Ever worried how your portfolio is going to fare among a number of candidates applying for a designing job? Remember, as they have also been invited for the interview, the interviewer finds them as creative as you are. The only thing that will stand out and help you nailing the interview is the portfolio. Your portfolio is the representation of your creativity and the ability to handle the job responsibilities. It is the face that is going to speak for you strongly in this short period of meeting.
The question is how much effort do you put while making your portfolio? Portfolio is not something where you put all your designing works and professional examples haphazardly. Portfolio should be like a book that tells the story of how creative you are with perfectly recorded images and references. As a designer, understand that your portfolio is also something that needs to be designed such that it catches the attention of the interviewer from a heap of other portfolios.
Making a portfolio is a tough job as you have to check out which of your designs are going to make the most impact. Apart from that, you should tailor your portfolio in accordance to the job profile and the company that you are applying for. Here are some of the ways you can make your portfolio outshine your competitors:
- Does the length matter? This is a question that often pops inside the mid of a designer while making a portfolio. Portfolios should be as long as to give enough idea about your creativity and published works, but should be short enough to not put the interviewer in a state of bore. Even though you have put images from a single project, make sure to treat them as separate entities. A portfolio generally should be as long as 20 pages.
- The best is what that will get you through. Putting images after images of your work randomly is easy, but will it work? Go through all your work and chose the best-fit images for the job profile. Mix the work such that it showcases the diversity of your works. Stuffs for high-profile clients stand out from the rest and it doesn’t matter if you feel other designs you have done are better than those. Be selective and illustrate your flexibility of designing for the job profile you are applying.
- Consider proper digitising of your physical works.It is impossible to provide original artworks of your designs in the portfolio. So you need to digitise them properly before using them and it needs to be in high resolution to capture all the details perfectly. Always use a good professional camera or a scanner and if you are not good at photography, you can use the help of your friends who are good at the job.
- Non-professional work can also be added. You can add non-client works which have not been published or used for professional purposes. Projects that have not being done for clients can be used in the portfolio as long as it is unique and renders out the best of your creative prowess.
- Multi-talented? Then, brag about it. Do you have more in you than the creative designs that you made? If yes, then do not forget to brag about it in your portfolio. You need to let them know about your other creative bent of mind. This will give you an edge over the other candidates.
So you have created an amazing, eye-catching portfolio which will ensure you a foot in the door of the job. But, wait! Are you prepared as well to present it in the perfect way? Be sure that you do a self-rehearsal about how you are going to present your portfolio. This will surely help you to crack thedesigning job you always wanted.
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