This Weekend: Set Up a Portfolio Site
One of the biggest problems as a semi-design student is the need to have an updated resume and portfolio at all times. Portfolios are a bit of a different beasts than your classic resume. If you have the option, a print portfolio can bring a sense of professionalism to your interviews. However to get interviews and to reach a broader audience a web based portfolio is the best bet.
There a few options for setting up your own portfolio online. My favorite option is called Cargo- alas it is invite only. Cargo allows you to pick a design style and upload content like pictures. It does force you to host your video and audio content elsewhere, but you can easily embed videos from YouTube and Vimeo. Cargo has a free account and a paid option, costing around $9/month.
Another popular option is called Krop. Similar in pricing to Cargo, they offer a bit more cookie-cuter style portfolio and resume hosting. I’m not a big fan of not being able to customize my Krop account but it’s a good option if you’re unsure about how to design your portfolio.
Carbonmade also has a free and paid accounts ($12/month) but limits you on the number of images and projects that you can have. Especially for a paid plan, it’s not great to see so many limits on your portfolio.
Another unusual but great option is to host your portfolio on Tumblr. Pick out a nice theme, something that represents your look and feel, and upload videos and images. It will make keeping your portfolio up to date as simple as possible. However, you may want to pay an upfront fee for a portfolio style theme from a company like PixelUnion. These cost upwards of $49, but compared to a paid plan on one of the several portfolio hosting sites, it’s worth it in the long run.
Portfolio hosting can seem like a pain, but setting up a custom domain, like portfolio.yourname.com can make yourself look professional to possible recruiters and clients. It’s important to have your best work out there when people are searching for you online.