How to make a portfolio (with images)

How to make a portfolio (with images)
How to make a portfolio (with images)

Portfolios show off your creative or professional talents in a much larger and more complex way than a resume. While the items you should include in your portfolio will largely depend on your area of ​​expertise, there are a few basics that apply to most portfolios. Take the time to educate yourself about all the portfolios you could create.


Part 1 of 4: Learn Portfolio Basics

Make a Portfolio Step 1

Step 1. Include a table of contents

Portfolios are great compilations showcasing your ability to do a certain type of work. The inclusion of a table of contents makes it easier for potential employers, administrators or clients to navigate your work and access the information they need immediately.

  • Create your table of contents after you have completed your portfolio, but list it before your other sections.
  • You don't need to list the page numbers if you don't include them in your portfolio, but if you decide to number the pages in your portfolio, list those numbers in your table of contents.
Make a Portfolio Step 2

Step 2. Make a traditional resume

It's always wise to have a traditional resume on hand in case someone requests it instead of your portfolio. In the portfolio itself, a standard two-page resume can serve as a quick summary or succinctly explain the following.

  • Add your contact details including your email address, phone number and mailing address at the top of the page.
  • List your professional history or your educational background.
  • List your diplomas or certifications.
  • Describe your professional experience.
Make a Portfolio Step 3

Step 3. Describe your goals in a personal cover letter

On a separate page, write a paragraph detailing your short and long term goals.

  • For short-term goals, describe where you see yourself in a year or two.
  • For long-term goals, explain what you want to do in the next five to ten years.
  • Your cover letter should also include information about how you feel about ethics, creative philosophy, management philosophy, and so on.
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Step 4. Describe your skills and experience in more detail

Consider the required skills that are likely to be in demand. List these skills in large headings and provide examples of how you can meet these requirements.

  • List the jobs that are going to have asked to use the mentioned skill. Briefly explain the tasks in which you developed or used this skill.
  • List the personality traits that exemplify this skill and give specific examples.
  • Also list anything you have learned, officially or informally, that indicates the use or existence of the skill in question.
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Step 5. Include samples

Note that the types of samples you include will vary depending on the nature of your portfolio and its field.

  • For graphic arts and related areas, you will need to include photos of your work.
  • For writing and related areas, you will need to include sample text.
  • You can include print samples, DVDs, videos, and other multimedia samples, depending on the context.
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Step 6. Add recommendations

Include photocopies of any positive comments or recommendations from sources related to your field.

  • You can include recommendations from clients, employers, colleagues, professors, or reviewers.
  • Employer reviews can also be included, especially if they are favorable.
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Step 7. List your awards and honors

Include a list of any awards, honors or scholarships you have received in your field.

  • If you have received certificates for these awards, include the photocopies in your portfolio as proof.
  • If you don't have certificates for your rewards, simply name the reward, when you got it, and why you earned it.
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Step 8. Describe any conferences you attended

If you have attended conferences or workshops in your field, list them on a separate page. Specify when the conference was held, and the organization that sponsored it.

  • Make a special note about any conferences or conventions you have attended.
  • Also simply indicate which ones you only attended.
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Step 9. Mention your education

Your diplomas generally broaden the knowledge acquired during your school career.

  • List all of your levels, degrees, licenses, and certifications.
  • Also provide an official transcript, if possible, or a list of relevant courses.
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Step 10. Provide documented proof of your accomplishments

If articles have been written about your accomplishments, include copies of those articles in your portfolio.

National journals and major newspapers are the most impressive sources, but you should always include articles written by local news sources, academic institutes, and internet sources

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Step 11. List your military accomplishments, if any

If you were in the military, add a history of your service.

Include information about any awards, badges, or ranks you have earned during your time in the military

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Step 12. Provide references

List professional and academic sources who would be ready to promote your work and skills if asked.

  • Choose wisely and ask permission from each source before citing them as a reference.
  • Include their names, positions, email addresses, mailing addresses, and phone numbers. Briefly state how this reference relates to you.
  • Limit your references to one page and quote three to five people.

Part 2 of 4: include samples of your work

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Step 1. Go for quality over quantity

Instead of overloading the portfolio by including a full list of your past work, include only 15-20 high-quality samples.

  • Start with samples required by the entity you are sending your portfolio to. For example, if a potential client wants to see work samples of music industry ads, include the examples you have before adding additional examples.
  • Also include a few samples loosely related to the field you're most proud of, even if they don't meet the exact requirements.
  • Vary your types of samples. If you are submitting a writing portfolio, you should only include writing samples. These samples can include several genres, however, from journalism articles to blog posts to short stories.
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Step 2. Attach photographs and photocopies in place of the originals

Your original works are too precious to risk getting lost as your portfolio passes from hand to hand. Take photos of the three-dimensional and two-dimensional works and photocopy the writing samples.

