Double check your work before sending it on its way!
by Angela Black
Pulling your portfolio together for the first time can be a heady and triumphant experience. The need often pops up quickly and we love helping people show off their work in a pinch. While you might be tempted to send the link around and never look back, we have a few suggestions of things to give a second glance before pushing your portfolio out into the world.
Are you easy to reach?
It’s surprising how often folks forget to include their email address on their About page. If your contact info isn’t readily available, it could mean getting passed over for new work. No bueno.
Is your About page doing its job?
While it’s true that your work speaks for itself, it still amazes us how often folks leave their About page completely blank. Creative hirers like to have some sense of who you are as a person. Where are you located? What kind of kudos have you earned? What kind of work makes you happy to get up in the morning? Even the briefest bio info can go a long way towards making you a more appealing candidate.
Did you fill in your project details?
In the spirit of saving time, it can be tempting to skip this step. If you’re the sole creator, you’re simply missing an opportunity to share additional details or client info that builds a better picture. If the work was done with others, you need to be clear about the role you played in each piece. In the age of the interwebs, it’s pretty easy to get caught overstating your part in a collaborative effort whether you meant to or not. Take heed, my friends!
Has someone else looked it over?
Even the most hawk-eyed copy editors overlook mistakes in their own work. Our brains are tricky beasts so it pays to ask a friend to check your writing. Even if your work is jaw-droppingly good, typos make people think you’re sloppy. Avoid scorn and banishment by having a pal cross your eyes and dot your tees!
Are you sharing the right link?
There is a front end and a back end to your portfolio. One is for sharing with the public and one is where you tinker with and edit your work. Be sure that the link you’re sharing starts with your portfolio name (e.g. davegorum.carbonmade.com) or you’ll send folks to a dead end of sorts. We see backend links (e.g. my.carbonmade.com) shared with some frequency on the Twitters and such so we wanted to point it out.
There’s a lot to be said for taking a substantive look at your work as well (i.e. are you showing too much? are you showing too little? is it a fair representation of what you can do?) but we’ll pull that together for another post. In the meantime, take a moment to add that extra polish and then fire at will!!