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WHY RECRUITERS LOVE PORTFOLIO? (AND YOU SHOULD TOO!)



WHY RECRUITERS LOVE PORTFOLIO? (AND YOU SHOULD TOO!)
- by Jeremy Lim

Hey there! Jeremy here, I just want to share with you on why you should you use portfolios.
Pardon my grammar mistakes though.

This is a simple guide to portfolios for beginners.
Portfolios (Just like Resumes) are like passports to getting hired!

Portfolios? What is it?
It’s a basic compilation of the projects and items you have done, downright from idea generation to the end goal of your project. In a summary, it’s a way of showcasing your skills, talents and proficiency. Employers can see what you’re good at! It’s a sort of an extension of your resume, in which most employers would love to see. Except it should be really well crafted.

Who uses theses portfolios specifically? Do I really need to present them on my interviews?
Well, mostly those who are working in the IT/Creative field such as developers, web designers, graphic designers, architectures and many more. Not just limited to these industries, even marketers, investors have one of their own! The uses of these portfolios really increase the chances of getting hired. So instead of saying out how your last product you did in last year improved the quality system of your client’s websites blah blah blah… You can show them the sequences or images of how it works.

“Like they say, a picture paints a thousand words."

If you’re an industrial designer, it should consist images of your product, the features or any project successfully done with clients. Also does a photographer, the types of images on different events and settings and photomanipulation done.
Featuring your most prominent work to display, proudly on your portfolio.
The importance of these portfolios goes a long way! Like I said before, it’s a way to showcase your skills and proficiency.

WOW. I’m interested! How do you make one?
There are many types of portfolio like building a website but this guide can only help you the most basic portfolio done that can be printed or saved into your cloud (email, cloud drives, thumb drives, your computer.)

These are the steps to crafting the simplest portfolio. Ever.

Step 1: You need a computer

You would have to use powerpoint to make the pages of your portfolio. Another way if you do not have a powerpoint you could visit sites that you can make one.Such ways if you would want to display your work online, you could use sites like coroflot or wix. Best if you are a web developer u might want to do a website example as a portfolio!

Step2: Organizing

Plan the projects/images you want it to be featured. Maximum about 15 to 20 pages long. Start from the best or recent project made to entice the employers to know more. Optionally you can include a table of contents, on the 2nd page after your title page. Include a resume in it. If you don’t have a resume, click here. You may put in a cover letter in your portfolio. Describe your long-term/short-term goals. 

Portfolios is an advertisement to promote yourself. Imagine selling yourself to the employers. What sort of content would you need to include? Similar to a resume, instead you would want to put the works and samples you have done previously. You may arrange them in chronological order too.

Step 3: Awards, Testimonials and commendations 

If there are any commendations or testimonials, best that you can put it inside altogether. Awards that you’ve received for the work you have done.

There! It’s not that tough, right? If you have any trouble in any of these steps you may contact me here!
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