An architecture portfolio comes in handy when looking for a job. In most cases, this is what determines who gets the job and who continues on the job seeking track. It is therefore important to make sure that the portfolio you develop wins your prospective employer’s respect and will get you the chance you are looking for in the job offer. Portfolio preparation may take your time and effort, but if you can make it good enough to win you a job offer, then it is worth the commitment.
There are several portfolio preparation ideas you cannot afford to leave out.
Make a good first impression
The chance to sell yourself happens only once and you should make the best use of it. Your introductory page should make the viewer want to keep on looking at your work; make your portfolio a real page turner! Making a good engaging written intro together with a captivating graphic or image can grab the attention of your reviewer. Give a brief informative highlight about your background; it can go a long way to creating the right impression. Remember to keep it simple, with a few sentences that drive every point home.
Narrow down to the basics
Specialize on one topic that you are passionate and enthusiastic about and sideline the ones that do not dominate your attention. You can be a jack-of-all-trades, but narrowing to one specialty really counts in giving you a better chance of being hired. Show your confidence about what you do. Remember, attitude is always determinant at how good you can be at anything.
Organization is critical
Your work may be professional, but that may not matter much on the first look if it is not presented in an organized fashion. What makes the difference upfront is the appearance of the work. If you have everything well organized, you may win the reader’s confidence way before they get into reading your content. On the other hand, if you have good but shoddy content, then your reader will most likely note your lack of organization over your quality.
Include recent projects
This may sound obvious, but many people do not know how recent their portfolio projects are supposed to be to look relevant. Focus on projects from the past three years. Anything older than that should be left out of your selection, since this may sound a little too old, especially with the changing trends. If you have a longer career base you may want to highlight some of your very best work even it it is older to show your breadth of experience but always start with the most up to date work.
Keep an optimum number of projects
When it comes to preparing a design portfolio, the number of projects you include matters a lot. You may have done many of them, but it is obvious that you cannot include all of them. Generally, 8-10 projects are enough to display your former works. Anything more than ten is likely to clog your reader with unnecessary information, while anything less than eight may look a bit light.
Having a presentable portfolio can give you a better chance of securing a job. This is why taking your time and giving your all in your portfolio preparation is paramount for every landscape architect or other design professional. A lot of effort should be accrued to giving it a cutting edge, as it is meant to give you an advantage over others whom you are competing with in the industry.