Building experience isn’t an easy thing to do, and it’s tempting to shortcut your way to a full resumé by including everything you’ve ever done. If you’re not proud of some work you’ve done, however, don’t flaunt it to a potential employer.
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Speaking to creativity blog It’s Nice That, graphic designer Shaz Madani explains how including your lesser work in a portfolio only hurts your chances at a job. While you may not have much to choose from early in your career, it’s still better to include only your best work when you can.
It’s so important to be selective and have the ability to edit your portfolio. Often seeing one bad project can outdo all the good work.
It’s tempting to put in everything you’ve ever done, especially as a young graduate, when you just want to show as much experience as possible. But it’s not about quantity. If there is something you are not proud of, don’t put it in.
We all have off days, and not every project can be a winner. However, your portfolio is about showing what you’re capable of, not highlighting every flaw. You don’t necessarily need to overwhelm your potential employer with a flood of work, so long as what you show is high quality.
Some sage portfolio advice from graphic designer and Graduates judge Shaz Madani [It’s Nice That via 99u]