Digital portfolios for creative careers

As a creative, employers need to see your creative vision and examples of your work to determine if you’re a fit for what they need. In order to do this, you should consider creating a portfolio of your work where you have collected and amassed examples of your work. It’s best to have your portfolio in digital form so that you can share the link on your resume, LinkedIn, or business cards. This also makes you and your work searchable when employers or possible patron search for your name or type of work online.

Are you a visual artist? Share photos of your best pieces. Dancer? Upload videos of performances. Are you a scenic or costume designer? Include examples of models you’ve built or costumes you’ve constructed. Fashion designer? Share sketches or link to your Instagram, Pinterest or business page. Writer? Share your stories, blog or excerpts from your work. Graphic Designer? Show me your process and finished products. Animator? Your digital portfolio just became a blank canvas! Think broadly about what you have been doing so that examples of your work come from your classes, extracurricular activities, personal pursuits or work/internship experiences. Everything you’ve been doing counts, so make sure you are displaying and sharing it with as many people as possible.

See examples of a variety of portfolios at CreativeBloq and SmashingMagazine as well as Pitfalls & Principles for Creating a Successful Online Portfolio.

By Shannon Merchant
Shannon Merchant Career Counselor Shannon Merchant