A great aspect that many contractors skip out on when looking for new work or wanting to show off past work is a work portfolio. A portfolio is a place where you organize and store all your project photos. Many candidates that provide this extra step stand out more for employers. You want to stand out from the rest as well! Therefore, you need to keep reading to learn how to create a work portfolio.
When building a home improvement work portfolio, you will want to start by collecting images. Take before, after and during photos. The most important is to see the before and after shots. You want people to see what you can do. You do not need a professional camera to take those photos. All you need is your cellphone. Here’s a guide to help you learn some tips on taking professional photos on your phone.
Create a Platform to Display it On
Once you have your photos, you can import them onto a platform. You can create a simple website displaying your portfolio, or you can even create a Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn page to do so. The important thing to know is that you want a platform that is easy to use and easily accessible to everyone.
Your photos are up, so now you need to add a little more information. Under each job (it does not have to be each photo), describe what you did. Do not be afraid to go into detail or describe it step-by-step. This will help future employers know exactly what you can do.
After seeing photographs, some employers or clients will want to have references. In this industry, your references will be past clients and past employers or companies. Before adding them to your portfolio, you need to ask if they are comfortable with you providing their contact information to others. Once you have your references, you can add them anywhere on your portfolio. P.S. Don’t forget to add them to your resume as well.
Add Customer Reviews
One of the best ways to bypass references (or work as additional support) are customer reviews. If a customer leaves a review, you can add what they said under the description of each project. This just allows potential clients and employers to see what past customers have said about you, your work style and your skills.
Place it on Your Resume
Now that your portfolio is up and running, you need to add it to your resume. Therefore, every time you send in your resume, your portfolio is included as well. Since website links are long, we recommend adding it as a Bitly link on your resume. This shortens the link and saves you space.
Once you have your work portfolio, it will be a time savior and a great way to keep all your projects organized. If you are looking for more or new home improvement work in Belleville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville or the surrounding areas, then look no further than Valor Home Services. Submit your resume to us today!