All Software Developers NEED a Portfolio

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It doesn’t matter how good you are at programming if you can’t prove it. A portfolio is something all software developers need because it allows us to show off our work to clients and our code to employers.

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15 Comments on “All Software Developers NEED a Portfolio”

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    Edit: A couple folks have commented about their experience of getting a job without a portfolio. This happens, of course. There are variables and exceptions to everything. However, a portfolio increases your chances of getting that interview and is something you can show off. Most people I’ve spoken with say GitHub should be treated as your primary resume. What you type on a sheet of paper (your actual resume) is important, but some may say it’s all “talk.” Showing off your code shows that you can walk your talk.
    E.g. – Let’s say you own a restaurant and are looking for a new chef and someone comes in who knows every technical aspect of cooking known to man. They sound like the perfect person for the job. However, you have never seen a single plate of food they’ve made. How can you be sure you’re making the right decision?

  2. Great video, Forrest. Thanks to your advice, I'm going to be focusing on working on my ReadMe files on Github 👍🏻

  3. Is it ok to have heroku link to my work from my github account? So people can see my work easily?

  4. I feel that it's difficult to showcase projects that I have worked on, because most of the work I have done is tools made for internal use only, hidden behind enterprise authentication, and I can not publish the code.

  5. Cool video man, definitely need to organize my ReadMe files. Are you currently working as a developer?

  6. Hope someone see’s this and can help me out. I’m lost on what I want to do. I want to be in technology, the future is technology. I live on the east coast without a degree. I’ve been told to peruse sec+ and ccna to try and score a infosec job. Should I continue and try that or try something like software development.

  7. Good video. I was asked a few times about github portfolio. I would say it's a good way to get yourself out there, but on the flip side as I have also interviewed individuals I rarely look at the github portfolio as it's more of a personality fit.

  8. if its a project which you have made a in a group can it be credited the same a project you worked alone?

  9. software developers is oversaturated and not worth getting into. bootcamps are a meme unless you're in a place like sf where the demand is really high otherwise you're competing with people with bs and ms in cs (and some from pretty good schools).

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