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#1 NecroWinter  Icon User is offline

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Building a personal website to show employers

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:18 PM

I'm not entirely sure how to refer to these kinds of websites, perhaps, "online resume"? Anyway, it's common place for programmers and web designers to build a website, essentially so that employers can see it, and perhaps see that they can actually do some stuff on their own. The question is, what is considered tasteful? What do employers look for on these sites? In the next few weeks, I'm gonna have some down time and I'm gonna get mine up and running. I used to think that I want to just deck it out with as much fancy stuff as possible, but who knows, some people may have negative views on such a thing.

So, what do employers want to see? Resume? A blog with opinions about programming, code snippets? What else?

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Re: Building a personal website to show employers

Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:00 PM

You want a presence online, a portfolio should almost be a requirement for anyone seriously looking for a job. Get code on GitHub and other sites of a like nature, show off what you can do. Seriously, sell yourself, because most of any employer in the west coast ask for that type of thing right off the bat.
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Re: Building a personal website to show employers

Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

I recently cancelled my personal domain name after using it as a personal website and blog. Unless you want to use the site design itself to impress employers, just install WordPress and a nice theme or keep it simple (no blog, in other words -- you probably won't use it much; and if you do, make sure you're a stellar writer with great opinions). I personally think a dedicated personal website is a little pretentious, unless you're really the shit. I started my site as a naive high school junior, but I decided to take it down once I realized that it was just an ego booster. If you have a nice portfolio, by all means dedicate a website to it. But if you don't have much under your belt, make some cool things and then make a personal site. It's important to have a portfolio and online resume, but I imagine using LinkedIn and GitHub should suffice. I think it's cooler if you can say "hey, check out my cool app at myapp.com" instead of "check out my personal site because I'm that awesome." Here's a nice personal website and blog.
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Re: Building a personal website to show employers

Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:35 AM

I have a blog that I use as a portfolio and generally for sharing solutions to technical problems that I've encountered. It is foremost a technical blog though, and the fact that it functions as a website that potential employers can look at, is secondary. However I keep it professional and don't post non-technical information.

It has been very helpful in securing work. I have been offered a technical book contract through an agent reading my blog and seeing that I have experience in a particular specialism. I also have just got an interview from an employer impressed with what I've written. So I do recommend you set one up, just make sure you are genuinely interested in sharing information foremost, and don't use it solely as a marketing tool.

Here is the website if you're interested: http://www.davidcraddock.net.

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