Not every role in the creative industries demands a creative portfolio. If you're a creative, a designer or developer, you'll definitely need one (check out [our portfolios guide]) but for budding planners, media, marketing and accounts people, here are some other ways you can sell yourself to employers.
Work on projects in your spare time. Collaborate with friends to create projects that have an outcome. This could be a book around a subject, a prototype for an app idea, writing a song or creating an animated short film.
If you've got a blog you can demonstrate your passion, personality and thinking. You don't have to blog about your industry, you could pick any theme that allows you to express opinion and be an individual. Be sure to keep your blog updated. For more on blogging, take a look at [our online presence guide].
Join networks or societies
Get involved with groups, whether at university or outside, to build up your network. Not only does this look good, you’ll meet interesting people and learn new things. Hopefully you've already connected with a few people via FutureRising.
Go to events and meet people. There are numerous events around the country that will allow you to meet professionals. London alone has free and cheap events going on every week within in the creative industries. They're full of industry professionals who might offer you a job after just talking to them. At the very least, book crits, interviews and introductions are pretty easy to get just from talking to people at events.
Take a peak at the events we've got lined up and those we know about through our partners.
Make use of the briefs on FutureRising. They'll help you improve as well as giving you some great work to show off to employers. Also check out sites like Coursera, Skillshare and Khan Acedemy. There are courses in everything from computer science to the environment and you don’t even have to leave your home. And if coding is your thing, have a look at this handy list of places to learn coding.
Even if it’s in the local bakery, farm shop, nightclub or music festival. Whatever your interest, there will be a place you can find experience. Take film for instance, sign-up to Talent Circle or Shooting People and look for runner jobs on short films and music videos. With whatever experience you get, make it relevant to where you are heading, how did that retail job build your awareness of brands and the way they market themselves to different audiences? Did your job on the building site help you pay for online courses? Everyone loves a story so build one around your experiences.
Help a local charity, hospice or council initiative. There are numerous projects and organisations out there that need peoples' help. As with any paid experience, make it relevant, there's always a way to do so.
People have made cakes with their CVs on and had them delivered to agencies. Others have created their CV in video, poetry, even as toys. Take inspiration from everywhere and think about how you can re-mix your CV to help you stand out. Getting an employer's attention is hard and you would be amazed at the number of uncreative applications the creative industries receive. Don't go to crazy, one guy sent himself by parcel force once and nearly ran out of oxygen.
Create a portfolio
For your role, you might not be expected to have a portfolio. But that doesn't mean you can't. Fallon's David Adamson recommends planners have portfolios and why not everyone else too. Promote and talk about the projects you’ve worked on, show off your ideas that happened and even the ones that didn't. It's a great way to find a connection with an employer and may even relate to client they have at the time.