It's me, fresh out of bootcamp Silvia and I'm ready to create my Portfolio👩🏻💻. Well actually, as I'm writing these lines, my Portfolio is already done, or so I say (because I've said this before and I keep changing it 🤦🏻).
So, your Portfolio is important❗. It allows you to show your knowledge, projects you have worked with and of course, to show your personality off, because we are more than our resumé, we are soul, fire, and whole persona and THAT must be shown💗.
I'm gonna share with you some things I learned as I created my portfolio which may help you.
This is about you. So a previous "me job" is necessary. So sit, invite yourself a coffee or the beverage of your preference ☕🧉🍺🧃 and do some introspective work.
- What I'm good at?
- What do I want to do?
- What do I want to show?
- Which trait of my personality I want to highlight⭐...and how?
I don't know about you, but I'm sure I am not a designer. So, research work helped me to be faster because I had an idea which things I wanted to have in my layout and in my content.
So, don't be afraid and explore the limitless space of Internet🔎.See other people portfolios to get inspired, take notes of things you like -and things you don't, obviously-.
Look up for sites filled with inspiration like Dribble with lots of layout ideas, find a color palette🌈 that resonates within you 🌈in Color Adobe or Color Hunt and allow yourself to imagine how good you want your portfolio to look like.
Look at your Portfolio as a formal project (because duh! it is!). If you use Git, my recommendation is to use Git Projects. This will save you LOTS of time ⏱️.
You can do this, the way it fits the best for you. For me the best way was to do a simple Kanban with a "To do", "Doing" and "Done" column. I also add an "Information" space for notes I wanted to save for later.
Create as many task you think are necessary and remember your Kanban is alive, it may change, it will grow and eventually it's going to get done.
I also created some labels I thought were usefull to identify each task such as "Funcionality", "Structure","Improvements", "Styles" etc to help me prioritize 🎯 each task.
Looks like everything is set up, so let the magic begin✨. Choose your favorite technology and start coding.
Remember when I said this is a project? Be a good but a tough client. Aim for using the best practices, write a clean code and let your portfolio speak for yourself; not only about you but also about the kind of developer you are.
So, if you are fond with a methodology, apply it. If there's a good practice, use it. This is for you, so be your best version because you deserve the best 💗.
Remember what I said in the first part?. This is a reminder: your Portfolio should show your skills, for sure; yet, the most important thing is that it must show YOURSELF.
As more eyes see more, don't be afraid to show your Portfolio to other people so they can give you feedback👀.
Show it to your peers so they can give you a tip or critic about something you did not see by yourself before.
You can also show it to your parents, bestfriend or sibling so they can let you know if your personality is shining ✨through.
Be humble about the feedback and don't take anything to heart💚. Learn from the things they have to say and apply the feedbacks you think are valuable.
It may not be perfect, but nothing really is. Surely you will continue to make some changes or keep thinking about ways to improve it but don't get stuck there, if it's done, SHARE IT!
So this is my world debut, you can take a look to my Portfolio here. Right now is in Spanish but hey! English translation will come up soon.
If you want to, show the world your portfolio in the comment section, remember sharing, is caring 💞