Are you applying for a new engineering job? Pitching clients or working as a contractor? Whenever you need to show off your engineering skills and accomplishments, an engineering portfolio may be the best option. It goes beyond a simple resume, highlighting actual projects that you’ve completed. Here are some tips for building the best possible portfolio.
Focus on Your Brand
You don’t want to include all of your past projects in your portfolio unless you are very new to the field. Instead, you want to tell the story of your personal brand. What do you most want people to know about you? Are you an expert in a specific niche? Do you have top-notch problem-solving skills? Maybe you’re committed to always being on the cutting edge. Whatever makes you and your engineering style unique, that’s what you want your portfolio to reflect.
Make It Comprehensive
A full portfolio package doesn’t only include examples of your work. You also need an eye-catching title page, an index, a brief personal statement, copies of any relevant certificates and licenses, and your resume. If you have any testimonials from supervisors, clients, or coworkers, you can attach them at the end.
Show Off Each Project
Remember, a portfolio isn’t just a list of what you did. Each project needs its own detailed description. What was the project objective? Which role did you play? What methodologies did you use? And most importantly, what was the outcome?
Also, provide a lot of visuals for each project. Photos are key, but other visuals may also be appropriate. Play around with charts and graphs, diagrams, or even video snippets to help tell the project’s story.
Building an engineering portfolio can seem intimidating, but it’s the best way to explain what you’ve actually done in your career. Focus on your brand, build a professional package, and think of ways to truly show off each individual project. With some effort, you can create a portfolio that takes your career to the next level.
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