Category Career Growth

Job Search Tips: Putting Together a Portfolio

The job market today is very competitive, and many people are struggling to find jobs. When the competition is plentiful, many qualified people will usually apply for the best jobs. Therefore, people must set themselves apart from the competition to increase their chances of receiving job offers. One of the best ways that people can set themselves apart from the competition is by creating a portfolio.

A portfolio is a collection of resources developed and created by individuals, which demonstrates their capabilities related to a particular endeavor. A portfolio can illustrate their skills, education, qualifications, training, and experience. In addition, it provides a visual picture of the individuals’ talents and professionalism.

People should consider creating a portfolio because it provides the opportunity to show other individuals an overview of their professional skills and standards beyond the basic resume.

A resume on its own provides information about people regarding their experience, education and skills; however, it does not provide specific evidence of what is stated in a resume. However, a portfolio provides actual visual evidence of the capabilities stated in a resume.

There is no set way to create a portfolio because it is generally a representation of an individual, and the style used is often different from person to person. Although each portfolio is typically different, there is a basic framework to a good portfolio. First, it is a good idea for people to save all their professional work for possible inclusion in their portfolio. Often, many people will review all their professional work, and they will select the best work from their collection for use in their portfolio. It should be remembered that a portfolio should place people in their best light, so everything placed in the portfolio should be carefully evaluated and considered before entry.

How to Make a World Class Portfolio Presentation


When many people think of a portfolio, they usually think in terms of completed work examples. However, there are other parts to a portfolio, which include a table of contents, statement of creativity, work beliefs, career goals, resume, skills, education, certifications, professional memberships, and references.

Moreover, the portfolio itself is important, but the appearance of the portfolio is also important. Therefore, the cover used for a portfolio should be of high quality along with the paper, pictures, and other material components used for the portfolio.

As people move forward in their career paths, a portfolio can be a powerful tool in their arsenal for career growth. The time taken to create and maintain a quality portfolio will pay dividends for many years to come for most people because HR services and the executive search firms, along with other agencies will value the effort put forth regarding the creation of a portfolio (also see Careers: Seeking The Help of Recruitment Agency Services).


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Getting the Help You Need to Find a Job

It can be very frustrating looking for a job especially with the way the economy is so having a recruitment agency help you with your job search is essential. You can have them help you find a job or you can have some help with your resume or receive some interviewing tips. You could be doing something wrong in those areas, and they can help point you in the right direction.

The staff at an employment agency does not just help you find a job, but they have you take a few tests so they can see what kind of skills you have. These tests are very helpful especially if you are a young person that has never had a job before. You have to understand that it takes time because they have to evaluate your tests and find jobs that match your skills especially if you do not have any experience. More than likely the kinds of jobs they will place you in are temporary but can become permanent positions depending on how well you execute your job performance and how well your employer likes you.

Some people that ask for help would rather not be placed in a temporary job but want help with their resume so they can find a good paying job on their own. One of the reasons why it may be hard for you to find a job is because there are errors in your resume that need to be fixed. It can be hard for you to even land an interview if you are submitting your resume online or handing them out in person. People that work for recruitment agencies have a lot of experience in career planning and would help you write a successful resume. They will not write it for you but will look over it and give you some helpful tips so you can rewrite it yourself.

An employment agency can also provide you with interviewing tips because there could be things you are saying or doing that you are not aware of. Some agencies may do a mock interview with you while others will give you a sheet of paper letting you know what you should do or not to do during an interview. Some interview tips may include look your potential employer in the eyes and be positive as well as energetic because it shows that you have a passion for what you are applying for.

For instant, the Michael Page recruitment agency will help you out in your area of need upon your request, be it career in banking jobs, HR job or marketing job. You may not have a problem with landing job interviews, but the problem could be that you are not finding enough jobs to apply for in your area of interest. That is where recruitment agencies specialize in. If you are getting a lot of job interviews but not landing any job offers, then the problem could lie within your resume and the interviews you are having with potential employers. Most people turn to an employment agency as their last resort when they are in desperate need of help.

Did you know what types of Job Interview Questions You Can Refuse to Answer ? Visit this career advice site to learn more.

A woman, interviewing for a pharmaceutical sales position, answers the common interview question: Tell me about yourself. This is an example of a GOOD way to answer this question.

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How To Achieve A Career In Finance With Banking Jobs

If you are a person who desperately wants to get settled in finance job and wants to achieve greater heights and build up your entire career in finance? It is not a very difficult thing to achieve. If you are social person with lots of inquisitiveness, the job becomes very easy for you. Apart from this academically, knowledge in mathematics and quantitative aptitude helps you accomplish your goal. On top of all this, what is highly essential to make the best in finance career is the immense interest to work either with individual investors or with finance corporations. Though most of the finance jobs demand a bachelor’s degree, the requirement changes from job to job. An organized approach to the problem makes everything quite clear and leads to the quick accomplishment of goals.

