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Chances are that the most common piece of advice you’ve heard about job seeking is to stand out. This advice still holds for several reasons. Primarily, employers – from memory care facilities to law firms – not only look out for qualifications and experience but also for individuals who showcase innovative thinking, and a genuine passion for the roles, standing out in creative ways often means being a lot closer to securing the job you want.
So here are 3 out of the box creative portfolio ideas to try out for your next job application.
More and more people are becoming accustomed to being constantly stimulated and so interactive portfolios are already on their way to being a hit.
An interactive portfolio is simply one designed to engage visitors immersively by going beyond static images and text to create a much more engaging experience. Think of it as storytelling through user interaction.
There are several ways to curate an interactive portfolio of your work. For example, you can:
Incorporate interactive elements like clickable prototypes, sliders, animations, or parallax scrolling to showcase your work
Use creative navigation menus and intuitive user interfaces to guide visitors through your portfolio
Encourage visitors to interact with your projects by including comment sections
Diversify with multimedia elements like videos, audio clips, or 3D models
Case Study Portfolio
Detailing your path on projects can really pay off with potential employees because it showcases valuable analytical skills.
A case study portfolio delves deep into your thought process for projects you’re proud of, offering an in-depth analysis of your strengths.
For a portfolio that accomplishes this, you want to:
Start with a brief introduction to the project, including the client’s goals and challenges
Explain your research process, and how you planned the project
Showcase the different stages of your work – drafts, sketches, prototypes, etc. – explaining the rationale behind your choices
Highlight relevant obstacles during the project and how you overcame them
Share the outcomes, including any measurable results or a project’s impact on client goals
Offer a reflective analysis of how each one contributed to your growth as a professional
There are very few jobs where anyone gets to work completely by themselves. Consequently, the ability to work well with a team is a valuable skill in the job market.
Collaborative portfolios showcase projects you’ve worked on as part of a team, demonstrating your willingness to collaborate effectively and contribute to group efforts.
Giving context about each collaborative project
Introducing your collaborators, highlighting their roles and expertise within the project
Explaining your specific role and contributions to the project
Describing how you and your team communicated, made decisions, and resolved conflicts
Detailing the project’s outcomes
Reflections on how each collaborative experience has shaped your teamwork skills
Try one or all three portfolio types out to better provide a well-rounded view of your skills in a way that makes you memorable to potential clients or employers!