Portfolio websites can be a great way to show your work off to potential employers. Some are just a resumÃ©, but others include a variety of things. People with IT degrees can include photos of websites they’ve built and lists of systems they’ve worked on. They may even include an example of a problem they encountered and how they went about fixing it. Artists can create beautiful pages displaying their art work and how they made them.
A portfolio site is basically just a site with your professional work on it. The Following is a step by step process of how to create your own portfolio website.
1. You’ll want decide what you want to be and organize your information accordingly. If you want to be a graphic designer, include all relevant work pertaining to the position. Organize all your relevant information and get it ready to post on your page.
2. There are three options to choose from when creating a portfolio: blog, website or simple portfolio. A blog is free (unless you purchase a domain) and you can post just about anything on there from pictures to written material. A website costs a monthly fee but it isn’t restricted to one page. The simple portfolio also has a monthly fee but is typically simpler than a website and is usually restricted to one page.
3. Once you have decided which type you of site you want, you can begin designing. There are many website creating tools out there on the web including web.com and godaddy.com. If you are computer language savvy, you may be able to create your own template.
4. Don’t forget to include a pitch for yourself. Why should an employer hire you? Besides looking at your work, they don’t know a whole lot about you. You’ll need to be able to market yourself if you want to get hired.
5. Other than creating a personal pitch for yourself, you should definitely include an about page and a contact page. The about will allow employers to learn more about you and your character. You do not need to go too in depth and personal, but give the employers a reason to come back to your portfolio. The contact page will allow them to get in touch for that second date.
6. Place all of your relevant projects and information on the site. The potentials are going to want to see your work before they give you an official interview. Make sure you use your best work and describe how you created each piece. It will give the employer a better view of who you are.
7. An employer can’t find your portfolio without traffic. Traffic is good; it means people are coming to your site. Give people a reason to come by. Start a blog. Give tutorials on how you created your work. And keep updating and adding to your site more and more awesome projects showing employers why they should employ you.
Voila, you have a strong portfolio site that employers can find and of course contact you.