This issue of Learning Insights for TrainingPros’ consultants focuses on keeping your skills fresh and your house in order. And we always invite you to become a contributor in future newsletters – either as a guest blogger in our Learning Highlights company blog or writing a short article that will benefit your fellow consultants.
Our main article contains a Q&A session about adapting instructional design strategies for various generational audiences. Dr. Earl offers important tips on how to approach the varied learning styles that you may encounter. Another critical subject for any consultant is building and maintaining a portfolio that showcases your skills, and we offer several resources and ideas for this.
Mark your calendars for our next Learning Views webinar coming up on October 27th and check out the details below for registration. We also highlight fourth quarter L&D events along with reminders on updating your résumé. Enjoy this issue, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Multigenerational ID Strategies
In June 2014, Jane Ryan, a TrainingPros Relationship Manager serving the Dallas-Ft. Worth markets, sat down with Glen B. Earl, PhD., Organizational Development Specialist in the Office of Talent Management, Parkland Hospital and Healthcare System, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Earl is also the co-author of Exiting Oz: How the New Generation Workforce is Changing the Face of Business Forever & What Organizations Must Do to Survive Thrive.
Dr. Earl responded to several questions that Ms. Ryan posed as they discussed how to flex instructional design to the various needs of generational learners. One of the biggest issues impeding effective learning and development professionals and organizations is the ability to engage a multigenerational workforce (Boomers to Millennials and in between) and achieve desired and necessary developmental learning outcomes. This article will focus on instructional design strategies to build a blended approach to learning that will address the unique needs of a multigenerational workforce.
A portfolio is a collection of samples that represent the work you have done and skills you gained. Today, with the prevalence of digital content in our work lives, it usually makes sense to have both a print and Web portfolio. A print portfolio is a great asset in a face-to-face interview. It is also ideal for demonstrating work samples that were designed for print. For more information about the importance of your portfolio, check out Excuses For Not Having a Portfolio by Leigh Anne Lankford.
The content here is a practical guide to creating professional or career portfolios that appeal to clients and increase your chances of winning contracts. The first thing you will want to do is look around and see what others have done. Do a Web search for professional portfolios within your specialty, e.g. ‘Instructional Designer Professional Portfolio.’ Note what you like about the portfolios you see. You may want to search or browse some of the Web Design blogs on the Internet; they occasionally feature portfolios and the services you can use to create them.
You can learn a lot about what to include in your portfolio from Using a Career Portfolio by Greg Williams at the Association for Talent Development (ATD). The article tells you what other materials should be included in addition to your artifacts and how to choose and describe your artifacts for the client. You may also refer to Brian Greenlee’s article for additional suggestions for items to include. The most important part of organizing your portfolio is to pick an organization scheme, perhaps by specialty or industry, that makes sense and stick with it; most will follow the structure of their résumé.
There are a few legal and ethical concerns to consider when creating and maintaining your professional portfolio:
Always get written permission from your client before using work samples.
You should also ask permission from coworkers who collaborated with you.
You must never violate the terms of your non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) that you have signed.
Never include information revealing private information about your employer or their customers in screenshots and other media.
Make sure you are respectful of copyright and do not include images or information in your portfolio belonging to others without permission and/or credit.
When was the last time you reviewed or updated your résumé? Last month, quarter, year? If your answer is something further back than last year, it’s time to open it up and review!
Frequent updates of your résumé to ensure that your accomplishments are quantified and your experiences include the most recent engagements are important. It’s also a great idea to circulate your résumé to industry colleagues or even friends to get their feedback on its clarity and appeal.
Once you complete your résumé review, be sure and log in to the TrainingPros Talent Portal and upload that latest and greatest document. Also make sure that your availability and contact information are all correct.
Second Learning Views Webinar - Register for 10/27
TrainingPros, founded in 1997, works closely with learning departments of large organizations to identify, attract, and support leading contract specialists for focused training and development engagements.