How To Build A Personal Portfolio

When applying for a job, a good personal portfolio can be just as important as your resume and cover letter. Your portfolio can be a game-changer depending on how impressive it is. It contains more details of your previous work and your abilities, and gives the company that you’re applying for specific reasons to hire you. The more professional your portfolio is, the more it can interest your employers. The following are some tips that can help you create a professional portfolio.

Collection of Your Work

For creating a portfolio, it is important to include the work that you have done. It should include examples of previous artwork, reports, reviews, documents that you might have made for previous employers, examples of excel sheets, etc.

What you include in your portfolio should highlight your specific skills for the job that you’re applying for them.

Further information about your previous work

The work that you have done for your past employers can further highlight your work ethic and your professionalism. If you have worked with well-known companies then including information about that can make your portfolio look more professional. Those can include brochures, newsletters, new products, etc.

Include correspondence and feedback that you have received before

Any letters, feedback, or correspondence that you might have gotten from your employers, teachers, or clients that give details of your work ethic and integrity should certainly be inserted in the portfolio. Such comments can make a huge difference and make your new employers consider your position in their company.

Show your skills

If you feel like you have worked with a variety of techniques then you should definitely include them in your portfolio. Although it is important to highlight the specific work for the job you want to apply for, it is also necessary to show your whole skillset in order to let your new employers know that you are talented and can take on responsibility.

Organize your documents

To make your portfolio look professional, you must make sure that the documents and content included in it are clean, concise, and well organized. You should always make multiple copies of your work so that even if you lose one copy, it won’t get too stressful for you as you have backups.

Update your portfolio and keep previous as well as recent work in order to highlight the growth of your skills. By doing this, you would not have to create a new portfolio every time you apply for a new job.

Zahra Rehman

Social science undergrad and amateur artist who has a soft spot for cats, dogs and philosophy.

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