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If you're a Product Designer / UX Designer / UI Designer / Graphic Designer, etc, you've likely been asked in the past to provide a portfolio of your work so that others can assess your skills. But, instead of creating your own from scratch, my suggestion is to copy some of the best ones out there. Yes, you can and should put your own flair to it, but don't reinvent the wheel.
If you'd like a great example of a portfolio, look at my brothers. Brad Durkin. He is my brother, but I can honestly say that it's the best UX/UI portfolio I've seen in Boston. Period. And I look at A LOT of portfolios, as someone who has hired and managed Product teams for years, and as someone who has made a million intros of graphic designers to companies.
Here is his portfolio so you can check it out. https://www.braddurkin.com/.
Here's a map of a bunch of the top tech companies in Boston:
This list is not meant to be exhaustive. It will be edited over time.
Special thanks to Jack Clough of Drizly and Sam Darkwa of UMass who took the time to build this map.
One thing I really encourage people to think about when they are thinking about a new change in their career/job is to sit down for a hot minute and write out the Top 7 things they THINK they want. out of their next opportunity. I find too many people just say: "I'm unhappy. I want to get out of here in 2-6 months. I'll do some research on companies and I'll speak to my friends, and when the opportunity presents itself, I'll bounce." Or... "I want a company that has a good culture, with collaborative, nice people, that pays well." People may be able to list of 2-3 things they care about, but rarely will they push themselves to think of the 5th, 6th, or 7th thing.
I'm challenging you to do just that: list out your Top 7.
This may take 10 minutes. It may take 10 hours. Or it may take 10 days. Don't stress. And if you need help thinking through it, hit me up.
Here was what I was looking for after my first company I cofounded:
With that criteria, I was able to narrow down the potential list of companies I would target down to about 10 companies. Then, I hustled to network internally at each, found the potential role fits, interviewed, asked for the job, and ultimately decided on Wayfair.
Spend the time thinking through your own list. What's important to you for the next stage in your career. Whatever it is, write it down. Look in the mirror and repeat that list 100 times. Say it so many times you can recite it in the same exact order every single time. Re-affirm your list. Then go make that list a reality.
In case you're struggling to think about what your list is... here are some other things you may be looking for now:
I hope this was helpful. Now, spend some time thinking/writing what your Top 7 are. Go get it.