At FRAME Recruitment, specialist recruiters in Architecture and Interior Design, we receive a high volume of portfolios on a daily basis. Whilst the majority look fantastic, we still find a number that do not match up to their potential.
Your portfolio is your time to shine, to showcase your experience and achievements and we are passionate about helping candidates ensure their portfolios hit the mark when they are sent out to potential employers.
We have created a portfolio checklist to help you make the right decisions when creating your portfolio, giving yourself the very best chance to be considered for that perfect position.
1. Choose your best creative pieces
Your portfolio should be a sample of your best work, highlighting who you are, what experience you have and what you can actually do. It should demonstrate your creative or technical flair.
Most clients are more interested in your portfolio and experience rather than just your CV. We see a direct correlation between individuals who have the best portfolios and who secure the most interviews and job offers.
2. Ensure it is your own work
Ideally your portfolio will consist purely of your own work and any images, drawings or visuals that you have produced yourself.
If you have collaborated on a 3D visual or drawing package for example, then you should clearly indicate what you contributed and what has been done by others.
3. Pick your most recent designs
We suggest where possible that you use your most recent work as examples. If you have a piece you are extremely proud of that is more than five years old, do include it but ensure you have more recent examples as well.
4. Clarify your software experience
Employers want to know what software packages you are experienced with, and it is incredibly useful to them to understand on each piece of creative, the software that was used to create it.
If you are proficient in more than one, make sure you make that clear with the examples you choose to include in your portfolio.
5. Let your portfolio tell a story
Add structure to your portfolio, and design it as a case study with a clear beginning, middle and end so that you are highlighting the variety of your full skill set.
Try to start with creative, concept designs or hand sketches, moving on to any visuals and then on to drawing packages.
6. Limit Photography
Try to limit photography to a minimum. Rarely do clients wish to see the finished building or interior, they care more about the quality of the work you have done and how you apply yourself to the processes, not what it looks like after it has been built.
7. Tailor your portfolio to the position
If you are applying for a specific role, then tailor your portfolio so it is relevant for your application. Do not apply for a Retail Architect role with a portfolio full of Commercial Workplace design examples.
Portfolio check list:
- Choose your best creative pieces
- Ensure it is your own work
- Pick your most recent designs
- Clarify your software experience
- Let your portfolio tell a story
- Limit photography
- Tailor your portfolio to the position
- Contain some variety of creative e.g., hand sketches, various drawing packages as well as design examples
- Remember this is a sample of your work – make sure your electronic portfolio is no bigger than 7MB
The team here at FRAME are always happy to talk to you individually to discuss your portfolio in detail or give advice so please call the FRAME design team on 02382 025240 as we are here to help you.