Three Reasons You Need a Professional Portfolio

December 9, 2015

Three Reasons You Need a Professional Portfolio

It used to be that professional portfolios were only for artists, graphic designers, and other creatives. But as the market grows more competitive, people in all industries have sought new ways to stand out. A professional portfolio is one way to do that. As a compilation of your best work, education, training experience, and recommendations, portfolios quickly convey why you’re the best person for the job. Here are three reasons why you need a professional portfolio—no matter what industry you’re in. 

  1. Personal Development. We often forget the personal gains that come with developing a professional portfolio. Collecting client feedback, work examples, and training/educational experiences offers a snapshot of where you are in your career. By assessing past experiences, your current position, and future goals, putting together a professional portfolio helps you stay organized, realize your strengths, and determine areas where you can improve. For a creative portfolio that highlights your personal touch, use a custom vinyl binder to showcase materials.
  2. Professional Development. A professional portfolio allows you to demonstrate your skills and qualifications, rather than just speaking to them. Space is limited on resumes and proposals, but portfolios serve as an extension. Give potential clients a better understanding of your scope of services and capabilities with examples of work done for other clients. For extensive portfolios that include multiple binders, use a custom slipcasefor an easy-to-transport, well-organized look.
  3. Competitive Advantage. Whether you’re competing for a client or searching for a job, a professional portfolio helps you stand out from the crowd. According to SUNY College, candidates with portfolios gain a 10 percent advantage over other candidates. A professional portfolio highlights your organization skills and attention to detail as well as your commitment to your profession. After meeting with you, clients and employers will begin judging competitors against your presentation and quickly see why working with you is the best decision.   

 

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