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A Well-Crafted Portfolio is the Tech Candidate’s Secret Sauce

Kimberly Rush, Lead Resource Development Manager and Michael Sabo, Resource Development Manager

If you are a candidate in the UI/UX, front end or software developer space, you know the importance of showcasing your unique talents. What employers and I.T. recruiters now expect to see from you is a portfolio that, at a glance, tells that company exactly what talents you bring to a web developer job.

If you haven’t developed a portfolio already, we highly encourage you to do so. We recommend sites such as Github.com, Stackoverflow.com, and Behance.com. These tools enable you to display websites you’ve designed as well as describe how you developed them and which technology stacks were utilized. If you choose to, provide links your social media sites as well. It is especially important that, as a software developer, you display your portfolio website on your LinkedIn profile, since that is one of the first places a recruiter will go to learn more about you.

Portfolios are common amongst software developers who have operated primarily as freelancers. However, if you are employed by a company that prohibits the sharing of work product in such a forum, don’t let that deter you from creating a portfolio. You should highlight creative work you’ve done in any setting, and show off your software development skills and/or coding ability.

Important elements to remember when crafting your portfolio include:

1. Creating a portfolio that is separate from your resume
2. Including a link (or links) to the portfolio(s) at the top of your resume, under your contact details
3. Never mix your portfolio and resume together on one platform. Make it easy for an I.T. Recruiter and hiring manager to discern your unique capabilities
4. Be certain that the portfolio link(s) are current and working correctly

You want to stand out in the realm of technology staffing whether you are early in your career and seeking your first software developer job or you are a seasoned professional.