We receive 20-25 portfolios every month from people who want to be a part of the TDBS team. It should be a pleasure to go through the portoflios and see what young designers have to offer, but to be honest it is a daunting task. Most of the portfolios we receive aren't thought through, have lack of presentation skills, which is the only thing a graphic designer should know how to do AND are 25 mb files! Guys, seriously!
In order to get a good set of portfolios sent in every month, we thought we'd give you all some advice!
1. DON'T forget to attach your CV and your portfolio. You'd be surprised at how many applications we receive just saying 'Hello'!
2. Put in your best and most recent work, not something you made after learning Illustrator for the first time!
3. Most graphic designers are able to tell good design even at a glance, that's something you should beable to create even if we just see thumbnails on your behance portfolio page!
4. We don't care much for sketches, watercolour paintings or sculptures that you did back in college, as long as you can translate all of that digitally, you're good to go! We want to see projects that are relevant to us as a graphic design agency.
5. If you are just starting out and don't have much to put in your portfolio, take a month and do a set of hypothetical projects before applying. Don't ever use the excuse of not having a big enough body of work to cram your portfolio with college assignments.
6. MOCKUP YOUR WORK! Mockups can only help your application. Not only that, they look outstanding! Even an avergae logo design can look amazing when mocked up.
7. Don't add pages and pages of irrelevant things! Keep it simple and impactful.
8. Write a short note about the project. What the brand/client does, how you approached the project, how well it worked (or didn't). If other people (colleagues / professors) contributed to a project, mention your role clearly.
9. Learn how to downsize your portfolio to 5 mb! 30mb files will not be accepted!
10. DO NOT zip your files! You'd be rejected immediately!
11. Cover email should sound like your excited to work with us and have done you're research! BCC'ing us is not appreciated!!
12. Don't be lazy and just put a link to your portfolio, take the time to attach it!
13. Do not make your CV so full of every symbol you could ever draw and create that its like going through an emoji menu! Please keep it simple and clean.
Look forward to getting better portfolios!
Your resume is often the first contact you make with a potential employer—and that first impression can make or break your chances of getting a job. That's why writing your resume - and ensuring that it's spotless - is such an important part of your job search journey.
Write the perfect resume by avoiding these common pitfalls.
1. Typos and grammatical errors
Probably the most obvious of all resume tips: It needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn't, employers will read between the lines and draw not-so-flattering conclusions about you, like, "This person can't write," or, "This person obviously doesn't care."
2. Attempting the "one-size-fits-all" approach
Whenever you try to develop a one-size-fits-all resume to send to all employers, you almost always end up with something employers will toss in the recycle bin. Employers want you to write a resume specifically for them. They expect you to clearly show how and why you fit the position in a specific organization.
4. Employers, however, don't care so much about what you've done as what you've accomplished in your various activities. They're looking for statements more like these:
5. Going on too long or cutting things too short
Despite what you may read or hear, there are no real rules governing resume length. Why? Because human beings, who have different preferences and expectations where resumes are concerned, will be reading it.
That doesn't mean you should start sending out five-page resumes, of course. Generally speaking, you usually need to limit yourself to a maximum of two pages. But don't feel you have to use two pages if one will do. Conversely, don't cut the meat out of your resume simply to make it conform to an arbitrary one-page standard.
6. Bad summary
Employers do read your career summary, but too often they plow through vague pufferies like, "Accomplished professional seeking career growth." Give employers something specific and, more importantly, something that focuses on their needs as well as your own. Example: "An accomplished marketing manager that developed award-winning campaigns for Fortune 500 clients that contributed to 50% increase in stock value."
7. No action verbs
Avoid using phrases like "responsible for." Instead, use action verbs: "Resolved user questions as part of an IT help desk serving 4,000 students and staff."
8. Leaving off important information
You may be tempted, for example, to eliminate mention of the jobs you've taken to earn extra money for school. Typically, however, the soft skills you've gained from these experiences (e.g., work ethic, time management) are more important to employers than you might think.
9. Visually too busy
If your resume is wall-to-wall text featuring five different fonts, it will most likely give the employer a headache. So show your resume to several other people before sending it out. Do they find it visually attractive? If what you have is hard on the eyes, revise.
10. Incorrect contact information
I once worked with a student whose resume seemed incredibly strong, but he wasn't getting any bites from employers. So one day, I jokingly asked him if the phone number he'd listed on his resume was correct. It wasn't. Once he changed it, he started getting the calls he'd been expecting. Moral of the story: Double-check even the most minute, taken-for-granted details sooner rather than later.