The portfolio is the document presenting your work, if there is a document that should distinguish your application from that of a rival, it is this one! First of all, know that there are as many portfolios as there are architects. We’ll give you a few quick tips to maximize your chances of getting attention.
Let’s get to the heart of the matter, a portfolio does not need to include all your projects! It’s about making a selection of the best projects. Present five to eight projects in fifteen pages, no more. Note, the best projects can be those you prefer or the most relevant to the company targeted for your application (if you are applying to a company specialising in social housing projects, highlight your housing projects in your portfolio , simple isn’t it?). What projects to choose when you leave university? For a young graduate, it is necessary to present the projects carried out during the internships, their End of Studies Project, a project carried out during a competition, or even a project carried out during studies and well accomplished.
A portfolio should read like a book, it has a beginning and an end. We advise you to place projects that highlight your skills and experience, that is to say your best projects or once again the most relevant projects in relation to the targeted company. Otherwise, place the projects in an anti-chronological order, from the most recent to the oldest.
For each project, you must also select the documents. The objective is to put less so that they are more readable and have more impact. In short, less is more. Choose the documents that will allow you to support your explanation on the project when you present it for an interview. As for the text, we are not going to lie to each other: we are unlikely to spend alot of time reading them, so keep it short or simply indicate information about the project in the form of points. Recruiters are interested in knowing the title of the project, the year, in which context it was carried out, the surface area, the budget, the client, and the software used to produce the documents presented. Above all, remember to have your documents checked because a spelling mistake always has a bad effect!
The layout is crucial too. Favour a clean and minimalist layout with a unity between all your projects: a graphic style, an identical presentation insert present in the same place … Also consider the consistency between your documents. If you use a color on your CV, use it on your portfolio and vice versa.
Remember, it is best to have a paper portfolio for interviews and a digital portfolio for applications.
Once the portfolio is finalised, all you have to do is apply for our latest job offers.
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