It’s the start of the New Year and I hope yours is going well! Perhaps you are looking for your next Creative role?
In many ways the process of applying for a creative role position is similar to applying for a non-creative one, but there is a key difference that should not be overlooked, and that’s your portfolio! A portfolio will often speak volumes, and be key in making that all important first impression.
Here’s a few points to keep in mind:
Content & Relevance – It would be great to include an array of your best work showing you can adapt to different briefs. Accompany this with brief explanations where needed. Or you can focus on your portfolio by including more relevant work. It would also be good to try tailoring work towards the role you’re applying for, if you have the opportunity to do so, this way there’s more chance of it being appealing to them.
Your own input – Make sure the work in your portfolio is yours! This may seem obvious but in your interview, when discussing your portfolio, it will come as a disappointment to a potential employer element if not everything in it is yours. Therefore, if your portfolio includes types of work, such as group projects or part of a team, point out what your input was in them.
Layout – You may want to show off your creative flair with the style of your portfolio, but the key is to make sure your work still stands out. Often less is more, and it can be best to keep the look overall tidy and clean, and let your work speak for itself. This also makes it easier to look through, seeing as often, the person looking at applications will not have much time. Too much additional graphics can take the focus off the work that you have done. Quality over quantity!
Text – If appropriate, some simple explanations or titles can go a long way, and help make more obvious what is what. Don’t forget to make sure grammar and spelling are correct.
Format – The best formats are usually a PDF document or a simple website, as they will be the most easily accessible to all, don’t let technical difficulties hold you back!
If you would like any further advice or insight let us know, especially if applying to a particular role as we may have insight as to what might be best for a particular company/brand!
Good luck in any applications you send this year!
If you would like to have an informal discussion, please contact Laura Pargeter here about the roles we are currently working on.
Edited by Red Squirrel Digital.