Get ready for the gig economy.


Start documenting your work. Make sure you have evidence of every project you’ve run, every event you’ve organized, and every meeting you’ve facilitated. Keep this evidence in progress portfolios or journals and secure an endorsement against the very best.

Diversify your evidence so that you can demonstrate your ability to read, write, speak and listen. Use videos, photos, images, documents and sound bytes to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, attitudes and abilities you bring to the table.

Keep all this work in a portfolio. Visit your content regularly and share your portfolio with others. Demonstrate your commitment to continuous learning and hone your skills to defend merit.

When you export your portfolio, curate the artefacts carefully. Post evidence that matters to your audience. Sort, filter, and export strategically. Use various multi-media solutions to demonstrate that you’ve done your research and offer evidence of your competency against the company’s core values.


Define what’s important to you. If you don’t want to spend more than 3 minutes (MIT’s allowance) on portfolio review, be specific about what matters to you. Do you want to see evidence of innovation? Define it. Do you want to see evidence of technical skills? Create that category. Make your definitions specific to your industry and your organization. Identify the values and competencies that are unique to your line of work and challenge individuals to provide evidence in each category.

Then, prepare your processes for filtering talent in this gig economy. Do your managers know how to review a portfolio? Help them understand what they should be looking for. Ensure your managers are no longer looking (only) at work history. Make sure they are measuring what matters and that these metrics align with what’s unique and important about your organization.

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