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March 15, 2005


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Jim Durbin

The portfolio question is a tough one. now that she owns her own firm, my fiancee downloads her content off of her website during presentations, because clients change the original sites so often that the lifetime of "your" work is often just a few months.

When I was faced with this problem, I created a job-hunting portfolio on CD that addressed the expected path of my work for the first six months.

It was a template that I customized for every interview, and had the added benefit of showing my presentation skills as a salesperson.

For a designer - a job portfolio increases their value because it shows what they are interested in, as opposed to only what they were paid to do. It also erases the concern about copyright or sharing client information.

We've all seen bad work - but sometimes that's the client request and not the employee. A job portfolio with a template could be reused for different interviews, and absolutely differentiates you in the minds of the employer.

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