bursa cpns - “We ask you to attach a portfolio to your resume” - a similar phrase can be increasingly found in job advertisements. How to prepare a portfolio? And do you really need to do it? To present your own achievements in a beautiful way, read the Superjob tips.
Strokes to the portrait of the applicant
Translated from Italian, a portfolio is just a “portfolio with documents”, but, as you know, HRs understand this word as a “list of completed work”, which allows you to get an idea of the applicant as a specialist. And this is not necessarily a folder with photographs, sketches or newspaper clippings, it can be a presentation and a candidate's personal website. Photos, publications, as well as video and audio clips - all this will add the necessary touches to your portrait. Sometimes it’s enough just to attach a few links to Internet resources with your work to your resume.
Do you need it?
Who needs a portfolio? For successful employment, it is primarily used by people of creative professions - designers of all specializations, journalists, architects, fashion models, etc. However, today this tool is becoming more and more popular: teachers, PR managers, programmers often make up portfolios - that is, those who whose work achievements can be at least partially represented visually.
Do you need a portfolio? Probably yes, if:
- you have a creative job;
– in the process of your work, you create something fundamentally new every time (drawings, design projects, articles, codes, images for photography);
- your work is project-based;
The employer asks for a portfolio.
But for those whose work is related to strict adherence to instructions, a portfolio is usually not required. Accountants, secretaries, human resources specialists, system administrators, waiters, salespeople successfully get their dream job even without a portfolio, with only one resume.
List of achievements
Superjob provides the ability to attach a portfolio to a resume. Use it - it will be convenient for the employer to see both the resume and your work at once.
It is customary to compile a portfolio from works of different genres, different styles and directions - in this way you can demonstrate the variety of tasks that you had to face. That is, if you are a photographer, include pictures of all genres in which you shoot in your photo selection, and if you are a journalist, present different types of texts, etc.
However, there are exceptions to this rule as well. If you are applying for a position as a political columnist for a major publication, for example, you should not include your fashion notes and articles about the rules for growing tomatoes in a summer cottage in your portfolio, even if they are written absolutely brilliantly.
A portfolio is akin to the "Achievements" section on a resume - it's customary to visualize what you reported in your CV. Therefore, for inclusion in the portfolio, you need to select your best work. You should not deliberately reduce the level of work for fear that the employer will always expect masterpieces from you later. The employer understands perfectly well that a portfolio is an exhibition of your achievements, and not a report from daily creative searches.
In what order should you submit your work? You can chronologically - in this case, the recruiter will see all the stages of your development as a specialist. And you can - by genre, style or direction: in this case, it makes sense to place the best works at the beginning and end of the "folder" - taking into account the psychology of perception. How best is up to you.
What definitely should not be in the portfolio is your family photos. Surprisingly, according to recruiters, this recommendation is not in vain. Meanwhile, a picture with the caption "I'm with the cat Barsik in the country" is unlikely to contribute to a career.
Is it worth it to print?
Should I print my portfolio or is it enough to submit it electronically? There is no single answer to this question. If you have doubts about the convenience of an electronic portfolio for a particular employer, then it is better to play it safe and provide a printed version - successful projects often only benefit from high-quality printing.
Superjob wishes you a bright portfolio and brilliant employment!