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Johannes Kettmann

Thanks Jon for this comment. I thought the same while reading this article. Many of these tips will just lead to a lot of wasted time imo.

A good resume is very important depending on how you approach job applications. But please don't go down the "creative" road. Stick to a standard template to make it easy to scan for hiring managers. They will just take a few seconds to find the information they're looking for. Focusing on a special design will cost you a lot of time and probably some job opportunities.

Here's a great list of simple things to create an outstanding developer resume.

Second, the portfolio website is probably the biggest time sink for many developers. Especially when it is approached the way it is described here with custom design and so on. And mostly it doesn't have a big effect. At least if you don't have a really cool portfolio which must people don't. I never had a portfolio website myself and i know a lot of devs who have great careers and never had one either.

You can find my take on developer portfolio websites and why you shouldn't waste your time on them here.

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Jon Randy • Edited

Agree - 'creative' CVs are annoying and can be a turn-off. Also, similar to what you mentioned... most of the best devs I know do not have portfolio sites

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Jack Kelly Author

Thanks for the comment Johannes, I definitely think that creative resumes can be annoying. This article is simply based on what has worked for me so far, but who knows. Maybe a regular resume would’ve worked better for me. As a self-taught developer I have felt as if I needed to stand out.

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Johannes Kettmann

Don't get me wrong. It's a huge accomplishment from your side to be able to get this far. Especially as a self-taught developer :) So kudos to you. What would be interesting is how you approached the job hunt. How did you reach out to employers in the first place?

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Jack Kelly Author

Thanks! I initially took the spray and pray approach but that was clearly not the solution at all. I then started to apply to local companies that actually aligned with what I did and found much better luck. I just applied on LinkedIn primarily.

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Johannes Kettmann

Oh that's very interesting. Did you reach out companies with open positions or did you just apply to companies that seemed like a good fit? Thanks a lot for the insights btw

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Jack Kelly Author

Yea I just applied to software engineering positions that had a similar tech stack to what I am comfortable with/interested in. I just used LinkedIn jobs primarily and applied from there.