TRENDY PORTFOLIO TIPS FOR APPAREL DESIGNERS
On average, a job offer attracts about 250 resumes, from which only 4 to 6 candidates will get interviewed, and only one will get an offer (https://uptowork.com/blog/hr-statistics). With that said, the initial impact of your application is what will distinguish you from all other applicants - especially your portfolio. Here are some trendy portfolio tips that you can use as a guideline for information that hiring managers are looking for!
The key to creating an impressive portfolio is making your portfolio a reflection of yourself and your design aesthetic. A simplistic and minimalistic approach is the key.
Be Selective With Your Samples
Hiring managers will take an average of 6 minutes to review your resume or portfolio (http://business.time.com/2012/04/13/how-to-make-your-resume-last-longer-than-6-seconds/). Keeping your portfolio simple and making it easy to navigate is your goal! This is important to keep in mind when selecting work samples you wish to include in your portfolio. Include pieces that are not only relevant to the positions you are applying for, but also pieces that emphasize your specialty (ex. print and pattern, embroidery, etc.) and skills (CAD, mood boards, etc.).
Organize Your Portfolio To Let Your Work Take Centerstage
When thinking about how you want to structure your portfolio gallery, think about whether you would like to organize your work by design type (children’s, women’s, athletic, men’s apparel, etc.) or by company/brand. Hiring managers will look through portfolios and they will be drawn to specialty categories they are looking to hire for. In order to keep it minimalistic while still including your qualifications, make sure to add the reminder of your skills in a visible location such as your “about me” page or under the “skills” section of your resume.
Demonstrate Your Versatility
Demonstrate your knowledge working with various textures, colors, and fabrics. Hiring managers want to know whether you have the capability of distinguishing which clothing pieces would work best with different fabrics such as nylon, silk, and wool. For example, you'll need to know whether a garment would work best in silk chiffon or another material. You'll also need to know which combinations of colors will be most flattering on a piece of clothing. It is these differences that make a design stand out.