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The Portfolio Life and the New Economy

June 19, 2017

The economy is ever evolving. Each technological leap forward has demanded that workers respond with new skills and ways of solving problems. Career paths of the previous decades may no longer provide the same security that they used to, and the essential jobs of tomorrow may not yet exist. So how can you prepare and market your skills in an environment where certainty is a rare thing?

Keeping with the portfolio theme of last week’s Plano Public Library Job Center posting, we consider the idea of the “Portfolio Life” this week. Very simply, we are not our respective job titles; instead each of us possess a collection of skills, interests, abilities, and passions that make us capable of responding to the challenges of a job or career path.

Jeff Goins of Fast Company offers the three tips for developing a “portfolio” mentality and how this mode of thinking can help you respond to the new economy:

  • Plan for changes: Change is inevitable. Don’t bemoan it; embrace change and prepare yourself with well-rounded experiences.
  • Play like you work: Hobbies and leisure activities can provide practice spaces to explore new and skills and mindsets, while growing what you already know.
  • Never stop learning: The time will come when an old skill may not transfer to a new opportunity, so constantly fill your career toolbox with new knowledge, abilities, and ideas.

Ensure that you are always broadening and enriching your portfolio and stay a step ahead of change. Learn a new language or skill, take advantage of training opportunities at work, pursue a personal passion, volunteer in an unfamiliar career field for new perspectives, or explore how play and reflection on your unique experience can prepare you for inevitable change. Build your personal growth strategy around exploration of your strengths and opportunities. The resources available from the Plano Public Library can help drive your growth with:

What does the portfolio of your life say about your experiences, goals, and dreams – what could it say one, five, or ten years from today?

LinkedIn Profile Updates + Upcoming Class

June 13, 2016



LinkedIn is a valuable tool for those looking for a job and those looking for employees. TheMuse put together 23 updates you should do now to your LinkedIn profile to stay up-to-date and get noticed by more company leaders: “23 Ways You Can Update Your LinkedIn and Make Yourself More Hireable” Some updates include:

  • Make sure your profile photo is professional. Need to snap a quick, professional photo? Stop by the Parr Library Digital Creation Space! They have a green screen wall, lighting, a professional camera, and tripod. You can quickly make edits to the photo, including simple backgrounds using Photoshop on the DCS computers.

Parr Library Digital Creation Space

  • List any volunteer positions, organizations, etc. Want to volunteer in the City of Plano? Volunteers in Plano has many opportunities for you! Take a look at their website to see how to volunteer today.
  • Update your contact information, most recent job position, and any new skills you have acquired. You can include a website, social media (Twitter), email, and more for your contact information. New skills can include new projects, papers/chapters/books published, new languages, and more.

Have any questions about how to make some of these changes? Register for our LinkedIn Basics class on Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. at Harrington Library. Our librarians will guide you through setting up an account, building a profile, adding professional contacts, and posting content. Don’t forget to check out for videos and courses on LinkedIn for more advanced information!