Professional portfolio building
Maggie Weaver gave a presentation to the local chapter of Ontario Association of Library Technicians about “Developing Your Own Professional Portfolio” on March 10. When I read the following workshop blurb, it really resonated with me:
You can make your own luck when it comes to careers, not just by being in the right place at the right time, but also by evaluating what skills and experience you will need for that next step, or that perfect job, and by planning to develop your competence, learn new skills, and make contacts.
Maggie is an engaging speaker and I found elements that appealed to mid career library technicians. Her process of compiling brochures, CDs, web sites, certificates of recognition, and even job descriptions into a portfolio results in a marketing tool to complement a resume. The process itself of building a portfolio can boost self-esteem, as library technicians can see their fruits of labour.
At performance review time, I could analyze my abilities against some checklists, like the Employability Skills 2000 from the Conference Board of Canada and Special Libraries Association Competencies for a starting point of skills to develop. Then I could initiate courses or projects to pursue in the upcoming year. A supervisor would be brought into the process and next steps are drawing up action plans and documenting success, setbacks, or failures.
Maggie’s enthusiasm got me thinking about what is in my portfolio. Building a portfolio is creative, similar to scrapbooking.
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