6-Step Portfolio for Starters

If you are new to this game, you either get anxious to stuff all your latest works on your portfolio or get nervous on what appropriate projects to feature. With online job applications being the norm, you have to figure out how to best showcase your works while keeping with the times. Here are 6 steps for your new and awesome portfolio.

1. Pick Your Stage

Most recruiters ask for a link to your portfolio. It's much easier to have it on a website than having them download a big file. Ask people from your industry where they usually post their portfolios. If you want to have full control of your portfolio's aesthetic and have a solid platform for potential clients, create a website. Plus, having multiple platforms is a great way to connect and learn from the pros.

Tip: Check the following websites above and promote your works
via social media for more online traffic

2. Build Your Brand

Before collecting your projects, create your brand. This should not look like an international buffet where recruiters don't know where to look. Trust us, it will look like you have an identity crisis. We suggest compiling a mood board where you consider your strengths, favorites, and inspirations. This board will help you determine the look and tonality of your brand.

Moods by Eulah Araullo

For inspiration, collect bits and pieces of photographs, textures, colors, and typography. Once you have created a solid board, draft the look of your portfolio. This might take a while, so enjoy the process and keep on experimenting!

Branding by Kelvin Romanoski

3. Go With a Flow

Now that you have identified your brand, organize the flow of your portfolio. Is there a story that you want to tell? You don't want your recruiters to just dive into your projects, because they might leave your good stuff behind. Besides, recruiters usually bail if they see a lot of clutter. Having a good and neat flow will help you steer your recruiter's attention to what you're focusing on. Start with a strong intro that will make them want to browse more.

Portfolio by Anna Wojda

Avoid the big "Hello!" as the first word they see. Almost everyone uses that so think of better ways to catch their attention. Your intro is commonly a short paragraph about your profession and little bit about your personal interest. Don't be afraid to make this fun and informal.

Tip: Feel free to customize and adjust to specific employers you're eyeing. This will show how you value the application.

4. Choose Wisely

This is the best part. Collect your projects from your past job and organize them. You probably want to show them everything. Well, your recruiter will not view all the projects in your portfolio. They usually go for what's first on the list or the most eye catching visual/text. Hence, pick only your best and relevant works.

Portfolio by Katsy Garcia

Recruiters also look for versatility. If you have works from various clients, this is the time for you to show that you can work with anyone. Add a short explanation about your works, such as the production, client, and contributors. While most recruiters demand an explanation, most job seekers forget about this part. It is important to define your role in each project to give them a glimpse of your process.

5. Feature Personal Projects

Besides the big clients and projects on your first pages, recruiters go for personal projects. This will solidify your brand and show how you work without boundaries. Show 2-3 works and explain what inspired you to create them. It could be about a film that moved you, your advocacies, or a strike of boredom.

Art by Eulah Araullo

It is good to place this section on the latter part of your portfolio. By giving them small dose of your personality, they will surely give you a call for an interview.

Tip: Have your contacts at the last page of your portfolio so they can contact you right away.

6. Update. Update. Update.

A portfolio is never finished. As you progress and improve, you will probably hate your previous works. Always keep your portfolio updated with your latest and best projects. It is not good to keep old projects in your feed because recruiters will have the same impression on you. So, stay new and keep on refreshing that portfolio!