Building a Professional Portfolio

In many industries, a portfolio is an invaluable asset for your job search. For designers, writers, and other creative, a portfolio is a necessity. Recently, portfolios have gained traction in the job hunt, becoming a strategic tool for showcasing skills to an employer. Instead of only telling the employer about your experiences, you can instead show them examples of your best work with a portfolio. Follow the steps below to create your first professional portfolio.

First, consider what projects you want to include in the portfolio.

Examples of the work you typically do work best in a portfolio. For example, if you are a graphic designer, include physical prints of different types of projects. If you are a marketing professional, add visuals from campaigns that you have done. If you are a programmer, showcase a program you have written on a web portfolio.

Make sure the projects you have selected highlight your best, most relevant skills. Determining what you will include inside your portfolio will help you decide if your portfolio should be printed, digital, or even a mixture of both.

Next, create your portfolio.

Whether your portfolio is digital or physical, you will want to make sure it is simple to review, professional, and well-organized. Remember that the portfolio serves as an example of your work, not necessarily the entire catalog. Choose your selections wisely, and make sure the portfolio is a manageable size.

Finally, decide how you would like to present the portfolio.

If you have a physical portfolio, be sure to take it to the interview. For a digital portfolio, you may want to include the URL on your resume and LinkedIn profile. You can even bring a tablet or laptop to the interview to showcase your portfolio in-person.

Depending on your field and area of expertise, your portfolio possibilities are endless. Creating a portfolio will help you highlight your best work and stand out from other applicants.

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