Read about how to adjust your CV to the US format, how to prepare your portfolio (if you are an Architect) and the minimum salary.
Within the architecture industry, portfolios and work samples usually are considered more important than any other proof of education or experience. Updating and improving them can become one of the most challenging tasks, specially when showcasing progress at the early stages of our professional life - here are some tips for an architecture portfolio and a few tips on how to shape it to show the best of yourself!
- Less is more. You may notice that some companies limit the size or length of the material uploaded for applications - most are usually overloaded with imaginery and data, so it becomes crucial to keep it short and representative of what you can bring to the table.
- A picture is worth a thousand words. Including a brief description of a project may provide context, but anything longer than two paragraphs will most probably not be read - and be a waste of your space.
- Know your audience. You can have a set of projects in your folder, but there is no need to show your entire trajectory the whole time. Being mindful of what pieces of work may be attractive to your recruiter will automatically earn you extra points.
- Tell your story. No matter if each image is different, or even if they look all the same, companies are interested in good professionals, but strive for natural communicators to be part of their teams. Delivering a message in a polished and unique manner will be much appreciated by the person looking at your work. Always keep a balance between what you have achieved, and where you want to take your career in the future, and how that can be an opportunity to be valuable in the company.
- Readability, legibility, navigability. Three words to explain how having a clear structure can save your samples from being piled up in nobody's desk. Regardless of style, anything that goes into your portfolio needs to express its importance by its scale, position in page or even its font. Just the same texts have an introduction, body and conclusion, your work should follow a set of guidelines that allow the reader to focus on the content, and not the overload of information.
And remember,this is just a few tips for an architecture portfolio
, it's never a competition to find the best porfolio, but to get the person who fits better a certain opening - not all are the best match for all potions. If something doesn't work the first time, share and compare it with others, take the feedback and keep improving!
Making an epic portfolio
can be a daunting task for most of us. It’s not that we are not excited about our work, its just that coming up with the best way to display your abilities and who you are as a designer is not an easy task. There are a lot of blogs which we’ve posted detailing some tips on how to make your epic portfolio
, but it is also important that you ask yourself a few questions before beginning this difficult task. Questions which will help you get a better understating of what it is that you are trying to convey through your work and what sort of style you have as an architect. So here we leave you with a few questions that will help you shape your portfolio and hopefully get you a little more excited in doing so.
1. What is the design theme?
You have to determine a specific design that best suits you and your work. That means keeping a cohesive composition
through the entire portfolio, even if the projects are very different. Determine the worthiness of all of your projects and make sure that you include the works that best demonstrate your capabilities as an architect.
2. Does it adhere to the style of companies that I’m are interested in?
If you have a specific style and your search is narrowed to that, make sure that your scheme follows it. It doesn’t mean copy it, but make sure that it feels inspired by it
. You want to make sure that the layout looks and feels similar to what you are interested in.
3. What sets me firm apart from other architects?
There is a lot of competition out there and if you feel that there is something which sets you apart from the rest, make sure that you showcase those attributes
. Whatever that may be, it is important that some of your personality is seen in the work and in the overall layout.
4. How much do I want to show?
It is important that you put yourself in the employer’s shoes. Think about how much time will they spare looking through your work? Think about it in terms of an interview, most people will make that first impression
in the first two minutes or so and after that it is hard for that image to change. So, you want to make sure that your portfolio displays your best work in a short amount of time. Employers will look through these fairly quickly as they are revising piles and piles at a time.
5. What were my outcomes?
Most companies are interested in seeing your individual contribution to projects and they also want to know if you ever faced any challenges, and if so, how you were able to confront them. Remember that in an architectural office setting you will be working with a team, so it is important that you are able to highlight your role and contributions
to a successful group project.
Make sure to send us your CV and Portfolio
if you need help revising your work!
If you are considering joining our Program, one of the initial requirements that we ask from you is that you send us your CV
by uploading it in the Job+J1
section of our web. Once you have submitted your work, the Selection Committee will do a careful consideration of your work to determine your eligibility and to see where we can help you so that you achieve the dream opportunity that you’ve been searching for. The team will look through your work meticulously to determine any additions or changes that can be made so that your Portfolio truly shines and exemplifies the talents you acquired in your academic and professional career. We will provide you with recommendations
that we’ve seen to be successful for candidates trying to land a job in the States and help you make the changes necessary that adapt to the standards of what American Companies
want to see.
Normally, we’ve seen candidates to be shy when it comes to displaying their architectural drawings, plans, and any supplemental details they have. More often than not, we have to ask candidates to include more sections, elevations, and schematic designs which strengthen the final renderings. Renderings, as good as they are can sometimes be deceiving and might not show a lot of the important details which really matter in that specific project. It is important that you understand that you are competing with a lot of local and international candidates and any extra ingredients that you can add to the mix is always good. A lot of candidates have great renderings, but it is also important that you include the details which make you stand out from the rest!
Composition is another factor in which we try to help our participants. This includes the number of pages which the portfolio has! Accordingly, we also recommend that you stick to 1-2 images per project and page. If the pages are crammed, it will weaken the strength of your design and overwhelm the reader (employer) with information. Get your point across with less! Usually less is more
! That way you can grab the viewer’s attention with the important details and prevent them from focusing on unnecessary decorative elements. We know that it can be very hard, but that’s why we are here to help! We want to make sure that the work you are displaying can grab the reader’s attention in 30-90 seconds.
If you find yourself struggling with this make sure you send us your work, we will gladly assist you in the process and help you with everything within our reach to find you that dream job in the U.S.!!
No, this is something to be discussed directly with the company offering you a position but according to Department of State Regulations
, an Intern
should receive a minimum stipend
of $1300 per month. However, there are exceptions for scholarships and such, so please contact us directly at email@example.com
for us to review your particular case.
You should consider removing the following elements from your resume in order to adapt it to the American style:
- Personal information such as marital status, identification number, your parents’ names, and your date of birth.
- Aggregate grades as many U.S. employers may not understand them.
- You shouldn’t include information such as marital status, date of birth and identification number.
- You may want to draw attention to a topic or qualification, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t write in ALL capital letters - use capital letters only to begin proper nouns such as the companies' names, countries and names.
- Keep your résumé tidy. If you want to use a table to organize information, make sure the lines are invisible. Otherwise, it can be distracting for the HR Managers.
- Don't put references in your CV. You can either send them separately or upon request.