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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Portfolio

Today in our team meeting, we spent a bunch of time talking over our thoughts about the re-org and the job postings and so forth. Javier passed around his portfolio and I thought, "Well dang, I should have a portfolio." So I started printing out some stuff. Soon, my binder was too small, and I've barely scratched the surface. I moved it all ot a bigger binder. I wanted to include the full documentation for one class I developed. Turns out that's about 400 pages. I wanted to include a basic overview of documentation for one project, so I picked the Web Forms portion of the Workflow project since it was small and manageable. Ha! There's just six sample documents (one website tutorial printout, one classroom Powerpoint printout, one set of job aids, one usability test result, one general spec doc) and it's nearly as thick as the Grad Admissions course materials. There's a few sample Business Process documents. There's a set of course evaluations from all the people who love my classes (and reading back through those did cheer me up). There's a little handout from the Authority Manager TGIF. And there's the Unanet documentation I just finished a few weeks ago. And the (bigger) binder is utterly splitting its seams, and I wish I could give a fuller picture of what I'm capable of.

Please let me come out of this with a job I enjoy and get paid reasonable well to do. This whole process is breaking my heart. I hate what this means for the clients I serve because they're going to get left in the cold with no support. And really, I just wish the reward for a job well done wasn't a layoff. Too often in my life I've been handed a bonus check or a glowing performance evaluation one day and a layoff notice the next. Sigh.

2 Comments:

  • Make eCopies of all your work. Burn yourself a few CD's or DVD's to take with you.

    You can give summary hard copies, or small samples of various types of work you do...and then let your interviewer know that eCopies are available.

    Remember to sanitize anything you distribute, your current employer would be properly pissed to have any clear data sent out, even if it's just names, and a prospective employer worth working for would be taken aback if you gave any identifying information.

    By Blogger Flonkbob, at 7:47 AM  

  • It was great to go through this stuff and remind yourself of the accomplishments you've acheived simply by doing your job. Remember to refer to these on your resume and in interviews. :)

    By Blogger Chris S, at 8:15 PM  

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