If you work in a creative industry, having an online portfolio is an absolute must in this day and age. Whether you’re a writer, a designer or a marketing professional, an online showcase of your best work can give you a serious edge when it comes to successful job hunting.

It’s a great way of quickly showing prospective employers that you’ve got the goods – it saves them time and gives you the opportunity to make a brilliant first impression.

Once you’ve built your portfolio, you can add a link to it from all of your social media accounts. Alongside your LinkedIn profile, you’ve got yourself a powerful, always-on showcase of your talent and experience.

The idea of building a portfolio website can feel daunting at first, but there are ways you can achieve a highly professional looking site in very little time, with zero coding skills and at no cost.  

Here are 5 great sites where you can easily build a free online portfolio.

Behance is part of the Adobe family and offers a free platform for creatives to showcase their work.

Great for artists and designers, your Behance profile consists of projects – a grouping of images, videos, and other digital content with a particular theme or process. You can track the number of views for each project, and people are encouraged to give you ‘appreciation’ – similar to receiving a ‘like’ on other social platforms. 

Crevado offers ‘an online portfolio built for you’ – a set of beautiful, sleek, mobile responsive templates await you. The drag and drop system allows you to arrange your work in a flash.

You also have the option to mark projects as private so that they are only accessible by invitation – great if you have a former client who doesn’t want you to share the work you’ve done for them publicly.

Their premium plan supports custom domain names if you want to take your portfolio to the next level of sophistication, however, their free plan provides you with everything you need to create a smart, professional online showcase.

Portfolio Box offers a free online portfolio tool, with everything you need to build a website straight from your browser. You are not forced to use a standard theme, instead, you are encouraged to use any style you choose and build a unique site that’s tailored to your needs.

Once you have a Portfolio Box profile you can even connect to Find Creatives – a platform that brings together creatives and prospective clients worldwide!

Coroflot describes itself as a place where ‘design-driven companies recruit a full spectrum of creative talent’. The unique selling point of this offering is the job board that comes with membership.

The only catch is that they don’t automatically accept applications – once you’ve submitted your portfolio, it’s reviewed by their team to make sure it aligns with their rigorous standards. The great thing about this is that once you’ve been accepted, hiring firms know you’re credible.

Journo Portfolio is a great option for writers. You can create a customizable writing portfolio for free without branding or ads.

They offer multiple themes for you to choose from, allowing you to find a style that suits you. You can add multiple pages and group articles in sections, enabling you to build a clean, easy to use, intuitive portfolio.

For a small monthly fee, you can also use your own domain name and have unlimited pages and articles.

Each of these platforms has something valuable to offer creatives looking to showcase their work. With so much choice on offer, there really is no reason not to build a professional online portfolio.

Kate Jones writes for Inspiring Interns, who specialise in matching career starters with graduate jobs. For everything from analytical roles to marketing internships, click here.

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