Ohio University Office of Career Services


Career Resource Spotlight: The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Portfolio Design by Christy R

Career Resource Spotlight: The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Portfolio Design

To all designers out there who know that a solid portfolio can make or break your job search, this book is for you! Putting together a solid design portfolio and cohesive promotional package can be an overwhelming task. Questions arise such as: Should I use color on my résumé or should I keep it black & white? How do I choose which pieces to include and which ones to leave out? How many samples should I include? This guide will answer all those questions, covering topics such as:

  • Planning your portfolio
  • The portfolio process start to finish
  • The traditional portfolio (with résumé, cover letter and business card)
  • The digital portfolio (CD, DVD, web site—including all the technical aspects of preparing your pieces for optimal digital appearance)

The book will take you step-by-step through all the traditional job-search preparations…tailored specifically for graphic designers and artists! Snippets of advice from art directors and other successful professionals in the field are included to make this resource invaluable to young designers getting ready to market themselves.

Ready to get your hands on this book and start creating building a solid portfolio? Stop by the Office of Career Services‘ Career Resource Center today!



CareerCATS: Opening the door to your future. by Christy R

CareerCATS: Opening the door to your future.

CareerCATS is an Ohio University student marketing organization that promotes services offered by the Office of Career Services. Members of the club volunteer during the Career Fair and support the Office in many other projects.  CareerCATS organizes at least one big event each quarter with the intention of making it as relevant as possible to the majority of students on campus, regardless of their individual major and career goals. During fall quarter the club organized a Résumé Blitz to help students to polish their résumés before the Career Fair.  In winter quarter they organized a “Credit Wise” workshop aimed at educating students about student loans, credit cards and credit history. Currently, the club is planning an etiquette dinner for the spring quarter.

CareerCATS offers an opportunity to gain valuable experience in a variety of areas. This group is the ideal place to develop skills in writing, presenting, graphic design, event planning, problem solving, organization and leadership. The club has something for every major and values each member. Fine art students can expand their professional portfolios by working on promotional material for the various events organized by CareerCATS and the Office. Communications students can develop their public speaking and writing skills by giving presentations about CareerCATS and the Career Services Office to different organizations across campus, as well writing for the group’s monthly newspaper.

For University College students, CareerCATS can help students decide on the major they want to pursue by discovering opportunities they may not have known about before. Lastly, being involved in the group is a great résumé builder!

To learn more about CareerCATS including information on how to join, please check out Career Services’ website.

—Written by Anna Morlang, CareerCATS Coordinator for the Office of Career Services