A career portfolio is a powerful professional development tool that communicates and demonstrates your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies in ways that a résumé cannot.

Portfolios can be especially useful in a difficult job market. A career portfolio is a powerful way to distinguish yourself from other training professionals and to showcase your talents in a real way. Employers are under increasing pressure to hire the best possible candidates and to minimize bad hiring decisions because of the high costs of employee turnover. Employers can no longer afford to hire the wrong people. A solid career portfolio provides an employer with a richer demonstration of a candidate's abilities.

Over the next few years, the need for career portfolios ...

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