  • Use 35mm film or high quality digital printing.
  • Show your work in the best light and from multiple angles.
  • If you are including an article published in a magazine, newspaper or journal, photocopy the front page and table of contents as well as your article.
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Step 3. Consider attaching digital samples

If you have a web design portfolio, animation portfolio, or similar portfolio that requires you to use a digital format, burn your samples to DVD instead of printing screenshots.

For printed copies of your portfolio, you should slip the DVD samples into a CD sleeve and attach the sleeve to your portfolio binder

Part 3 of 4: add the finishing touches

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Step 1. Use a simple, yet effective design

One way to make your portfolio stand out is to have an appropriate design.

  • Stay professional. Avoid "cute" or "cool" images and other unnecessary additions. These will only distract others from looking at your portfolio.
  • Good design doesn't have to be flashy. Rather, it should be fairly straightforward and straightforward. Include headings on every page and keep the same font, size, and coloring throughout. The keys to good design are accessibility and consistency.
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Step 2. Organize Things

A good portfolio should be easy to navigate. An easy-to-navigate portfolio will encourage the viewer to continue reading, but a disorganized portfolio will discourage anyone from giving it a chance.

  • For printed copies, organize your portfolio in a three-ring binder and place the marked dividers between each different section.
  • For copies in digital slideshows, write a title on each slide to indicate which section of information it belongs to.
  • For websites and blogs, separate each section by giving it its own separate web page.
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Step 3. Ask for help reviewing your portfolio

Before submitting your portfolio, have a professional review it for you and give you guidelines on where to improve.

  • You can request this service from educational advisers, trusted employers or acquaintances who are in the same field.
  • If not, you can also try to locate trade chambers and professional workshops in your community to ask for help. Check with your library or town hall where to find free or cheap services.
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Step 4. Create digital copies in addition to printing copies

A printed copy of your portfolio is essential, but digital copies can also be helpful.

  • Digital copies in the form of sites and blogs are particularly useful. You can send a link to your online portfolio along with your initial cover letter to potential employers or clients.
  • In addition, keeping your portfolio in a fixed location online will allow employers and potential clients to find you even without having searched for you first.

Part 4 of 4: Examine Variants of Portfolios

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Step 1. Create a career portfolio.

While there are many types of careers and portfolio items that fit into each field, in general, a career portfolio should be based on an example of work in your chosen field.

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Step 2. Make an art portfolio

When putting together a portfolio as an artist, you need to determine which works of art best show your skills.

  • Create a graphic design portfolio. When creating a graphic design portfolio, only include samples of graphic design work.
  • Create a portfolio of photographs. Search your collection of photographs to build a portfolio of photographs depicting meaningful content and ideal aesthetics.
  • Develop your portfolio for an art school. If you decide to put together an art portfolio for the purpose of entering an art school, you will need to put together a series of works that demonstrate the skills that the art school will want to see.
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Step 3. Create a culinary portfolio

In your cooking portfolio, include photos of yourself at work, photos of your food, copies of menus you have designed, and copies of recipes you have created.

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Step 4. Put together a modeling portfolio

A modeling portfolio should contain portraits of you at your best.

  • Build a male modeling portfolio by studying poses used by other male models.
  • Make a baby modeling portfolio by taking professional photos in different poses and costumes. Continually update the portfolio according to your baby's age.
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Step 5. Create an acting portfolio

This portfolio should include portraits as well as a detailed list of your degrees and your acting experience, as well as a list of the jobs you have held and the reviews you have received.

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Step 6. Build a styling portfolio

A fashion portfolio should include photos and sketches of your work as well as samples of the fabrics you have used.

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Step 7. Put together a writing portfolio

A writing portfolio should include samples of your writing that demonstrate both your writing record, and the topics in which you specialize.

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Step 8. Make a jewelry portfolio

Like fashion portfolios, a jewelry portfolio should include detailed photos and sketches of your designs.

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Step 9. Build a teaching portfolio

A teaching portfolio should include a list of your teaching credentials as well as student work that has resulted from the effective teaching methods you have implemented.

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Step 10. Create an interior design portfolio

When looking for work as an interior designer, include detailed photos of interior design projects you've worked on in the past.

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Step 11. Make an advertising portfolio

Create this kind of portfolio by including samples of past advertising campaigns you have worked on.

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Step 12. Learn more about online portfolios

Online portfolios are easier to create using a blogging platform, especially if you have limited website design experience.

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Step 13. Build a financial portfolio

Financial portfolios are very different from portfolios demonstrating creative or professional abilities.

  • Build a stock portfolio or make a mutual fund portfolio by diversifying and investing wisely.
  • Create a property portfolio. Research the various properties to determine who can produce positive cash flow.
  • Build a portfolio based on gold wealth by learning the best ways to invest in gold and precious metals.

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