Your Portfolio IN 2023!
May 24, 2023
I just did a(n albeit quick) search for "portfolio", because my "pile" is circa 2015, with most of it being more about WEB Design (which I did before achieved a MEd in ISD in 2011. Till now, I've been getting by with a work sample PDF w/ intro "what this is" and links to the work on my website. (And yes. They are way-too-big-samples). My Department was "eliminated" in November. And of course, no ones is hiring, they're trying to make it to a new budget year. Still, that's now 5-1/2 months with less than 15 interviews. When I had a job I was interviewing 4-8 times a week, every week.
Now, there are lots of jobs, but also lots of people. I have LinkinedIn Premium so I see that the ID job wanting a Bachelors and 3-5yrs for $85k will easily get you 500 applicants in the first week! Oh and I've noticed that ADDIE seems to be alive and well, I haven't seen a demand for "Design Thinking" within T&D which sucks to me because I think it's great.
I think it's time to suck it up and make a proper portfolio.
My portfolio advice's may be outdated. eg. the TD@Work "Keeping Your Career On Track" is 2016, and the TD@Work- "Career Portfolio" is 2015. (And now of course, you try to search "elearning portfolio" and there are tons of things from some weird websites (elearning..thing.IO ?)
So I'm asking for anyone who's talked to clients/employers/hiring managers in the past year or two. What has your experience been like ? What's in demand? What isn't (besides Captivate (the red-headed stepchild of Adobe...)? What feedback are you getting from those who are hiring? From the general, to the specific:
eg. Employers LOVE results, right? Well, what happens if 1/2 of your experience is as a Contractor, and you do everything, and they say, "ok, great, thanks, BYE!" - and you never know what the results are?? (And yes, I've gone to previous Managers and begged for "how many people had to take this?" ).
It would help if I had a direction to go in. (like even though the rebels on Hoth had a great number of ways to get away from the Empire, they chose to go through them. At least it was a direction. (I'm sure the "boob nipple gun" was doing a lot of good). (Damn I need a job)