02 Aug, 2022
If you are looking for a new job, working as a freelancer, or intend to design your own brand online, then building a portfolio website is a must for you to demonstrate your skills and talent.
In this article, we have shared 5 common mistakes that one should avoid while creating a portfolio website and how you can correct them. Let’s discuss the points:
Having a purpose is of utmost importance whatever small or big thing you do in life, and when it comes to your career then it becomes significant for you to have a concrete purpose.
50% of the portfolio websites do not possess absolute clarity about what they want to achieve. This is the reason they fail.
Therefore, before you begin design a website from scratch, you need to sit down and think about what you want to achieve with this website? How will you achieve it? What are your goals?
You need to have answers to these questions before you start building the website.
If you are seeking a job, then you have to make up your mind. Similarly, if you are looking for a job then you need to have clarity about that. Only this way you can give your 100% and become the best version of yourself.
If your website does not possess a decent amount of content then what sort of a benefit the user will get to visit such a website? Having so many pictures and no content is indeed not the right practice.
Let’s understand this from the employer’s point of view.
What do they want to know about you?
What projects have you undertaken in the past? Detailed explanation about the work.
What was the timeline of those projects?
What skills do you possess, etc.
If he is getting the answer to these questions then you are on the right track, my friend. If not so, then you may need to give focus a bit more on this subject matter.
Let me give you an example when you were studying maths in school. Then you were not told to directly write down the right answer, in fact, you were told to give a step-by-step explanation of the problem till the end. This is the same case over here.
It is apparent that when you complete building your portfolio website, the first opinion that you seek must be from your family, friends, relatives or colleagues, and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s usual. But these people would not look at your website the way your employer will look at it.
They will appreciate your efforts and give you a thumbs up. On the contrary, a client or an employer will see every single aspect with the utmost attention and in detail.
Therefore, you need to have this thing in your mind that you should focus on the right audience for which the website is intended.
You might have done a lot of work which you want to showcase to your potential client or employer to make them a sense of your skills and talent. But, this could be tricky sometimes.
The reason is, The Clients and Employers do not have this much time to read and perceive every single thing with uttermost concentration.
They are more likely to see one or two specific things about your work to perceive your talent and skills. Be aware of this thing while developing the website.
A large-scale collection is often irritating. Therefore, you need to apply the ‘KISS’ Formula, i.e. ‘Keep it Short and Simple'.
Along with providing crystal clear information about your work, you need to provide complete information about yourself too. It includes who you are, where you belong, your qualifications, skills, interests, etc all such things in a comprehensive manner.
An about section on the website is necessary to let the client or employer know about YOU.
For example, if you don’t have proper and correct information on your website, the main purpose of website designing will be lost. So, always keep all your information in your portfolio.
Most portfolio websites do not have exact clarity about the person. Hence, this is a major turn-off for the client and the employer. Make sure you don’t make this mistake.
So, these were the 5 common mistakes to avoid while creating a Portfolio Website. I hope you find this article useful.
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Special thanks to Shani for writing this blog on mistakes to avoid while creating a portfolio
A bit about Shani:
Shani Deshwal is working at TECHDOST Services Private Limited as a Business Head. He is passionate about blogging and branding. He likes to write about tech, automobiles, and SEO.