I am currently writing up my Resume yet again, and again I'm trying to decide whether I should go about my entire strategy in a different way. (U.S. Resident, if it matters)
After about 3 years at one company, I encountered personal issues which severely affected my work - specifically the time I was arriving. This company is well known within certain circles, and it was my first job out of college. I was fired for tardiness. Other than that, I always had great reviews and got along with everybody well.
I have made a lot of changes in the 8 months since then, and I can confidently say that it isn't going to happen again. Since the timing of the firing lines up well, I don't mention being fired and say instead that I moved to my current location, which is why I am now looking for new employment.
However, there are two issues I have concerns about:
I wouldn't say I made any "real" friends during my employment. There were tons of "work friends", more like acquaintances, but I don't have anyone I can depend on to give me a good reference without mentioning the reason I was fired. Instead, I list friends from college who worked on projects with me.
The work I did is private company property, so I lack a portfolio that shows my real level of experience. I do have things I could show from college. As you might expect, there is a ton of difference between my level of skill now and 3 years ago, and I don't think that work even comes close to actually portraying my current skills.
My resume otherwise looks fairly good. I find I get the interviews, but I suspect my lack of portfolio and references after the first interview makes me a rather risky candidate.
I have started working on a portfolio, but regardless I desperately need an income. Should I be taking a different strategy in order to secure my next job? How should I minimize the impact of my previous termination, lack of references, and portfolio?