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How to build your first design portfolio to get a job?


Tegra - January 18, 2020 - 0 comments

How to build your first design portfolio to get a job?

Dreaming about getting a job as a designer? This post is for you! 🍾🤩🤳🏻

Courtesy of @bymarkgerkules

💢 Show only your best projects
Only the projects you are most proud of, they are the ones who can grab the most attention and the better chances you will get to find a job.

💢 Showcase only between 4-6 projects
This is better than put a big number of projects because you also want the employer to go as fast as possible to the call to action and actually contact you.

💢 Include one strong sentence about you
In the home page of your portfolio website, add a strong sentence of who you are, what you do, and where you based. It helps the employer understand a lot about you from this only one sentence.

💢 Have a clear call to action
Have a clear email/contact form, something that leads the employer to easily contact you.

💢 Show what clients say about you!
Another very important thing to include in your portfolio website is what clients you worked with say about you (testimonials) and your work quality.

💢 Include your resume as a PDF
I think a lot of designers forgot to include their resume as a PDF in the website.

Tip No. 1 
Show only your best projects  I recommend you to showcase only your best projects, only the projects you are most proud of, they are the ones who can grab most attention and the better chances you will get to find a job.

Show only your best projects

I recommend you to showcase only your best projects, only the projects you are most proud of, they are the ones who can grab most attention and the better chances you will get to find a job.

Tip No. 2 
Showcase only between 4-6 projects 
When it comes to decide which project you will gonna showcase, I always recommend to keep it between 4-6 projects, this is better then put a big number of projects because you also want the employer to go as fast as possible to the call to action and acually contact you.

Showcase only between 4-6 projects

When it comes to decide which project you will gonna showcase, I always recommend to keep it between 4-6 projects, this is better then put a big number of projects because you also want the employer to go as fast as possible to the call to action and acually contact you.

Tip No. 3 
Include one strong sentence about you  In the home page of your portfolio website, add a strong sentence of who you are, what you do, and where you based. It helps the employer understand a lot about you from this only one sentence. I call it "the strong sentence" as he explain a lot in just a few words. 
Hi, I am Mark Gerkules, a digital product and UX designer based in israel. 
Hi, I am Mark Gerkules, Welcome to my portfolio. 
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Include one strong sentence about you

In the home page of your portfolio website, add a strong sentence of who you are, what you do, and where you based. It helps the employer understand a lot about you from this only one sentence. I call it “the strong sentence” as he explain a lot in just a few words.

Tip No. 4 
Have a clear call to action  Really important thing in your portfolio website is the call to action, where should the employer contact you? have a clear email\contact form, something that lead the employer to easily contact you.

Have a clear call to action

Really important thing in your portfolio website is the call to action, where should the employer contact you? have a clear email\contact form, something that lead the employer to easily contact you.

Tip No. 5  Show what clients say about you!  Another very important thing to include in your portfolio website is what clients you worked with say about you (testimonials) and your work quality, this is important thing to add because the employer will look on what people you worked with say about you.

Show what clients say about you!

Another very important thing to include in your portfolio website is what clients you worked with say about you (testimonials) and your work quality, this is important thing to add because the employer will look on what people you worked with say about you.

Tip No. 5 
Include your resume as a pdf  I think a lot of designers forgot to include their resume as a pdf in the website, In my opinion it's very important to include your resume in the portfolio especially if your looking for new job, the employer will easily download your pdf and look at your experience etc.

Include your resume as a pdf

I think a lot of designers forgot to include their resume as a pdf in the website, In my opinion it's very important to include your resume in the portfolio especially if your looking for new job, the employer will easily download your pdf and look at your experience etc.

Bonus — 4 tools that may be useful in your designer way:

Crello — the simplest online image editor. A simple but powerful tool to create awesome designs for any social media format — posts, covers, graphics, and posters using the best software on the web. It’s easy! A lot of animated designs.
Webflow — all-in-one web design tool that allows users to design, build, and launch responsive websites visually.
Funnelytics — an incredible tool that helps you build the best marketing funnel mapping.
Flowkit — allows designers to create frighteningly fast user flows within Sketch and Figma.

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