A Portfolio – a collection of their past efforts and successes.
An interview is a job proposal. What you are doing is no different than what a freelancer does on a daily basis. It is no different than when a creative team pitches their proposal to a business group.
So why is that when “we” go into an interview, we’d be lucky if we just remembered to bring our resume.
And a resume may or may not be worth the paper it’s printed on. Harsh – but am I wrong?
How’s this for a thought – on your next interview, bring a portfolio.
No, not your artwork, doobles, or fingerprintings from kindergarten.
Yes, a definitive collection of your past successes; but more importantly a picture of how that hiring manager will benefit by hiring YOU.
Some thoughts on how to put it together:
- An Introductory or Cover Letter
- An Executive Summary
- 30-60-90 Plan of what you will do – if hired
- SWOT Market Analysis of local competitors, demographics, and trends
- Detailed breakdown of significant past accomplishes (reduced shrink by XX% – how)
- Kudo’s and Testimonials
Put this all into a nice, concise little booklet that you can leave behind, or even use a reference tool during the interview.
Now how many of your fellow jobseekers and direct competitors are going be this prepared for an interviewer. What do you think the interveiwer’s reaction might be to this level of preparation?
By the way, did you notice?
It almost follows the structure of a business plan minus the financials. And why not! There’s nothing more intimidating than sitting down with a banker or an investor – with your lifesavings committed – to pitch a business proposal in hopes of raising thousands, if not millions of capital.
Unless, it’s a job you need badly.
Then give this a thought…
Because, it’s just a thought…