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Creating a Portfolio



I suspect you aren't particularly thrilled about this. After all, doing free work (even for yourself) isn't the sexiest thing you would consider, right? But hear me out. If approached the correct way, a career portfolio can become one in all the foremost valuable assets and sales tools at your disposal. Since most freelancing work is finished internationally nowadays, freelancers must have a tool that’s independent of these pesky time zones. With some creativity on your part, you’ll have an opportunity to impress potential clients together with your design, copywriting or aesthetics long before they even have a look at the particular projects.

Your first step is to identify what you want to include. DO NOT build a 100-page portfolio: no one will read it!!


Next, Build a style guide (style, font, colour scheme, etc.)

A style guide lays down a foundation for a set of standards for the writing and design of your portfolio. It enforces style to improve communication. It ensures consistency within your portfolio across multiple documents and visual composition.

You may want to use Paletton as a resource to develop a colour scheme.


Wireframe your pages out. Include basic shapes/objects; don’t worry about including colour in your wireframe. Quick and messy is acceptable as long as you flesh out your

thoughts


Order you wireframes and context. Now you are finally ready to build!!

Content to Consider


The company/job you’re applying for

  • Why that job/company?

  • How do you line up with it (skillset)?

  • What makes you valuable to the company?

Future prospects/goals

  • What do you want to do when you’re in the field?

  • What’s your 5-year goal?

  • Your 10-year goal?

  • How are you going to achieve those goals?

Professional development

  • Certifications

  • certification path

  • Courses (ie.: Edx, Coursera, Udemy, Allison, etc.)

  • Corporate training

  • Seminars/workshops

Extracurricular

  • Passions and hobbies

  • Volunteer work

  • Travel

  • Courses (i.e.: philosophy, art, Simpsons, etc.)

Professional affiliations

  • PMI explanation, membership #

Introduction about yourself

Greatest strengths

Greatest weaknesses

  • How are you addressing them?

  • What is the outcome?

Skills

  • Technical

  • Soft

Education (previous and current schooling)

  • What was your program?

  • What courses did you take?

  • Highlight important/relevant courses

  • Work samples

Work experience

Work samples

  • Massive projects

  • Exercises/assignments

Just include your best work


Utilize a basic eye when choosing what to remember for your portfolio. Here, quality over amount is critical, so stray away from feeling like you have to incorporate all that you've ever made.

Solicit opinions

Don't consider opinion from loved ones, who may not reveal to you the fair truth. Tutors, previous associates, and believed clients would all be able to give extraordinary understanding into how your portfolio functions for them. Maybe they'll recall an incredible undertaking you've neglected or urge you to take more risks with what you've included.


Showcase your most unique and creative work

These pieces are the latest trends. Try Canva or Duoh! They have some pleasant and creative templates for everyone.


Go high-resolution

An image that looks good on your laptop screen may not look so sharp on a large computer monitor. So remember to stick to the highest quality images for your portfolio.


Non-client work is OK

Just because it wasn't a paid client project, doesn't mean you can't put it in your portfolio. If you are planning to start freelancing, go ahead and include them. This can be especially helpful if you're trying to expand into a new kind of work.


Review, add, delete, repeat

Once you feel like you are done doing the work, go back and check you are staying current, so set a schedule to review your portfolio every six months.


Happy creating🤓 and do let me know if this actually helped anywhere😁 Stay safe❤️