venerdì 13 marzo 2015

Is your portfolio a little empty?

Do you remember in math class, when your teacher insisted that you "Show your work!!"?
These days our society is ALL about proof. And it makes sense. We want to make informed decisions.
The same is true in tech. Clients and employers don't want to take a gamble on a new employee or freelancer – they want proof that the techie they hire can get the job done.
But if you're new to code – and you need a job or freelance client, stat – all this focus on evidence might be a little disheartening. If you JUST started coding, what projects can you put in your portfolio?
I've been there, and I remember feeling less than impressive.

It felt like a catch-22. I couldn't get a client until I had beautiful, fancy projects to prove my worth, but I couldn't do any big, impressive projects until I landed a client. Agh!!!
But that trap was really just an illusion. Proof that you'll do a great job doesn't have to come in the form of 3-month-long, massive projects, and that's good news if you don't have a ton of projects to showcase (yet!).
Have you ever taken an online class, volunteered in the tech community, or customized a theme on a platform like Squarespace? Those are all totally relevant projects to feature in your tech portfolio.
On the blog, Randle Browning is sharing 14 Strategies for Building an Impressive Portfolio When You're New to Tech. Spoiler alert: you can probably check off half of these in an afternoon.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over and find out EXACTLY what you need to know to build an impressive portfolio, so you can stop worrying and start doing the work you're dreaming of.

VIA: Skillcrush

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