If you’re a prolific writer, photographer, or artist, and you are trying to put together an online portfolio to apply for a job, fellowship, or school, it can be difficult to sort through all of your work and choose the pieces that best represent your skills. Do you choose your newest work or do you try to tell a story with your work to people how you have grown? In this blog, we have a few pieces of advice that will help you discover which work should be included in your online portfolio.

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Trust Yourself

You’re probably the toughest critic of your work, so pick the pieces that hold up under your scrutiny! Picking your own best work almost always pays off because you’ll choose the pieces that are most important to you, and that passion will show through! If you are having a hard time determining what your best work is, ask yourself a few of these questions:

  • Which of these pieces feels like a big step forward from your older work?
  • Which of these pieces do you hold up in your mind as being a standard that your other work must meet or exceed?
  • Which work feels the most polished and ready for publication?

Trust Others

While your friends and family mean well, chances are good that they aren’t always the best judges when it comes to your work. Instead, include art, photos, or writing that people who are respected in your field liked. This can include teachers, professionals, or employers, as well as your friends who also work in the creative field.

If you have won awards for some of your work, include those pieces! People like to see when you have been able to impress others enough that you were recognized.

Know Your Audience

It is always a good idea to tailor your online portfolio to match the sensibilities of the people who will be seeing it. While you shouldn’t create carbon copies of pieces they’ve used before, understanding the visual aesthetic of a publication, school, or workplace will allow you to prove that you can fit in. Including a mixture of work that looks like something they like with other works that are very different is a great way to prove to them that you are a versatile creator.

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