Alexander Acosta Osorio

video, photo, blogging and media

Getting your portfolio together

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Portfolio

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If you are a professional or recent graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication perhaps it will be a good idea to have a portfolio ready to share with your prospective employers or potential business partners.

Surely, everyone would like to see what you are capable of.

Having a portfolio is as important as having a résumé, a blog, a twitter account, a LinkedIn profile, or your very own website.  When people hear the word ‘ portfolio’  most instantly think: photographs. Yes, but it is not always the case.

Aspiring (web) designers, writers, bloggers, marketing, advertising and communication professionals should have a sample of their best work at hand. It makes part of good publicity. If you can market yourself effectively chances are you will land that job or internship opportunity you are looking for.

It’s good to have both a physical copy of your portfolio for the face to face interview — it shows you care about what you do. In the same way, having an online presentation is equally, and even more important.

In the same way people Google you they will also click on your portfolio link.  So why not to have one? There are several websites you can host your work on for free, or for a premium fee. You just have to pick the right one for your work.

For publications,writing samples and even photography portfolios you can try http://www.issuu.com/  or http://www.behance.net/

http://www.viewbook.com/ is also a good choice, but it won’t be cheap.

If video is your thing http://www.vimeo.com/ will give you an edge. But if you want to try YouTube, be my guest.

There are two ways you can go about your portfolio: you either tailor  a ” I can do it all” portfolio where you show your versatility in different areas, or you go ‘ maestro’ and only show what you are best at. It depends on what you are applying for.

It is always best to have both– just in case.  And of course, make sure you are sending the right link.

If you have published work, include it in your portfolio. It always looks good.

If you are applying for a writing opening, include your blog(s) and other related sites in your résumé, or make sure they are click-able somewhere near by.

Remember: Presentation is important, but content is key.

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Written by Alexander Acosta Osorio

April 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Posted in Blog content, tips

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  1. You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Ive spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

    Randy Pena

    April 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm


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