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Common mistakes when designing a portfolio:

  1. Lack of a clear structure

Portfolio design and layout depend on the ability to communicate with users. If you can't connect with the hiring manager by properly presenting your job, how will you interact with users after hiring?

Structure your portfolio information by chunking and visualizing harmoniously. Highlight important points in bold. Most managers skim through hundreds of resumes per day, your best qualities and experience should be visible immediately; otherwise, they will simply be overlooked. A product designer must have the following description structure:

  • Business is a problem
  • User problem
  • Your decision based on the above
  • How would you influence the effectiveness of the task, the interpretation of the intended results

The text should have a coherent, consistent structure, traced from beginning to end. You don't need to drastically change the context in each paragraph, as this can confuse your interviewer.

  1. Dates.

Set a specific time frame for your activities in a specific enterprise or on a single project. When reading your experience, there should be no confusion or ambiguity with the execution period.

Explain why you included this particular project on your list, and what was significant about it. How long did it take? It happens that an action made in one project is very different from a decision made in another.

  1. Unclear role. 

Identify your specific teamwork activities. It's good when you talk a lot about yourself, but the information should be structured, backed up by specific facts.

If the role has changed during the course of the project, also indicate this point. It is normal for some responsibilities to be replaced during a lengthy development process. Providing details of your activities will help HR to better understand your scope and versatility.

Add these three aspects.

Skills of interaction with team members, in addition to the independently completed task. Check out these examples, try displaying something like this on your resume:

  • "I was able to structure the team's differences of opinion with a marker and a picture."
  • “I was able to convince the client of the appropriateness of very bright colour, giving examples of how, for many companies, this is an integral part of the brand. In the end, he agreed in my favour, since the information was convincing and logical. "
  • "Convinced the customer not to add the dropdown menu in an inappropriate place."

Feel free to talk about how your professional skills and beliefs have propelled teamwork to a new level. It is important how you are able to convey your idea and defend it, both in front of the team and in front of the customer.

  1. Competence. 

Based on the age and experience of the candidate, more hopes are placed on him. Clearly justify the logic of the personal steps taken, supporting each step. An argument why you chose certain colours, how you applied such a sequence of blocks for the site. If you decide to skip the study, be sure to note the reason as well.

Junior designers, must show that they know how to make the right decisions, and not just do it because they "said so." Show the facets of your thinking, the ability to get the necessary results, the process of work.

  1. Retrospective. 

Include in your portfolio analysis of the decisions you made and the associated bottom line. This is an important point that, for some reason, many people overlook when filling out information about themselves. Do not idealize your ability to make the right decisions; everyone has mistakes, do not be afraid to admit and point out this.

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