is accessible to a wide market can mean the difference between landing a dream job or standing in the unemployment line. Luckily there are many online tools that can make creating a professional portfolio easy and accessible. The only hard decision is choosing which platform to use. Below are some pros and cons of three platforms to consider when creating a professional portfolio.
The best way to get the pros of all three platforms while limiting the cons is to incorporate all three into one’s professional portfolio. A personal Facebook page can be used to stay connected with family and friends. A fan page can then be created for the professional goals of the individual. A LinkedIn account can be used to stay current on job offers, stay connected with colleagues, and make applying to jobs easier. A personal web presence can then be created to help increase audience from the general public. Using a combination of these three platforms will ensure that an individual’s professional portfolio is complete, accessible, and effective.
Networking is a very vital skill in today’s job market. Every professional should be networking at all available opportunities. A key networking opportunity is to attend professional conferences. These conferences not only keep an individual abreast of what is currently going on in the field but also allows for face-to-face networking to take place. It brings together many professionals all across the nation (and sometimes the world) in one convenient location. I always make sure to have a bundle of business cards ready to hand out just in case the opportunity arises.
I also think that networking should happen during one’s day-to-day activities. For example, say an individual is at the super market picking up groceries and notices the individual in front of them has a very professional screen printed t-shirt. This individual should take this opportunity to ask where the individual got the shirt. It might even turn out that the individual wearing the shirt is the person who makes it. The person in the shirt gives out their business card and bam. A network is made. Now when the individual needs to get shirts for their club team they have a contact to make it happen.
The web is also a very great place to build networks. Sites such as Facebook, linked-in, and personal web presence sites are a great opportunity to build and stay connected. These sites allow one to network at the convenience of their own home. This is essential in today’s market where getting a job is more about who an individual knows and not what the individual knows.