While we’ve all been busy stuffing our face full of food over this holiday break, I’ve found a sure-fire way to procrastinate thesis writing! As I look forward to graduating with my masters in May, it was time to dust off those scrap-booking skills and get to work on my portfolio. Here’s my step by step guide to a flawless “visual resume”.
Step One: Resume – update your experiences and decide what aspects of your career you would like to highlight! This might be the most important step. I found that it was helpful to print out a copy of my resume and brainstorm ideas of how I could visually represent the different projects I had completed. Here’s my: Professional Resume
Step Two: Visuals – for my portfolio I went with short writing samples (such as blogs) and focused on images, pictures, brochures, etc that brought my resume to life! Below is an example of a page that is paired with a visual of an exhibit logo. I put the image together in a PDF so that it shows the work I did in Exhibition Development at the Field Museum.
Step Three: Materials – After you have your images ready and printed (I went for a semi-gloss paper and high quality print at OfficeMax), it’s time to gather your supplies! I shopped at JoAnn Fabrics in the scrapbook section for a leather-bound portfolio book, acid-free paper, and acid-free adhesive stickers. I also found that a pencil, ruler, and scissors came in handy.
Step Four: Assembling – Who knew that putting together a scrapbook could be so complicated?! Or that I would need a screw driver! Good thing museum studies students are always prepared.
Step Five: Final touches – For my portfolio, I chose to include blank pages at the end for additions that I will make in the upcoming year. I also included a business card near the beginning, and had fun adding in small personal details (and riding the fine line between being too “scrap-bookie” and being plain old boring). Overall, I was pleased with the outcome! Hopefully I can put it to good use soon!