Since you are doing a lot of technical work as a front-end developer, you need to showcase your abilities in a technical manner as well.
Gone are the days when you just send your CV to a potential client and you make a presentation about what you plan to do with a specific project.
Time is of the essence for a lot of businesses. A lot of entrepreneurs don’t exactly have the time to entertain front-end presentations. So, the best you could do is to create a front-end portfolio.
What is a front-end portfolio?
This is the modern curriculum vitae. If you are in the tech side of things, you definitely need an online portfolio to show how tech-savvy you are.
As a front-end developer, though, you might think that such online presence is only meant for the creatives. That’s not quite accurate!
So, what should be the content of your front-end portfolio?
Name and contact information
Does this have to be elaborated? This is a given. The front page of your portfolio should have your name and contact information.
Now, when it comes to contact information, put down the number that you can best be reached. If you have a landline but you are rarely there to answer it, then you best leave that number out. Or you can just put it as an alternative number to reach you, but it should be at the bottom.
Email, of course, is very important. This is the easiest way for business people to communicate.
If you display some of your work on social media, then you could also indicate your social media accounts. Although, you have to make sure that your social media accounts are all curated for professional viewing. The best social media account to share is LinkedIn because it’s really a platform for professionals.
If you have your own website, then best put that on your portfolio as well. This is actually very helpful among clients.
You also need to indicate on the first page of your portfolio your expertise. In this case, you need to point out that you are an expert in front-end development.
If you can, you should also summarize your personal and professional experience in front-end development. For those who have been in the business for a long time, this is the part when you indicate your wealth of experience.
For those still new in the professional level, this is where you highlight your academic achievements or training accomplishments.
Front-end development is about the conversion of data into graphical interface using the necessary computer languages. So, how do you tell people that you are an expert in those languages? By showing off a graphically intelligent website. In this case, you have to do the showing off through your portfolio.
One of the main tasks of a front-end developer is to ensure great user experience. You can showcase that through a great UX design on your portfolio. A great UX design is about the proper use of graphic design elements.
When it comes to websites, the most beautiful isn’t always the most attractive to the eyes. What good is an aesthetically pleasing website if you can’t really navigate all pages because of the terrible UX design?
Or maybe the website is very attractive because of the use of bright colors. However, the font used was also in a similar bright color that just washed the words out. As a result, users get confused on what to do because there were words they couldn’t figure out on the site.
All the elements that make a terrible UX design should be absent from your portfolio. Potential clients should have an easy time navigating your portfolio. It should be as if they are already navigating your website.
That’s a message for them that you know the principles of a great front-end development.
You want to get a job, so you make it easy for potential clients to go through your portfolio. While they are having a great user experience, they should also be learning more about you and your abilities.
One thing about front-end development is that one becomes better with time and more experience. You can choose your best work to showcase how good you are. On the other hand, you can also showcase all your projects and put it in chronological order.
The reason for putting it in chronological order is to present your growth as a front-end developer. You want the client to see how much you have improved since the first project.
Another reason to put all your projects is to send a subtle message that you have been hired by a lot of clients.
But the best reason to showcase your projects is to give the clients a glimpse of what you can do. Another important thing is the range. You want to be able to present different projects so that the clients know that you can do almost anything.
Showing diverse projects is a way of telling clients or potential ones that you are a versatile developer. You can shape anything into what the client wants. But at the same time, you also have to indicate that you don’t just do what you are told. You also have your own mind and that you are knowledgeable enough to know what components can make a great website.
Importance of a portfolio
Whether you are an established front-end developer or just starting out, an online portfolio is important. But this form of online resume is particularly essential to entry-level developers.
But what do they have to show for? There are plenty, actually! First of all, one would have to indicate their educational attainment on the portfolio. If you went to school to learn front-end development, then that means you have academic outputs.
If you didn’t go to university, then you surely attended training and workshops for front-end development. In order to get certificates for those, you should have your own outputs.
These are already projects you can showcase on your portfolio. Of course, you should also showcase personal projects. That’s why, it’s also to your advantage if you have your own website. In a way, your website is already a portfolio on its own.
Meanwhile, always update your portfolio. If you finished a new project and you think it would attract more clients, then you should definitely add it. If there are new trends coming up related to front-end development, then you have to update your portfolio to showcase those.
It’s important that clients also see how on-trend you are. Technology is always being improved, which is why digital products are also being upgraded. It’s necessary that you are on top of those changes.
Even if you still don’t have a lot of projects at hand, you can already start building your portfolio.