Entry Level SWE Portfolio

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Nov 26, 2019 10 Comments

I am starting my SWE portfolio/resume from scratch.

My background:
I dont have any work experience in SWE. I did complete an IT internship at GE, but no hardcore coding. I just graduated 6 months ago, Computer Science major. I am an intermediate level coder. I am looking to go into front end develpment in Los Angeles. I live in Chicago. I am currently teaching myself JavaScript. I know the basics (very, very basics) of python, ruby, c++, matlab, r, html, css & sql.

current TC as a data analyst at Allstate 65k.

I have a few questions below:
1. What are some beginner friendly projects that i can start put on my resume/github? How do i find them?

2. What skills do I need to sharpen up on and add to my resume? What skills stand out the most for front end sofware engineering? (example: JavaScript, idk)

3. If i dont have any relevant work experince, should I put my “projects” section above my “work experience” section on my resume?

4. What are some other things that could make me stand out on my portfolio/resume?

5. Whats another way to showcase my skills?

Thank you all in advance for your advice! Feel free to comment anything below that you think would help.

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  • Weedmaps AUFy44
    The biggest difficulty with front end development is that the breadth of skills you need to excel in that domain is massive. You need to know HTML, CSS, the DOM, and this is without even getting into the JavaScript framework you want to focus on (that comes with its own ecosystem of tools). I would recommend focusing on React. It’s the most commonly used, there’s huge demand for React devs, and it’s very well supported. It’ll be around for a long time.

    For a portfolio, just build stuff. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you’re learning and are pushing yourself.

    Just so you know, I have multiple projects deployed. The code is available on github and I’ve listed them on my resume. I’ve never had an interviewer look at them. Never. I’ve had some people ask about them because it sounded interesting, but they’ve never taken the time to look at the code or actually peek at the application. People want to see that you’re able to build applications, but they rarely actually look at your portfolio, so don’t focus on it too much.

    Yes, list projects above work experience. I’d only list 2-3 total.

    I would check out frontendmasters.com. It’s a fantastic resource for all skill levels.
    Nov 26, 2019 4
    • Weedmaps AUFy44
      Shitty answer, but I would recommend both.

      Without a background in CS or work experience, you need those projects on your resume. Ideally, for web development at least, they’re deployed so someone can interact with it. Most importantly, during interviews you want to be able to speak from past experience, even if that experience is just personal projects.

      Leetcode is absolutely necessary once for the phone screens and on-sites.

      I say not to focus too much on portfolio/projects, because I see a lot of new devs trying to break into the field by only working on their portfolio and neglecting the CS fundamentals.
      Nov 26, 2019
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      OP
      Thanks again for clarifying. I definitely feel like I am pretty strong on the fundamentals from being a CS major and also doing an entire 28 hour course on JavaScript lol!

      But thank you. I will use leet code to practice my algorithms and also come up with a a few projects.
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Google / Eng Tier 3
    LEETCODE
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      thank you!
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Google bighead2
    For larger companies, Leetcode.

    For front end in particular, learn one framework (Angular or React) inside out. Then apply to jobs looking for that particular framework.

    For project ideas, search LinkedIn for bootcamp grads and see what projects they have posted.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Cisco zzzaam
    In terms of resume-writing, you should check out Jobalytics (link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jobalytics-resume-keyword/fkiljfkkceaopbpfgfmjdnkiejaifkgd?utm_source=blind&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1OWWhbqbYPPQjze_2Du2qUCZ2UtcIjz4OXOIjaUzJJarBDqOD6uNXgFUY) -- a FREE chrome extension that can identify missing keywords from your resume based on the job description page. Most companies use application tracking systems to filter out resumes -- if you have the adequate keywords that reflect your skills and also match the job descriptions of the roles you're applying for, it could help you tremendously in the resume-screening part of job searching.
    Good luck!
    Dec 1, 2019 1
    • Allstate / Data
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      Thank you!
      Dec 3, 2019

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