Just a little question - I'm ready for a change of scenery from my current job and have been applying for the odd designer role (Melbourne based). I have a teaser folio in my resume, however a couple of companies/ organisations have now requested I send them my full portfolio before being asked in for a interview.
I’ve tried to say I’d rather come in, and present my folio etc – but they’re just not interested.
It honestly feels a little rude - not giving me a chance to explain each piece, the brief and results etc.
I'm just curious if this the new practice for finding the right candidate?
@miss_spiked - how small is the teaser folio? I can't tell without looking at your resume and portfolio teaser but sounds like its primarily focused on your resume and not the work.
I personally don't think its rude, whenever I've employed staff, I've just wanted to see as much work as possible before getting them in for an interview especially as there are so many people applying for design jobs that it would just be time consuming to sit down and listen to everyone explain each piece, the brief and the results.
Whenever I look for work, I've sent a pdf of about 8 projects but shown enough of the project that you can see the outcome and I've always got called in for an interview than take in about 12-15 of my best projects. I always focus primarily on the work and keep my resume super brief 1 page.
I guess its kind of like when you're pitching to a client, 90% of the clients don't care about your thinking, rationale, research etc, they just want to see the creative so that's how I base my portfolio/resume on
I know how you feel @Miss_Spiked. I think it can seem rude(ish) depending on how genuinely interested they are.
I can definitely see why employers would want to see a full folio, however I have always thought that walking into an interview with exactly the same work they have already seen is a bad idea. I want to keep some things to myself until then!!
The other tricky thing about sending your full portfolio is if you were part of a team that worked on something, sending it in your portfolio makes it look like you did it all. As you said @Miss_Spiked .. no chance to explain.
I would expect designers have an online portfolio these days. I understand sometimes your employer will not allow you to post the work in the public domain but I'd expect an online presence of some sort... even if it's just self initiated work. Something you might consider.
I think you're right to want to get a face to face though but you might have to be prepared to jump through a few hoops to get there. If people are looking for designers that means they're busy and perhaps don't have the time to give everyone a fair shot.
That's true @Dave and @Trex but if they ask for 'PDF under 5mb' or whatever, I always wonder - if you send them a link are you not ticking the 'able to follow instructions' box?! I personally wouldn't care either way.
I caved in to this recently and made a mini portfolio as a PDF for a job I thought I wanted.