career portfolio

[caption id="attachment_18577" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The portfolio career life"] [/caption] Career portfolios, also referred to as professional portfolios, are a valuable career development tool. Here's a guide to help you understand what a career portfolio is, how to create one and how to use it to help you get ahead in your career. What is a career portfolio? A career portfolio is a collection of materials evidencing your qualifications, skills, experience and personal qualities. Used as a marketing tool, your career portfolio is a powerful visual aid which allows you to showcase your career accomplishments and provide insight into your capabilities. It can be used to apply to jobs, apply to college or training program and to justify seeking a pay rise. In addition to demonstrating your skills and abilities, it allows you to keep track of your own personal and professional development. What does a career portfolio look like? There are two types of career portfolio:...

[caption id="attachment_18683" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Since we are fast approaching Christmas, it seems the perfect time to turn our attention to the job opportunities the festive season brings. Target industries with high seasonal demand"] [/caption] Although most companies put off taking on new staff just before and just after Christmas, there are industries where the Christmas period may be the busiest. Industries like retail and hospitality for example, typically become very busy around the Christmas period and are likely to take on extra staff to cope with the increased demand. It’s true that much of this work will be temporary in nature since once the Christmas frenzy is over, the work will be too. Foot in the door However, seasonal work can be a great foot-in-the-door opportunity for someone wanting to join a company with a view to securing a more permanent role. This Christmas, Sainsbury's are taking on an extra 15,000 workers, the largest number...