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Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson
33,528 Points

I need help getting an interview + life questions.

Hey everyone, I have a few questions. I have been a member of treehouse since late 2013 and although I haven't been active the entire time, I have reached the 99 percentile in HTML and CSS and currently working on JavaScript. I feel very prepared to start a career in Web Development and have applied to a few postings on indeed and careerbuilder but haven't had any success in landing an interview. Does anyone have any ideas or success stories on how you started your career in Web Development? What can I do to land an interview and then the job? Thanks everyone!

jason chan
jason chan
31,009 Points

You have portfolio to show. In addition, you have to have a nice looking resume. I landed my job with video editing, photoshop, and audio. So I do more than just web development. Shrugs shoulders.

2 Answers

Hey Kyle,

Glad to see someone on here that's nearby.

In regards to obtaining an interview, I'd like to first ask if you happen to have an online portfolio? This is crucial when applying for web design/development positions. This probably goes without saying but your portfolio allows you to showcase your strengths and most importantly will allow employers to see some of the work you've done.

Without a portfolio, it's hard for employers to base a decision on a resume and cover letter.

In the case that you don't, here's some suggestions:

  • Design and develop your own portfolio
  • Show your strengths and if possible, have a focus
  • Maintain the content and keep it up to date
  • Start a blog and show your progress
  • Use CodePen
  • Use GitHub
  • Use dribbble

If you're in a pinch and don't have the time, there are some great portfolio systems out there such as Semplice, Cargo Collective, Squarespace, and range of others. Most of these are template driven but there are a few, such as Semplice, that offer limitless customization. By all means, check out dribbble.



21,824 Points

Way to go, Kyle, on your achievements and thank you Jason and Jacob for the very useful tips. I need those also. If we're looking for a little help with interviewing, soft skills and career planning, Treehouse has a few courses in the Business category of its library.