The Job Portfolio
Introduction to the Portfolio to be used in a Job Search: The main challenge facing most art students and recent grads is developing the necessary job search skills to access the job market. If you feel that this may be the case with you, or you fear that it may be upon your graduation, you can start doing something about it now. As the long-standing adage says: "The person who gets the job is not necessarily the most qualified person, but the person who makes the best impression." So while your degree has without doubt equipped you with an array of invaluable skills and abilities, presenting those in a professional and organized manner - for example, by using a well balanced, awesome portfolio - may be what gets you the job.
The Importance of a Job-Related Portfolio:
- With recent changes in the work world, looking for a job is no longer a straightforward process. You will need more than your résumé and cover letter to convince an employer that you are the right person for a job.
- A portfolio does more than a résumé and cover letter can - it demonstrates your work ethic, technical and conceptual skills, charts your professional growth, and shows your general to specific creative skills.
- During your career you will probably work in more than one creative field - a portfolio is an excellent way of identifying your transferable skills and showing an employer how your diverse experiences can be useful to them.
- A portfolio will give you an edge during the interview. Employers will appreciate the effort you put into creating the portfolio. It will make it easier for them to interview you and figure out how you will best fit their artistic needs.