Portfolios for Career Transition- Step 3

Step 3:    Organization

The Portfolio tool that you choose may determine the organizational system that you use for presenting your evidence.  If you have a choice in the organizational framework, there are several approaches to consider.

  1. Chronological

The chronological approach is an effective way of demonstrating career progression by clearly showing years or time periods. Just like a chronological resume, it is easy to follow and shows career steps by positions, job titles, companies or organizations that you worked for. Evidence of skills used or developed in each time period can be displayed.

 2.  Thematic

The thematic approach is more commonly used for Portfolio organization.  Common categories that can be used are:


Education and Training

Professional Development





 3. STAR

The simple STAR format is great way to organize your documents if you don’t have a lot of evidence to display.





4.   S.T.O.R.Y

If you haven’t been able to find or request any documents (refer  back to step 1) and  you have to resort to creating everything, you may need to do more reflective writing.  I recommend the STORY format (Max Lucado 2005)  to guide you.

S – Strengths: What are your natural strengths and abilities?  Refer back to childhood times and previous work experiences when you were complimented on doing something well.  List the verbs. 

T –  Topics:  What are you interested in? What objects do you enjoy working with?  List the nouns. 

O –  Optimal conditions:  In what type of environments do you find yourself being most productive?

R – Relationships:  Recall moments of satisfaction and success; how were you relating to people in those situations? 

Y- Yes!  Identify moments in life when you felt you were in the “sweet spot” of life.  Describe them.

For the complete Sweet Spot Discovery Guide refer to Cure for the Common Life;  Living in Your Sweet Spot by Max Lucado published by Thomas Nelson 2005.


About kbarnstable

Educator, Writer, Memoir Author & Instructor
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