Portfolio Tips

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.
No, this is something to be discussed directly with the company offering you a position but according to Department of State Regulations, an Intern / Trainee should receive a minimum stipend of $1300 per month. However, there are exceptions for scholarships and such, so please contact us directly at training@architect-us.com for us to review your particular case.
 
  1. Include both 2D and 3D drawings on your portfolio.
  2. Use 1-2 images per project and page.
  3. Make sure all your drawings are readable without the need of a 3x zoom-in.
  4. Use as little text as possible.
  5. Gather graphical information of your most important projects: flats, perspectives, sketches, drawings, computer graphics, diagrams and/or charts. Remember that quality is better than quantity.
  6. Choose a presentation format. We recommend a format that facilitates reading and printing: A4.
  7. Design a template. It is recommended that you use neutral background colors that do not distract the reader the basic content ( your plans, drawings , photographs , renderings, etc)
  8. Avoid text overload because architects are visually expressed. Your portfolio should convey professionalism, your skills freehand, layout, spatial vision, photo quality, etc. with good composition.
  9. Make an elegant and sophisticated cover. You can include your CV and your contact information (phone and email) on the front pages of your portfolio.
  10. To do this you can use programs like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign or software platforms creating web pages: behance, Issuu
  11.  Cleanliness and order are very important. Check presentation and composition.
  12. Finally, save the file. Its size should not exceed 10MB to mail.
 
You should consider removing the following elements from your resume in order to adapt it to the American style:
  1. Personal information such as marital status, identification number, your parents’ names, and your date of birth.
  2. Aggregate grades as many U.S. employers may not understand them.
  3. You shouldn’t include information such as marital  status, date of birth and identification number.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Don't put references in your CV. You can either send them separately or upon request.