Portfolios are a great means of showcasing a collection of projects/ challenges undertaken and accomplished over the years of working in a particular domain. Creative profiles like that of designers, writers etc. and even developers and programmers are invariably making use of portfolios for a better work presentation.
In a field like web design and development especially, limiting only to a resume for grabbing a job or project is like underestimating one’s own capabilities. If you have not been using a portfolio yet, here are 6 tips on making an attractive design portfolio so that you can hold the eyes of hiring managers.
Start with your Bio
This first section of a portfolio is basically “about” your personality, photograph, education, skills and experience. You can call it the most crucial element of the portfolio as most of the decisions of whether to hire or not to hire you for a project will be made right here. Consider this to be your “first impression”.
Things to list under this section may include-
- Highlights of your key projects done till date
- Personal qualities that makes you fit for the requirements
- How are you different from other designers
Present the best of your work
It is not wise to stuff the details of all the projects you have worked on till date. Such is a novice’s choice. You must only choose to present the best of your jobs highlighting the variety, complexity, methodology and innovativeness in each. On the other hand, never miss an opportunity to include projects that closely match with the current requirements of the employer/ hiring manager.
Criteria of what defines the “best” to find a space in your portfolio-
- Originality of work
- Source of inspiration to others
- Uniqueness in the adopted strategy
Relate the work with your passion
The idea of why you had chosen a project to work on, how your designing instincts are not confined to office walls and how one project influences you to become a masterpiece- such points should be conveyed in your designs as a reflection of your passion in every past and upcoming projects. Try to take in consideration personal projects like website, blog, logos, games etc.
Provide purpose and scope of the job
Not just the title and duration, rather the complete background of how the approach was adopted in order to serve the scope of the project should be specified. This helps the employer or hiring manager to identify your competences.
Details that can be provided are-
- URLs, images, printed documents etc. in support
- Delivery time
- Name of the client
- Description of requirements
Share the recognition received from various sources
Never hesitate to share recognitions received from the clients and why they have recommended you for concluding a particular design task. This will only add to your credibility denoting real-life experiences and not just a representation of vague and void ideas.
Keep it up to date
Continue to add new projects in your portfolio and keep it updated. This also means that anything you think has become obsolete need not be included anymore. The jobs that highlight use of latest tools and technologies should be given more weightage than others which do not serve the same.
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