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Portfolios and Resumes - Design Strategies

Resumes, Portfolios, leave-behinds, mailers, digital and in print! Landscape Architects need to be able to showcase their work. Discuss the marketing materials we use to apply for jobs and show prospective clients here.

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Comment by Fred Besancon on March 18, 2013 at 9:31pm

If possible Luke, I would recommend travel sketches over travel photography.  I find sketching to be a more sought after, rare skill.  Furthermore, sketches reveal more about what you are looking at and how you interpret a scene.  I've brought personal sketchbooks to interviews that demonstrate the range of activities I do, where I've been, and my interests.  

That said, in regards to photography, do you have photos which portray your view of a space and how you interpret it versus a photo that merely states "I've been to this place."  Otherwise, it isn't 'saying' much in my opinion.

Comment by Luke Mancuso on March 18, 2013 at 8:41pm

what are people's opinion about adding travel photography in one's portfolio?

Comment by Kai Ren on November 26, 2012 at 5:00pm

Thank you very much for your comment Glenn, I enjoy designing spaces for people a loooottt, and feel fortunate to be in LA. Just getting a bit impatient about finding a LA job lol. 

Comment by Glenn Sovie on November 26, 2012 at 4:41pm

Kai, I would say keep it to one page. That is what I always try to do. Cutting out something less important every time I have something to add to it. Although if you feel you have enough pertinent material to add, do so. But definitely no longer than 2 pages. I personally like the one pager.

Might take a while, all I can say is stick with it if your heart is in it. You will enjoy helping to create new places in the real world.

Comment by Kai Ren on November 26, 2012 at 3:26pm

Hi everyone, so nice to have a place for discuss about Landscape Architecture. I recently graduated from LA program, and looking for a job. How long should resume be for a new graduate? 

Comment by Michael Burton-Nickson on March 22, 2012 at 5:02am

Hello Everyone,

I run a landscape architecture job board website and my site allows job seekers to upload their portfolio of work to their personal web space where employers can view it.. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member, please register with my site here http://bit.ly/GLqrRU

It's free to join so come and check out the latest jobs and promote yourself with your own web space.

Thanks,

Michael Burton-Nickson

www.landscapepeople.co.uk

Comment by landplanner on January 17, 2012 at 4:20pm

Page:

Actually, I did those relatively new to the profession a bit of a service by pointing out to them one  far more affordable and easily accessible alternative than the costly online option your self-promoting here.

I have no qualms with the value and utility of your online course, I just find the asking price, far too steep and so would most in these less than prosperous times.

My earlier delivery was a bit tart and salty, but I can be that way sometimes. No apologies.

Comment by Barbara Brem on January 17, 2012 at 11:57am

Sami, 

I'd recommend using 'landscape designer' (I've seen this most often) or maybe even 'recent landscape architect graduate'. If you use 'landscape architect in-training' check w/your state registration board to make sure that there aren't any 'conflicts'. 

As far as looking for jobs: the ones that generally apply to college grads would be 'entry-level landscape architect'. Interestingly, this does not nec. mean that they want a registered l.s. arch. but that they are looking for someone w/ a l.scape arch. degree for an entry-level position.  When you check the 'education' and/or 'skills' requirements for the posted job, you will see whether they are looking for a registered l.a. or someone w/less experienced. 

If you are writing a firm but aren't sure if they are hiring, let them know that you are looking for an 'entry-level' position. 

(Just for 'kicks', I checked the ASLA career site for 'entry-level' l.a. positions and found three...each w/a different 'call-out' for the position: graduate l.scape arch., entry level l.scape designer, and l.scape designer. None were looking for a registered l.a.)

Comment by Bruce McWilliam, ANLD, MCIP, RPP on January 17, 2012 at 10:55am

I remember the saying "Those that can't do - teach"

 

Comment by landplanner on January 17, 2012 at 10:26am

Hey Page:

 

You need to really get a clue here. It appears your somewhat disconnected from the true reality of the marketplace. Let me be specific, in case you can't be.

There is massive unemployment in the design professions and thast has been pervasive going on nearly three years. You are offering a "sure-fire" or "near-fire" portfolio and resume revamping online class for a mere $500 clams and then some ?

Earth to Page: Very few of us right now, have that kind of spare change around to expend on an online course with questionable content and outcomes.

To those that want to save this tidy sum, let me suggest the following far more economical ways to do that.

Go to the demonoid website. If your fortunate to be able to register and get in, here is what you will get and be able to download for virtually free, a very good price.

  • Wordpress tutorials on how to create your own website. There are many of those.
  • Lynda.com -how to create your own online design portfolio.
  • Flash and Flash Catalyst,- programs and tutorials on how to create your own website, utilizing Flash, and create an impressive and powerful presentation.

Let be frank and clear here. I have downloaded all this stuff, and used none of it, to my betterment and advancement so far. What I find a little hard to allow to happen here, is the promotion of an online course of questionable value, use and short or intermediate term benefit, for a borderline ridiculous price.

Page: Like the Lin family before you, quit using Land8Lounge to promote yourself here. While that is completely allowable,  IMHOrin, it cheapens this forum and calls into question what principles (if any) it was established on.

Think my comments over and through before you blast off an inflammatory response like my own here

 

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What kind of work do you place in your portfolio from the professional realm? Mine currently only has college level and internship work. I know that you really should place only one or two of your best projects. But would these projects consist…Continue

Started by Ben. Last reply by J. Christopher Ray Mar 18, 2015.

Hello! I need opinions on my Sample Portfolio 7 Replies

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