First of all, what is needed is that the person desiring to pursue a career in finance has to decide the type that grabs his interest the most. Because quite a lot of finance jobs are offered by various businesses such as banks, stock exchanges, government agencies, and private firms etc. The next should be researching the process of acquiring such jobs. This research should include the educational qualifications that the job demands as this varies across the jobs. Most of the jobs of professional type require a bachelor degree as the minimum. Though many jobs are also available for those who do not have degree education, these are often the jobs that are less paid and provide very less chances of getting promoted. Those who seek higher opportunities are suggested to have college education.

Then the person should go on searching the best institute that provides the required educational support. The business or finance school’s name and fame and experience should be considered before getting enrolled for their program. During the study, being a member of the national organizations that supports the interests of finance students is helpful to have exposure of the careers in finance. Concentrating on the studies with the job orientation backs your effort.

If the type of business you want to join for jobs is banking sector, keep a track of the notifications published by the banks for recruitment or by the reliable recruitment agency such as this site In banking, there are both public and private sectors. Usually all the banks irrespective of the sector conducts examination for the jobs. The students of finance should be alert in making themselves aware of the notification. In response to it, the person should apply for the job. Once applied, the person should start his rigorous preparation to crack the job. There are many institutions that provide coaching to achieve these jobs. The previous education in the finance stream helps the candidate to a very great extent in the preparation. Once the person clears the examination, he will be called for an interview. The knowledge of the candidate in various aspects of finance are thoroughly tested by the interview board and the finally the job is given if the candidate is proved to be worthy. In addition, you might need to know the essential experience for finance and accounting jobs, so read this beneficial finance article.

May it be a banking job or any other job in finance stream, dedication and commitment towards the goal helps in achieving it. 

Learn about the different areas of accounting with helpful information from a practicing CPA in this free video on finance jobs.

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Jobs in journalism

The Hollywood style days of seeing an office boy rise through the ranks to become Editor-in-Chief suffered a mortal blow nearly 50 years ago – at least in the UK. Entry requirements for the major newspaper group, both national and regional, changed from applicants needing a clutch of good grades and exam results at school.

The new mood was for graduates only, eliminating at a stroke the raw talent that had poured out of the school gates and into newspaper and magazine offices for more than a century before that. In theory, better educated journalists would produce better quality publications.

However, a degree doesn’t bring with it a guarantee of common sense, a sine qua non of observing, investigating and writing on the news of the day.  Nor is having a couple of letters after the name synonymous with having enthusiasm of a level that can never be rewarded in cash but only recognised and appreciated by employers.  A university education doesn’t even necessarily offer literacy or even the ability to spell correctly. Quite the opposite. In some, it seems to have imbued an arrogance to ignore Spellchecks and rest content that some other, lesser minion will correct the mistakes. The schoolboy who persistently knocked at the door until he was admitted had all these positive qualities, a will to succeed and few of the drawbacks.

From the publishers’ standpoint, there was also the need to pay higher salaries because graduates supposedly warranted a fatter pay cheque then school leavers.

On the other side of the Atlantic, in the United States, the education authorities turned a point of principle – let’s upgrade the educational standard of journalists – into a first class opportunity. In the UK, formal education in journalism at the time of the switch from allcomers to graduates only was limited, classroom-based and bizarre in its naivete.

A journalist-turned-lecturer in the trade he had failed to make a success of himself would, for example, announce that his name was Leonardo Bertorelli, a circus owner whose lion had escaped and savaged a five-year-old girl. “This is a press conference, ask away,” he told a bunch of trainee journalists sitting in the classroom of a technical college.

The approach unsurprisingly seemed not to motivate six of the class who came from the same newspaper. One left to become a schoolteacher, another to join the United Nations Association, a third to work on a book producing statistics on racehorses and yet another to bear the child she accidentally conceived. Two survived the course and serving Oxford Business Group (OBG). Not the world’s greatest success rate.

The suggestion in the UK was always that such theoretical and unrealistic courses would be best replaced by attaching trainees to experienced journalists with a brief to watch and listen twice as much as they spoke. Nature provided two eyes, two ears and one mouth and they should be used in the same proportions.  Too simple an idea and would have made some HR personnel redundant.

Meanwhile in the United States, there was developing a string of journalism schools attached to universities that were producing publications – under the guidance of people who had made successful careers in journalism – of a professional standard far higher than many newspapers and magazines being sold in the shops. It works. Some of the graduates can walk into almost any newsroom and shift seamlessly from practising and being taught into being useful, valuable and productive additions to the staff.

As Oxford Business Group, this publishing and consulting group focusing on emerging markets in the Middle East and Asia, we know that journalism is a job to be learned as it happens. The US schools of journalism, for the most part, do a good job of emulating that experience.

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