That priorities shift is understandable (I've gone through it with family and children), but even if I don't get to do as much as before, I would be able to speak about old projects. That's why I found it a bit strange. These were people with 3-5 years experience and nothing personal to show. No side project, no github, no codepen...
Maybe it's a generational thing or I'm simply getting old, but I felt a bit like this meme :P
Heh, totally stealing that GIF. I know of at least four recent events where it would have been useful. 😂🤣
If an applicant says they have 3 -5 years of experience but have nothing to show for it, I would be suspicious too.
I'm not sure I would consider not having Github, Codepen, etc as a red flag. It's possible they used some internal VCS. And I'll admit I've never used Codepen myself.
But having no personal projects to show seems a little unforgivable to me. How is an employer supposed to gauge your suitability for the job if you have nothing to prove your level of experience? Even if your code is crap, at least the employer knows what to retrain you on.
I've heard people who work in government or corporate environments often can't publish or sometimes even talk about what they've worked on.
All the more reason to have a personal portfolio. Just like an artist needs a portfolio to show potential employers, so too a programmer should have a portfolio of work to show their level of proficiency.
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