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How to build an effective portfolio?

rush profile image Aarush Bhat Updated on ・3 min read

Every developer must have a portfolio website; it gives them a platform for themselves where they can post all their work in one place and shows their general skills.

So, I am a junior developer, two weeks back; I was wondering that everyone seems to have a portfolio while I don't. So I researched about building and designing the perfect portfolio. You can check it out at r-ush.tech

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Give the perfect amount of information

It is essential to give the optimum amount of information. A lack of information would make a wrong impression, and the reviewer might reject you. On the other hand, giving too much information would not leave you with any additional information to give in the interview. Also, overwhelming the reviewer with information might lead to the reviewer rejecting you before interviewing. So the amount of information you provide has to be very well curated.

Display Picture

In the US, people don't post their pictures, because people might prejudice and form unnecessary opinions about you based on your looks. Everywhere else, it is not that serious an issue. In my personal opinion, adding a picture adds to the UI.

Social Links

Never include your Facebook or Reddit or any other social media account details where you post about your personal life or anything that does not concern the recruiter.

Post all your work

It would be best if you had a projects section which must have the GitHub or the code somewhere. If the project has a live version to try it out, it is beneficial for the recruiter.

Posting your work in one single place gives the recruiter a ground to judge you based on all your projects, and it is the projects that give you the recognition. It also lets the recruiter see a more wholesome look of your working style and your skills.

Blog

Having a personal blog or a collection of personal blogs posted on various blogging sites is considered a plus point. Tech blogging is considered a good practice by the community.

What tools you use

It would be best if you mentioned all the tools and technologies you use to dev. That gives recruiters an idea on the knowledge and skills you possess.

Design

The design of the portfolio should be engaging and should please anyone looking at it within 5 seconds so that you have their attention to show what you have made. Look up to Behance or portfolios of other devs you follow on Twitter, dev.to or Github. Check what features they have in their portfolios, modify them, improve them make the best out of it.

Resume

You must add your resume to your portfolio. A resume is a one-page gist of you. Every job needs a resume, and having a downloadable resume on your portfolio website is required.

Easy Contact

Make a Contact-Me form using NodeMailer or Email.js or maybe just an HTML form that submits data. You would ask that you already have all your social media listed the reviewer can quickly contact you through Email or LinkedIn, but people usually don't take the pain, they need to log in to LinkedIn or Twitter to send you a message.

Having a contact form makes it 200% convenient for the reviewer.

Responsivity

It should unmistakably be responsive; a reviewer might open it in a mobile, a laptop or even a tablet or an IPad, you have to prepare for every case that might come!

Domain

The domain name adds to the branding of the website. The domain name must be related to your name and catchy and easy to remember and maybe witty. You can host it using GitHub pages. GitHub student pack gives you a free .tech domain for one year. You also can get a free domain from Freenom.

Some Examples

These are some godly examples; you sure don't need to make something this attractive. A classy and straightforward portfolio should be the best

  • check this amazing GitHub repository for many amazing portfolios Here
  • Bruno Simon has made a real game out of a portfolio
  • Robby Leonardi has made it with a story
  • Leg Work Studio has made incredible use of animations
  • Your Inspiration here

All the devs have time due to the pandemic and can focus on a portfolio of theirs. Also, I would appreciate it if you share some great portfolio ideas!

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Aarush Bhat

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Web Developer Photographer Music Producer Guitarist Ukelelelelist Metal head Meeeeeemer Linux enthusiast (its just weird :))

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Aarush, it's really a nice post. Nice job making its interesting and informative at the same time

 

Thank youuu! It feels really good to be of help! ❤️