Jan 17, 2019 - 02:40 PM
Typically, portfolios come in two forms – print or online. In the past, designers and creative professionals would bring a print (i.e., physical) portfolio with them to interviews. It would allow an employer the opportunity to flip through the candidate’s clips/samples to get a feel for the style/quality of their work. Sometimes, a candidate would have one very nice portfolio that they would keep after the interview was complete. In other words, they would not give it to the employer. Other times, the candidate would create a smaller version of the portfolio that was easily reproduced. In this case, they would leave a copy behind for the employer after the interview.
Online portfolios are more common today. There are many content management systems and tools that make creating a website for a portfolio quick and easy. Creative professionals can include photos or images that show their work. They can also link to websites or other digital projects they have worked on. This allows the portfolio to be shared easily through email.
If it’s your first time creating a portfolio, look online for portfolio samples. There are many ways to make a portfolio and you want to find the one that best fits your needs. Above all, keep samples of your work. Even if you are not ready to create a portfolio today, you want to have all of the information needed for a successful portfolio at your fingertips whenever you decide it is time to build one.
Aug 22, 2018 - 06:12 PM
Portfolios are much more detailed than resumes and require a larger time investment to create. While a resume is one or two pages long at most, a portfolio is usually presented in a professional, 3-ring binder allowing for an in-depth showcasing of your experience and skills. Portfolios aren't meant to replace resumes, but rather to enhance them.
The purpose of resumes and cover letters is to get you a first interview where you then bring out the portfolio. Use it to illustrate why you are the best person for the job, to supplement the brief outline of qualifications presented in your resume. Keep in mind that Portfolios aren’t right for everyone, though. Take a look at what LiveCareer has to say to see if a portfolio is a good choice for you.