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Discussion on: Why having a portfolio website is not necessary for getting hired in 2021

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Dan Stockham

Reading this article, there are some tips that I find pretty creative, and gave me the thought of, "Ah, I didn't think of using it like that but that sounds like a good idea"

Like using the README.md doc as your portfolio, that's actually a great idea. You get a potential client or employer looking through your Github account and be able to view everything in a centralized repo. You projects would be directories in one repo and the user can learn more about you. That's pretty smart.

And I do agree, blogging is the king when it comes to attracting employers while keeping your persona relevant with search algorithms.

However there were other pieces of advice that I don't entirely agree with. One of those pieces is the importance of social media presence. I will confess, I have much bias against social media and much of my disagreement is based off how social media is used today. So, my objection may not have much weight in an objective sense. But to my point, why would I want to leverage platforms that implicitly coerce their users into being the same? And also the environments in these major platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) are moving away from organic interactions to more corporate consumerism that implicitly influence are choices. Specifically, our choices of what technologies to use in our projects and what brand of infrastructure we use them on. Hence, we're no longer have that chance at uniqueness we can get from our own instance of our portfolio we've built from scratch.

I get it that simply putting your site up isn't going to instantly expose it to the traffic we want, that's the utility of social media. There's gotta be a better way that doesn't require social media.

And speaking of social media, I agree that Github is a very good platform to show off your work. They offer ways to easily host your web pages and make your repositories available to other users. However, I feel less incline to show off complex work that a company could rip for their own products, with you the creator not seeing a single dime from it. That's the reality of companies, if they can copy code, they'll do it if it means they'll get an edge. Therefore, I think only showing them what they should be seeing with an explanation how you did it not only protects your intellectual work but makes you more attractive because now you have authority over that subject.

That's just my thoughts.