When I first started looking for jobs in the tech industry, I was desperate to find out how to build a good . What type of work should I have? How many projects is enough? How should I present each project? What should the project be about?

Looking back, I think I can answer these questions with more clarity and confidence. I hope these tips could help those in the same boat as I was before.

[Disclaimer: the following information is solely based on my experience and observations throughout these years. It’s not going to be the same for everyone and you should take it with a grain of salt .]

1. Figure out what job do you want

Although both dwell in code and design, web designers and developers typically present their portfolio differently. As of October 2018, a web designer’s job comprises of creating websites with HTML/CSS/Javascript, composing stunning web animations and hooking up CMS. He knows the ins and outs of CSS and usually is great at visual design.

On the other hand, a web developer is a programmer who writes code in the web technology. He is usually fluent in javascript, passionate about testing, familiar with a couple of javascript frameworks like react + redux, vue and angular. Going beyond the scope of frameworks and digging into topics like performance, security and asset management is a common career development for web developers.

Which direction sounds more interesting to you? Is it web design, or web developing? Knowing this will help you move on to the next step.

2. Know your target audience

Normally, your portfolio and resume will pass through these 3 people’s hands: recruiter, technical interviewer, general interviewer. Your job is to know what each of them looks for before showcasing it in the portfolio.

When looking for candidates, recruiters usually have a couple of boxes to check like seniority, location, matching skills and pay rate. For some, your portfolio simply serves as a checkbox to tick. If you have one — or even better, a well-recognized portfolio — the door is open for you.

Technical interviewers look at the quality of your code and evaluate the way you think. They might ask you to pick one or two projects to discuss the problems you have encountered, or they might ask you to live code a challenge. The depth of your portfolio and the thinking process are revealed in this step.

A lot of company now cares about cultural fit, and that’s what general interviewers are tasked to assess. (I call them the good cop.) They evaluate your soft skills and why you are here. What’s your personality? Are you fun to work with? What’s your work ethic, etc. If they do review the portfolio in this step, you can talk about the behind-the-scenes efforts and let your personality shine through your work.

Now you know who looks at the portfolio and what they are looking for, you should have an idea of how to present your project. Remember to think about each interviewer’s goal when you write the case study or documentation for each project.

3. How many projects do I need?

2 to 3.

. What projects can I make?

Here are several ideas for you. The sky is the limit!

Web Designer

  • A multipage live site with modern web standards. It should showcase your ability to design and code. Imaginary clients are totally fine.
  • A set of design resources like icons, SVG patterns, and UI kits.
  • A browser-extension for solving your own problem.
  • A WordPress theme or static-site generator template with a great navigation and attractive design. A sleek animation is a plus.
  • Articles/videos/podcasts to share your knowledge.

Web developer

  • A CLI tool that solves a specific problem.
  • A plugin or browser extension.
  • A cool library for animation, SVG, tooltips, slideshows, etc.
  • A native app built with web technology like electron.js, react.js or vue native.
  • Maintains/contributes to an open-source project
  • Articles/videos/podcasts to share your knowledge.

Alright, that’s all I have for today!

I know many people are capable to do all of these projects, but I hope by narrowing down the focus first, you can have a head start in creating a great portfolio and getting the jobs you are looking for.



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