The field of arts is vast and the competition is huge. To make your mark in the industry, just being skilled is not enough. How you present yourself matters to a great extent. In order to become successful, you need to keep your portfolio updated. The first thing which employers or potential clients observe about your resume is your portfolio. It is the first impression which you make on others as a designer. Here are the dos and don’ts of creating an amazing portfolio.
Your intro matters
How you introduce yourselves says a lot about you- it sets your image in the other person’s mind. Think of words which describe you or your objectives. Be original and creative and think of the introduction after much thought. Writing random and copy/pasted text would not benefit you, as it won’t set you apart from other designers. Answer the following questions in your intro: Who you are, where you are located, and what kind of work you like to do. You need to show your personality through the text and be straightforward in your approach.
Choose the right work to include
Don’t just include everything you have worked on, but be picky. Choose the kind of work to put in the portfolio which you would be excited to do in the future and one which makes you excited. Working for big brands is not always the key to success. Rather, you need to focus on small businesses and work which makes you passionate and challenges you to get out of your comfort zone and create something extraordinary. Projects with small companies will also give you scope to grow.
Make it pleasing to the eyes
Your portfolio should be pleasing to look at. Since you are a designer yourself, the design element of your resume and portfolio will be expected to be top-notch. Decide on a theme over the overall design or just play with colors. Anything which appeals to the eye is what you should pick. Go for bold colors if you want to make a statement, or light colors if you are looking for a more professional touch. Keep the information organized so that it looks sophisticated and not messed up.
Create an ‘about us’ page
In your case, it could be an ‘about me’ page, as it would highlight everything about you. Your interests, your professional and educational journey, and your achievements should be. Highlight them for your employer to help them know you better.
Follow these tips and make your employers select you when they first see your resume. Be hard to resist!