Writing is a craft that should and needs to be continuously worked on. Virtually any or all positions related to executive, management and customer relations need professionals with strong writing and communications skills. If you are on a job search be sure to upgrade your skills via online courses.

However, building a Writing Portfolio is a great way to strengthen your communication skills, beef up your resume and even lead to either a side gig or career opportunity. Here are 5 Ways to Build a Writing Portfolio.

1.Start a Blog(s)

This is a free and easy way to start up your writing portfolio. You can chose from several blog platforms which include WordPress and Blogspot. You can write about general subjects or pick a subject that interests you. Writing on one subject gives you an opportunity to learn more about it or it simply showcases your expertise. Have fun with it; refrain from very personal thoughts, controversy and harsh language.

2.Sites/blogs looking for writers

When you have written several posts on your blog try to branch out. The blog will give you a spring board to new opportunities. Reach out to sites and blogs that are asking for writers. Some are gigs that don’t pay and others won’t pay too much. Regardless, it’s a good way to get experience and a few articles for your portfolio.

3.Local newspaper

The local/community newspaper is a great way to get some writing published in a credible publication. Sadly, many local newspapers are owned by bigger corporations and more often than not if it isn’t profitable they cease publishing. That’s not too say there aren’t some newspapers around.

4.Start a Facebook Group

Start a Facebook Group in your community. Try starting one on a subject/issue/general interest that you are interested in. Additionally find out (by studying other Facebook Groups) what is working while gaining some insight to how to curate one. Invite friends and family; share stories and write posts that engage people–provoting meaningful conversation. Any insightful and well-written post can be used in your portfolio. It also shows how you can use social media for a positive change.

5.Re-working Articles

If you find articles that you feel could be better try rewriting it. Or better yet, use the piece as a template for another original piece you will write. Although it’s a price that won’t get published, it is a great way to showcase your criticial thinking skills, creativity and research skills.

6.Local Business Websites

There are always local businesses looking to get content up for their website. These small business owners are typically focused on running their businesses so they hardly have time for their website. Offer your writing services to them–offer to update their blog and to update any content they have on their site. This gives you a great opportunity to connect and network with business owners around you while you add some of these writing examples to your portfolio.

If there is a subject that you have developed an expertise in then reach out to those companies that are in that industry. Writing for local businesses will give you credibility and an chance to specialize on a subject like sports or news stories.

Don’t wait! Start writing!

The above seems like a lot of work and it might be, but the rewards are great. Writing is a skill that many companies are looking for in an employee–showcasing your writing flare through a portfolio is a fantastic way to build your resume while you are out looking for a job.

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