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Creative Jobs for People with Disabilities: 6 Tips for Professional Portfolios
One of the main concerns you should have as a person with a disability is finding the right job. With all of the different employment opportunities on the market, it can be difficult to make the right decision. Currently, there are more job openings that people looking for jobs. This is why you will need to devote some time and effort into researching the employment opportunities at your disposal.
If you are like many people with disabilities, you are looking for creative jobs that challenge you on a daily basis. Creative jobs like web design, marketing or content writing are both lucrative and hard to get. Landing one of these jobs will require you to have a great portfolio.
The following are some of the things you need to consider when trying to create a great portfolio to showcase your talent.
1. Landing Creative Jobs is Easy With an Appealing Portfolio
When putting together your portfolio, you need to focus on presentation. You need to realize that the people who will be looking over your creative work look at hundreds of portfolios a day. This is why you need to find a way to make your portfolio unique.
Voluntarily identifying yourself as a person with a disability may be a good idea if the job you are applying to is a Federal Contractor. Federal Contractors are companies who do work with the federal government. They must comply with the US Department of Labor’s rule to have a workforce consisting of 6% of people with disabilities. By providing a potential employer with this information, you may be able to increase your chances of getting hired.
If you are trying to land a job as a web designer or an online marketing manager, having a digital portfolio is a good idea. By building a website to showcase your work, you can make it easy for employers all over the world to take a look at what you are capable of.
2. It’s Never too Early to Start a Portfolio
If you are going to college to get a degree in a creative industry like web design, you need to get an early jump on building your portfolio. One of the biggest misconceptions most people have is that they have to obtain a degree in order to start a portfolio.
Often times, you will be required to complete creative assignments while in college. Using these assignments in your portfolio is a great way to show a potential employer what you can do.
The longer you wait to start and perfect your portfolio, the harder it will be to land the job of your dreams. You need to remember that your portfolio is not written in stone. This means you can alter it any time you want with ease.
3. A Portfolio Should Highlight Your Diversity
As a person with a disability or a disabled veteran of the United States military, you are probably quite familiar with how beneficial a high level of diversity. The people who serve this country are from all walks of life and various economic backgrounds. While putting together your portfolio, you need to utilize the power of diversity.
Showing a potential employer how you can use your skills for a number of creative projects can help you create a competitive edge. If you are seeking out a career as a web designer, then your portfolio should be filled with website designs for various businesses.
Most employers are looking for team members that are creative chameleons. By showing a company how well you can handle various roles, you can make yourself a desirable employee candidate.
4. Your Portfolio Should Abide By the Quality Over Quantity Philosophy
Often times, newcomers to jobs in the private sector will make mistakes when it comes to the building of their portfolios. Filling your portfolio with half-baked or uncompleted designs is a horrible idea.
When it comes to designing a winning creative portfolio, you need to provide potential employers with quality over quantity. A potential employer will want to see well-thought-out designs in your portfolio, even if you only have a few to show them.
Taking the time to include your best work in a portfolio is essential. Getting in a hurry when it comes to the construction of a creative portfolio is a horrible idea that will make landing a good job difficult.
5. Keep Your Portfolio Organized
If you do have a number of different designs or projects to put in your portfolio, you need to keep them organized. The last thing any potential employer wants to do is dig through pages and pages of designs to find what they are looking for.
Portfolio websites should have easy to use navigation and pages for each of the different projects. By making it easy for a potential employer to see your designs, you can increase your chances of getting hired. Also, as a person with a disability, you need to ensure that your design is accessible.
Once you have completed a creative portfolio, you need to let a friend or family member look at it. Getting an objective point of view is a great way to find out where changes can be made. Often times, a creative portfolio will go through a number of incarnations before you are happy with it.
6. Updating Your Portfolio
Using the “set it and forget it” mentality in relation to your creative portfolio is a horrible idea. As you grow in your chosen profession, you will need to make sure your portfolio reflects this growth.
Neglecting to update your portfolio may lead to it looking outdated or bland. The time and work invested in these portfolio updates will pay off in the long run.
Persistence is Key
If you are a person with a disability trying to find creative jobs, you need to avoid giving up when getting passed over for a position. Being persistent is a must when trying to get a good job in the creative industry.
Are you looking for more information about employment opportunities for people with disabilities? If so, check out our article on the best work from home jobs for disabled veterans.