Career Fair Prep

Today’s Topics:

  • Resume
  • Portfolio
  • Workshops and critiques

Resume

Preparing to apply for any job requires a major time investment in yourself. Especially in times when the job market is much thinner than normal.

When an employer reads a resume, there is a lot that they can tell about you just from a one page document.

It’s sole purpose is to tell people what you have done, but it’s also about how you present it. You want to have a hierarchy because some things are more important than others.

Maybe your name is the largest text size on the page. The job titles has a relationship with the descriptions below it, so create hierarchy from that. But also the whole layout overall. You should think about what you want people to see first, second, and so on.

Cater your resume layout towards the amount of information you have, and what restive you are trying to create about yourself. Think about every line, every font, every text size and how they relate and fit together on the page.

Portfolio

Having a portfolio is arguably one of the most important parts to getting work in architecture. This is your time to show an employer what you know, as well as what things you’re interested in.

You should be catering your portfolio to show what you would like to be doing. So if you have a lot of renderings, that’s what you are showing your employer.

If you show concept, diagrams and floor plans, you are conveying something completely different. Think about what you want to be doing in an office.

This should be formatted more towards visuals rather than text, because architecture firms get a ton of portfolios and resumes every week and to try and read long paragraphs of text is unlikely.

Similar to a resume, the way you lay out your work also communicates with the employer. Make sure that you are paying attention to line weights, text size, clarity, white space, and borders.

Workshops and Critiques

Once you have finished your resume and portfolio, before you go and apply for a job, you need to have someone review it.

Having someone with fresh eyes look at it can be beneficial to seeing how the pages flow.

With a resume, checking how legible it is and free of typos is one of the most important things.

With a portfolio, checking how you organize your work, in what order, and how it looks at first glance is majorly important.

Please make sure to get a second opinion on it. When you get these critiques, make sure you schedule in time to actually go in and make these changes.

There are obviously so many things to look at when considering resumes and portfolios, you can have a website like this, you can include your LinkedIn account. The amount of work that you put into this will only help your chances at succeeding.


Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post, I hope you learned something about portfolios and resumes. Leave a comment with any additional tips and advice when thinking about this.

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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