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Do You Need a Professional Portfolio in 2024?
Whattup, job seekers! We’re back with our second newsletter of the year, and we’re continuing a little January series on how to brush up your materials for your job applications in 2024.
Last week we gave you primo advice on what your 2024 resume should look like. Missed the email? First of all…how dare you. Secondly, go back and read it if you know what’s good for you!
We’re moving onto a new topic today: portfolios. Do you even need one?!
Creative professionals, like writers, graphic designers, social media managers, or architects should always have a professional portfolio to show off their previous work. In these roles, a portfolio speaks volumes and is just as important as having a well-crafted resume.
But portfolios aren’t just for creative types. We think they’re rad no matter what job you’re after.
Portfolios are simply proof of your skills, which means they can include more than just work samples. Your portfolio could include letters of recommendation, proof of degrees and certifications, awards for your work, professional licenses, and a description of volunteer work you’ve done (hint hint: this is a great one for social impact applications).
If you’re applying for a job that doesn’t require a portfolio, including one is like getting extra credit. It’ll definitely help you stand out against the lazy bros who couldn’t be bothered.
When you’re putting together your portfolio, we recommend going digital (it’s 2024 for crying out loud). You can create a portfolio website or use a template on good ole Canva.
Whatever route you choose, having a professional portfolio in your back pocket can help you stand out in the job market in 2024, so get to portfolio-ing. (also, don’t forget to sign up for a resume review if you really wanna be an A+ student.)
NMTC Associate Director at Steadfast City Economic & Community Partners - St. Louis, MO; Rochester, NY; Fairhope, AL or Remote (USA)
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Chief Scientist (Remote) at NatureServe - Remote (USA)
Financial Controller at Onja - Toamasina, Madagascar
Vice President of Development at LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program - Los Angeles, CA (Hybrid)
Director of Development at Book Harvest - Durham, NC (USA)
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Win of the Week:
It’s the start of a new year, so we want to celebrate reasons to be hopeful about the world. According to Euronews, there are five main reasons to be hopeful in 2024 based on positive outcomes that have come from the signing of The Paris Agreement in 2015. Check them out below.
Bummer of the Week:
In Britain, junior doctors are only making £15 an hour, according to their union. To protest, junior doctors walked out for six days last week, which is the longest strike in England’s National Health Service’s history. It comes after a year of strikes against the NHS protesting falling wages.