Having been through a few interview processes and read quite a bit of information (aka case study upon case study) about Portfolios. Because I’m a designer, and a starving artists (much like yourselves), I’ve decided to be nice and tell you my findings from my reasearch. There are 11 things I learned about job/ internship seeking:
- The process of applying: e-mail first, call second, and wait for final contact last. Case studies show that potential employers expect and are more comfortable with this process. Also, never send an empty e-mail…links to online work or a PDF of a teaser portfolio should be included.
- Most people don’t use print versions of portfolios unless getting face time with the potential employer. However, it is important you have a printed version that varies slightly from any digital or online portfolio.
- Make portfolios, short, sweet, simple and flexible (adaptable). Nothing worse than a long winded, crazy unorganized, hard to change/update portfolio.
- Let the work speak, not the cover or your mouth (too much). Show THEN tell.
- Articulate concisely and well. Also known as: Learn when to shut up. Say only what you need to.
- Keep the work current. Don’t have ancient projects in you portfolio. Remember, a portfolio is never perfect or complete.
- 3 portfolio types: PDF, Online, and Printed. Have each with the same style, but slightly different content.
- Don’t send files over 10MB to potential employers. Annoying.
- Portfolio’s should be personal, but not too personal. Don’t tell your life story, and don’t over decorate. It’s not a scrap book of your life. It’s the content of your career.
- Keep things organized. Loose leaf portfolio papers or bound books doesn’t matter, as long as it’s neat.
- 8-10 is a solid number of projects to show. Usually keep 8 in online and digital, and 10 (certainly no more than 12 projects) in printed versions.
For more information and resources check out underconsideration.com for more case studies and insights.