Notice: Undefined index: fallback in /home/aerecruitment/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/tag.php on line 53

Notice: Undefined index: fallback in /home/aerecruitment/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/tag.php on line 53

Portfolio Tips

Notice: Undefined index: fallback in /home/aerecruitment/public_html/wp-content/plugins/elementor/core/dynamic-tags/tag.php on line 53

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email

AE Recruitment receives emails containing architectural and design portfolios on a daily basis, we’ve seen a lot of good examples and equally a lot of bad examples. We decided to put together a guide so that you can make the right decisions about what it should look like, what information it should contain and how to get it across to your potential employer.

First of all I would advise compiling 2 portfolios, the first a sample portfolio around 5mb of your very best work and the second a much more thorough portfolio which you can take with you to interviews

Portfolio 1

This portfolio should be a “sample” of your best work which highlights who you are and what you’re about, this is the time to show off your creative side and really ruffle those feathers.

Portfolio 2

Use your creative skills and really push the boat out. This is where you should be showing off your presentation skills, free hand skills as well as computer skills. When you get to interview stage you might want to take along your own laptop and load it up first, make sure it runs smoothly so there’s no awkwardness during your interview


  • Both portfolios should each be sent in 1 easy to open document for example a pdf or PowerPoint which are commonly installed programs. It’s likely you’ll get lost in a sea of applications if you send it as a .rar file for example
  • Make sure they can be easily emailed and received, so not too big please
  • Make sure it tells a story of your work starting with the most current and working backwards, you could even add a few details to the side of the images about the project itself and most certainly what your role was but definitely don’t forget to add an explanation against each image, show the date the work was produced and the name of the project
  • Never send individual emails with multiple attached images… there’s nothing worse and more than anything it implies you couldn’t be bothered to spend the time to do it properly
  • ALWAYS SHOW YOUR OWN WORK. You wouldn’t believe how many people use images that were someone else’s work……you will always get found out!!!
  • Before you start compiling your portfolio be specific about your image selection so that your range of experience is highlighted throughout.
  • Make sure it contains the very best examples of your work
  • Contain some variety eg, internal and external images as well as 3D visuals
  • Use a well-known/well used package such as PowerPoint or adobe reader

Do check list:

  • Make it easy for the reader, detail everything you think they’ll need to know from the outset. It’ll make you application process a lot smoother
  • Test the link or document to make sure it can be easily opened
  • Show off your very best work from the outset. You can show off your background in more depth during the interview

Don’t check list:

  • Don’t send multiple individual images
  • Always so images of your own work. In some cases it’s really obvious and this reflects badly on you
  • Don’t highlight phrases or buzzwords
  • Always use spell check – Thank you Rhys!

Please also check out this link which gives loads of great advice. It’s not only to help with putting together a portfolio but also gives you an online presence for potential freelance work as well 

If after reading this you are still stuck and would like some help please contact our team on

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

More To Explore

The Dream CV "My 2 second bud"
CV Tips

The dream CV: “My 2 second bud”

As we evolve as a species so does our understanding of our local surroundings and our awareness of our colleagues predetermined behaviours. Our consciousness is so attune to its environment that whilst in the mist of our own existential crisis we’ll only break free when we notice an anomaly we’re not so familiar with in someone we thought we knew so well.. Recruitment isn’t so different, while viewing hundreds of thousands of CVs a week it’s only the anomalies that’ll ever get noticed! For better or for worse your head is above the parapet and on show for all to see. It’s apparent that job seekers don’t really know what a good CV is anymore  It’s a startling fact that only 3% of applicants will make it to interview stage….. 97% of all job applications are effectively a waste of time which is a ridiculous amount of wastage in time, money, effort, thought, etc. Those figures suggest that people really need to pay more attention to how they’re presenting themselves Back to our desk in our own existential crisis… if we thought half as much about the outcome, who we wanted to be, what kind of person arrives at that destination

Job Search

Job Search Technique “Spray and Pray”

It’s all too easy to fall into the depths of trepidation when you’re told by your current firm they have to let you go. Years ago, before ATS (applicant tracking system) had been invented a technique that recruiters and job seekers used was the “Spray and Pray” technique for their job search. It’s the method of going into rapid fire mode, spraying CVs out everywhere and praying you’ll land a job. While some people get very lucky it’s more likely you’ll only hear silence… like tumbleweeds rolling through the desert in a cowboy & western movie Why it does not work It’s not personal When a company posts a job online they’re usually flooded with applications and their contact details are obtainable. Someone using the Spray & Pray method collates those email IDs and sends a mass message beginning, “Dear Sirs”, “Dear Madam” or “To Whom it May Concern” and there’s is a 99.9% chance you have not taken the time even to research the company which comes across in the presentation  2. The ATS (applicant tracking system) beat you An ATS system is designed to match keywords, among other things, if your CV doesn’t contain the relevant keywords for