Sometimes when people are just starting out, they can lack self-belief and their portfolios can seem scattergun. We can see portfolios where there is a little bit of 2D, a bit of 3D, stylised work, environment work; a mishmash of everything and we can’t tell what the person is all about or who they are. Embracing your own unique output is one of the best things that you can do. You want people to know you through your work. If you don’t have a focus and it seems like you want to appease everyone and everything then you risk losing that quality. You lose the edge that gives your work its unique value.
From a position of self-belief, you’re also better placed to embrace kind criticism and improve your working practice. Taking on outside perspective, learning from it and improving your work as a result, is a skill in itself. Coming back to the someone who has critiqued your work, having taken the input onboard, can create a very good impression. It shows a willingness to develop and grow. Raw talent is one thing, but combine that with humility and a hunger for development, and it’s invaluable.
If you’re unsuccessful with your job applications, don’t give up. Add to your portfolio and make sure it’s better than before. Return to the same employer. Show them you’re serious.
Learn more about creating your perfect portfolio, with the Atomhawk Portfolio Guide. And if your portfolio is ready to share, visit our careers page.