Last week I got a call from my cousin telling me that her son and his wife had transferred to San Diego. His wife is a graphic designer and was looking for a job. My cousin asked if I would take a look at her portfolio and give her some advice. Of course I said yes, I love looking at designer’s work (who doesn’t) and I really wanted to help her. She has been a designer for about 7 years, she had been freelancing while they had a baby and had moved to a couple of different cities.
Even though she didn’t have much full-time experience she had done quite a few freelance projects. I reviewed her portfolio and resume, we worked together off and on for about a week or 10 days. It turned out her portfolio was in really good shape, it just needed polishing up a bit and we spent most of our time on her resume. We reorganized her information and made it more digestible for a potential Sr. Designer or Art Director to read. In the end, we packaged her up all neat and tidy with a cohesive look and I think it’s only a matter of time until she gets a full-time job that she will excel in.
Through this process, I realized how much I loved helping her, providing advice and using my skills to help her career move on to the next level. I had so much fun, I decided I’d like to do more of this type of work.
If you’re a designer and looking to up your income with a new job or title, or maybe you’re interested in getting into an art school, even if you’re in high school getting ready to apply to college to get into a creative program, you will need a portfolio. I know it’s really hard to critique yourself and narrow down the projects to just a few relevant ones. What is relevant anyway? These are the type of things I can help you with. If you need help with your portfolio, please schedule a FREE 15 minute assessment meeting with me by sending me an email with your availability and we’ll schedule it.