Web dev jobs
  1. Web dev jobs intro
  2. Web dev jobs basics
  3. Resume & cover letter
  4. Portfolios
  5. Experience
  6. Freelancing
  7. Freelancing vs. real job
  8. Web dev jobs sites
  9. Web dev job interviews
  10. Getting the job
  11. Keeping the job
  12. Outsourcing
  13. Getting fired
  14. Summary


To claim experience is one thing, to show it is another. A portfolio can go a long way in landing a job - showing proof of your experience as well as giving a potential employer some idea about the way you do things.

This tutorial focuses on:

Offline portfolio

You can have a portfolio attached to your resume that contains a list of the websites you worked on. This way every potential employer you send your resume to also sees examples of your work. Make sure that the resume comes first and the portfolio second.

On your portfolio make sure to list the websites where some of your best work can be found. Include the URL of each website and below it a good, detailed (but not to long) description.

www.websitesforall.com Involved in all the development stages of this website for an upstart web hosting company. Consulted with the company CEO on what kind of design the website will have, developed the front-end of the website with usability and standards compliance in mind. Developed an interface for the back-end of the website for employees of the company to get information from as well as update and delete information as needed. Promoted the website through forums, articles, and SEO. www.booksarenice.com Designed and built an e-commerce website for selling books using Magento as the e-commerce platform. Consulted with the company's marketing department as well as upper management regarding what the site should look like and how it should function. Tested functionality between the site and the site's database. Applied interactive widgets to the sites pages. Tweaked the e-commerce system according to the company's specifications by programming new functionality such as the ability for sales people to see data such as a list of new customers, purchases made in the last 24 hours, and books that are currently out of stock that need to be re-stocked.

Online portfolio

An online portfolio is on a website as opposed to an offline portfolio which is just some text on a page. An online portfolio allows you to get creative and show this aspect of yourself to a potential employer.

Online portfolios are often used by full-time freelancers because that is basically their resume but you can have one to, even if you are not a full-time freelancer. If you're going to have an online portfolio you should definitely have it at a website with your own domain name and make it's appearance stress what kind of skills you have.

An online portfolio can make a huge impression on a potential employer - what you have worked on as well as the appearance of your online portfolio itself will tell a potential employer things about your skill level, attention to detail, work ethic, creativity, and more.

Some things that will make an online portfolio more effective:

Online or offline? Which is better?

Definitely online portfolio. Consider the nature of web development/design in relation to an online portfolio. An online portfolio is a website and if you're in the field of building websites then a website that acts as your portfolio says alot about your skills and competence.

You should design and develop your online portfolio yourself. When a potential employer takes a look at it they will get a feel for your style, skill level, and attention to detail. The old saying "actions speak louder than words" applies here as an online portfolio for a web developer/designer shows their actions as opposed to a resume which just speaks words. Also, an online portfolio says as much (or maybe even more) about your skills as the websites in your portfolio.

What if I don't have anything to put in my portfolio?

If you don't have anything to put in your portfolio then do something that shows your skills and will give you experience.

A few suggestions:

Read our Web development jobs experience page for some ideas on getting web development/design experience.

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