The past month has been crazy! We had no power for eight days, and our cable was out. During that time, I had planned to work on my online portfolio. I figured it would just take a day or two to work out… I have a resume and a bunch of files, after all. How long could it take?
Who would have guessed that there’d be no power! That did honestly tack on another 8 days to my portfolio endeavor. However, here it is, November 23, and I’m still stuck. We’ve had power for two weeks now. What gives?
The two big things that I feel are holding me back are:
- I do not like and am very uncomfortable with marketing myself
- I can’t decide how to set up my portfolio
For years, I have never gotten over the self-esteem, “I am not good enough” hump. I am aware, which is good, I guess, but I cringe when I think about someone looking at my resume. I am never sure if I have embellished, so I constantly worry that I am not as good as I can make myself sound. Because of this, I am always nit-picking everything, to the effect that I never hit the publish or upload button.
One major concern is that in the last 1.5 years, I have built a lot of the same experience, and I have a lot of similar work examples. I read one good idea of how to demonstrate instructional design and project management. It was an article that recommended that I create a case study with a timeline for recent projects, and I think this would be a great way to detail my experience.
But what about my training videos and work samples? I have great before and after PowerPoints and mounds of Articulate examples, but I don’t have a lot of recent Captivate examples. I also just recently purchased Flash again, but I haven’t used it since Studio MX was new. The new Photoshop is awesome, but no gorgeous, unique 3D imagery is popping into my head. I thought at first that I could create my portfolio using Captivate, but then I got stuck on how to build it.
I had also read somewhere that just making training courses on random things to show expertise would be a good idea. I made a list of potential videos and even scripted one or two, but I still don’t have a portfolio where I can show them, so what’s the point of developing them? Arrrgh!
So, I’ve decided that I’m going to start with my resume and PowerPoint, and maybe a dash of Articulate, if needed – an Engage interactions, perhaps? I have the web space, I have the base content… I just need the interface. I’m going to give myself until November 30th to get a working version of my portfolio online and linked to my LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. I will ask for feedback on it, and I will create a schedule that will allow me to track and implement updates to my portfolio to keep it current. Keep your fingers crossed!
Do you have any suggestions on how to build a portfolio? Do you have one to share? I am always looking at examples online… share yours!