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Discussion on: Do I NEED a personal website/portfolio?

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Jure Rotar

As a self-taught junior web developer and a student, having a personal website opened many, many doors. Competing for junior positions against computer science students was usually a lost battle before it even started, simply because hiring a CS student is less risky for the employer. Not having a CS degree or visible experience in the form of a personal website, usually limited you to a mundane Wordpress development job (at least in my country), making it extremely hard to enter into the field.

Once I got my website up and running, things changed dramatically. I got my first part-time job as a Laravel developer in the next month, despite having no prior experience with the framework and having been rejected for the same position before. The website gave my interviewer a chance to talk about the decisions I made while making my website, showed my resolve to learn and try new things, see my coding style and areas of improvement.

I believe it's incredibly important for an aspiring developer to create a website that represents you and your passions, so even if you may not 'need' it, it can still help you along your journey.

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Andrew Janke

+1 on this. Well done, Jure, and congrats! I just hired a fresh-from-bootcamp coder myself, mostly on the basis of the strength of the portfolio site that they took the intiative to put together. And you're exactly right about "giving the interviewer a chance to talk about the decisions I made while making my website" - that's mostly what we talked about during our early interview, and it gave me a chance to see what this candidate could do.

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Jure Rotar

Thank you for your kind words, Andrew, and thank you for giving someone without a formal education a chance! People like you are really bringing the change!

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Sara Cunningham Author

Wow the difference between not having a personal website and having one is pretty crazy. If you want to become a developer I feel like it is more essential to have one to display your skills and work. That's awesome that it helped you out to get your first job! If you don't mind sharing your website I would love to see it.

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Jure Rotar • Edited on

Sure thing, but it's currently only available in Slovenian, my native language. English version should be coming in about a month :)
Link: jurerotar.si
P.S. You can switch to dark mode in the footer :)

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Sara Cunningham Author

Looks amazing even though I can't understand it hahaha. I actually have the google translate plugin for chrome so it translated most of the page to English, but I cant wait to see the English version. And I love the dark mode feature, it's super cool!!

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Jure Rotar

Thank you very much, I really appreciate your positive feedback! :D