When hiring a web developer, what do you think is one of the most valuable qualities that a recruiter is looking for? It’s EXPERIENCE.
Yes, you heard it right!
And, as a novice, you don’t have any of it yet. Here, your portfolio site enters the scene. See, you do have experience in developing websites. The only thing missing here is you haven’t been paid for it yet. For this substantial reason, you have to make sure that your portfolio stands out and have all the potential to land a deserving job.
First of all, here is a general outline of steps that you should follow for a successful website.
Start collecting testimonials: You all are familiar with the ardent reviews which people with a whole lot of experience have on their portfolio. This not only makes their portfolio shine bright but also lands them more projects. Well, here is a well-kept secret for you: ‘most of them are requested’. This might come as a shock to you, but it happens more often than you think. And, now that the cat’s out of the bag, you may take some advice as well. Ask your client or people you’ve collaborated with, to write a testimonial for you. It will directly add up to your credibility.
Include all your projects: Including your education, mention all the projects you’ve done so far. All the volunteer work, the pro bono project you have done to help an old friend will show your passion towards the field and your capability to the clients.
If you developed an app using any language, instead of just putting a screenshot, add a link to the app itself. Mention how you managed to overcome the roadblocks while developing it.
Share your personality: To show the recruiters that you’re not just some random guy hiding behind the computer, you have to remind them of that you are a living, breathing person and not just a machine.
Shoot some of your personality to the portfolio. Use a rather quirky and descriptive introduction of yours in the ‘about’ page. Let them know where you’re coming from, your educational background, your likings. And, finally, include all the other link of your social media profiles and your contact number or an email address. Make it easy for them to contact you. So that if the client wants to know more about you, he can head straight forward to your other accounts.
As Mohamed Saad said,
“A successful website does three things:
It attracts the right kinds of visitors.
Guides them to the main services or product you offer.
Collect Contact details for future ongoing relation.”
To all the tech-savvy out there, let’s get into the specifics of how your profile will land potential projects:
Keep it simple
A good look of about 3 seconds at your site and the user has already made up his mind whether to stay for more or not. This is the perfect chance to show your capability to potential clients. It’s always a better option to keep the site simple and decluttered.
Instead of showing all the elements at a time, you can focus on what will add value to your portfolio. Hop skip the random features & add ons. Let your collection highlight the most important thing: your work & experience.
Remember user experience
The thing which you should always keep in mind while developing a website is USER EXPERIENCE. When you’re developing a site for your client, you try to make it easy to use and navigate. Creating your own portfolio beholds the same rule. For example- make sure that call to actions stands out or the background colour is soothing.
Also, remember to build a responsive design. Keep in mind the various devices which are introduced in the market and the fact that mobiles and tablets are used in a wide range. Your portfolio should look good whether it’s viewed on a desktop, mobile phone or tablets.
Don’t skip the details
The sole purpose of your portfolio is to showcase your skills and experience. Showing the final product on the site is great. But, if you want the impression to last long, you can always do a little bit more than that. Talk about the progress and the techniques you have used. Mention how you have managed to overcome the roadblocks or challenges.
Considering the web development project you are mentioning, make a list of questions like: ‘What makes the project different from the previous ones?’, ‘Precisely, what makes you proud of this particular project?’ or ‘Would you like to extend this web development project?’. These questions will help you sort the valuable outlines from the lot.
The sophisticated collection of your portfolio will then land you the exact deserving projects you want for your profile.
Rest assured, by following these simple guidelines, you can make your portfolio unique and more engaging. And, for having a better understanding of web development, you can come straight to Coding Ninjas. We offer you a rack of extensive courses both online and offline.