The first assignment as a part of CIU111, is to build an online presence, or more specifically a portfolio website. Such a website is designed to showcase one’s work, skills, and inclinations, and is a factor that is regularly taken into consideration by hiring managers (Smith, 2013). And being as I am, a film student, on the path towards entering a market as competitive as the creative industry, a portfolio becomes all the more important when marketing yourself to prospective employers.
Jacquelyn Smith for Forbes.
With the availability of numerous website builders and online portfolio tools, many of which are free of charge, creating an online portfolio is both quick and easy. However, through the course of my research for this assignment I’ve come realize that to create a successful portfolio, one that can give you an edge in the market, calls for further intervention.
Primarily it is about raising your visibility and accessibility. Oftentimes professionals include examples of work without providing any context, making it impossible for an employer to make an assessment on the eligibility of a candidate. But this can be easily remedied by using annotations and notes to talk about how and why the work was created. Additionally, in keeping with the need for clarity, contact details need to be displayed prominently so there is no doubt as to how hiring mangers can email you, follow you on Twitter or connect on Facebook. It should be made clear how you want people to reach you and in what capacity. Above all, the portfolio must be sufficiently navigable where the hierarchy of information is easy to understand, and the design is consistent in layout. (Stewart, 2014).
Furthermore, simply creating a portfolio is not enough, it needs to be treated as a living document, periodically tweaking and updating as necessary. Removing projects that are older than 3 years, can ensure relevancy, in a portfolio which could otherwise appear dated (Ling, 2011).
Brian Ling of designsojourn.
A successful portfolio is one that has the perfect blend of personality, prominence of work, and ease of use—it is one’s business card expanded. And for the budding professional looking to showcase their work and abilities in an already crowded environment that is the creative industry, it can be instrumental in helping one stand out from the competition.
Ling, B. (2011, April). 10 Essential Tips for Creating that Killer Portfolio – Design Sojourn. Design Sojourn. Retrieved from http://designsojourn.com/10-essential-tips-for-creating-that-killer-portfolio/
Smith, J. (2013, April). Why Every Job Seeker Should Have a Personal Website, And What It Should Include. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/04/26/why-every-job-seeker-should-have-a-personal-website-and-what-it-should-include/#3509061119e1
Stewart, C. (2014, April). Create the perfect design portfolio: 30 pro tips | Creative Bloq. Retrieved from http://www.creativebloq.com/create-perfect-design-portfolio-111153/