Still wading through cover letters and resumes for a Jr Designer.
It certainly is an eye opening experience to see some of these “portfolios”. What are teachers at these meat grinding, fly-by-night “media” schools telling these kids? “Oh don’t bother learning HTML, Dreamweaver will fill in the tags for you. And speaking of tags, go ahead and use the font tag all you want. It won’t be delineated for years now. And while you’re at it, make sure the guy you’re trying to impress can’t see a clear picture of your work. Yeah use Flash as much as you can because that’s the future of web design.”
Two things that turn me off in a portfolio: religious references of any kind (Peace and Divinity!) and “arty” pictures of scantily clad women (some wearing the same bikini!) in the bushes at Scarborough Bluffs. You can see in the model’s eyes the dream of being Canada’s Next Top Model but they’re seconds away from an inappropriate suggestion of loosening the straps for a more “real” shot.
And just a quick note about resumes: I don’t read everything on them because I really don’t care if someone worked for Dunkin Donuts ten years ago. I’d rather see 2 year old school work projects than be informed of past horrendous crap jobs that have no relation to the job you’re applying to.
And finally: If you’re going to use a free web hosting company to park your portfolio, please don’t use that company’s free site building template. Especially if you’re applying for designer. Dork.