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Are you feeling stuck in your current position, seeking a new one, or contemplating a career change? In this interview, author and career coach Valerie Sutton answers common questions about career development. For those thinking about a new career, she offers advice on assessing your passions and your personality, knowing when you need more education to get the job you want, and researching hiring trends in the industries that interest you. For those actively searching for jobs or getting back into the job market after an absence, she discusses how to write resumes and cover letters that speak to your talents, impress potential employers, and help you land an interview.
Jeff Layton: So, many of our members are artists, graphic designers. They have a body of work. Can you comment on having a portfolio and how do you present a portfolio when interviewing for a job? Valerie Sutton: Yeah, portfolios can be really important if you're creative or you have to show projects that you've worked on. Now, there's two types of portfolios, and I actually suggest having both types. So, there's an online portfolio that you can use, and a lot of times human resources won't necessarily go to that first.
So you need to bring up the online portfolio in the interview process, and let them know it exists and to point them directly to it. If you have the opportunity and you even have maybe your iPad with you, you could bring that up in the interview and show them your body of work. The second is having a hard-copy portfolio that you can bring with you to the interview, and it's great when they're bringing up a question--let's take an example of a teacher.
If they bring up, where have you developed a curriculum before? you can pull out that curriculum and actually walk them through that in the interview process.
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