April 10, 2009, Newsletter Issue #28: Web Design Portfolios: Beginner

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So how does one go about building a web designer portfolio? If you're just starting out in the field, it can be tough to get jobs without an established portfolio or body of work to show your skills. If you have nothing to show, people are sometimes unwilling to gamble on your ability; no matter how much schooling you may have.

The good news is that there is a fairly easy solution to this common dilemma. You can volunteer to build a site for someone and then use it in your portfolio. One great place to start is by researching non-profit organizations in your area. Is there an animal shelter nearby? What about a senior center or even a dance company? Chances are, if they don't have a Web presence, they may be very interested in using your services. Build a few of these, and you have something to show potential employers. It will also give you some valuable work experience and a chance to be creative.

If you have no luck with this, you can always try your hand at building a site for an individual, or for someone you know. Perhaps there is a local artist that you admire, or a friend of the family that has a start-up business? There are many different options once you start looking around. After you have some Websites finished, you can decide which ones are "portfolio-worthy" and use them to showcase your skills.

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