Web developers, much like artists, stand or fall by the quality of their past efforts. It’s therefore important for any established or aspiring developer to have a portfolio of material available to show to prospective clients or employers.
What should your portfolio include to ensure you’re in with a good chance of getting the business? It needs to have contact details and some basics about what kind of software and platforms you’re familiar with, but where do you go beyond that?
It’s also good to include personal projects in a portfolio. Exactly what to use depends on the skills you’re attempting to showcase, but including a personal website project – perhaps related to a hobby or interest – is fine. Make sure that the source code is publicly available so that prospective clients can see your skills in action.
If you’ve been involved in coding projects on platforms like GitHub, you should include those in your portfolio, too. The more respected the site, the better.
Professional social media
People in the web industry will be expected to be on social media. Your portfolio should link to sites that show your professional skills. LinkedIn is the obvious choice, especially if you can get endorsements from past clients and employers. It’s also fine to link to others, such as your Twitter profile, if you use it professionally.
Companies like redsnapper, a web development company in London, will be looking for evidence of work you’ve done elsewhere. As long as you’re not precluded from doing so by confidentiality agreements, include examples of sites you’ve worked on. Make sure to keep screen shots and code samples of sites you’ve created so you can include them in your portfolio even if the site is no longer current or has been changed since your involvement.
Finally, do include details of any qualifications and awards you have. Don’t bother with your GCSE in Woodwork, but any recognition related to your professional life is a must to put in your portfolio.