Showing Off Your Work4:39 with Dan Gorgone
Once you have some channels setup with information about yourself, it will be vital to continue and populate them with new, updated content. Whether you’re a coder, developer, or builder, you'll need to show off your best work.
Once you have some channels set up with information about yourself, 0:00 it will be vital to continue and populate them with new, updated content. 0:04 Whether you're a coder, developer, or builder, 0:09 it will take more than funny blog posts or tweets to get yourself noticed. 0:12 You need to show off your best work. 0:16 Personal websites are an option. 0:20 They should already feature a bio and resume of some sort, 0:22 but depending on the type of job you want, the most important content 0:26 may be a portfolio of your best work as well as a list of skills and expertise 0:30 that help define what you do and the type of job you're looking for. 0:35 If you already have a site, it's worth getting feedback to see how effective it is. 0:39 For example, some quick usability testing can be quite helpful. 0:44 Get someone to help you out, even a friend or family member, 0:49 and then ask them, "If someone recommended me for website work 0:51 and you found this site, what would you think?" 0:56 "Would you be interested, compelled to contact me, 0:59 or is there anything here that could raise some doubt?" 1:02 Don't let them sugarcoat their responses to spare your feelings. 1:06 Getting honest feedback is the only way to improve what you've got. 1:10 Whether you have a site or not, it's always important to check out the competition. 1:14 Remember the activity where we searched for ourselves using our name? 1:19 Well, now let's do another search, but instead of the name, 1:23 type in the skills or job we'd like to have. 1:27 Also, narrow the results by including your location. 1:30 So for example, searching for freelance web designer Orlando 1:35 or iOS app developer San Diego will return individual sites 1:39 and social media profiles for professionals who have something to offer in either case. 1:45 Make note of the keywords you use, what and who you found, 1:52 and which websites and profiles had the most helpful information. 1:56 Everyone's needs are different, so by learning from the people you follow who inspire you, 2:02 you can create a presence that inspires others. 2:07 Specific to designers and developers, 2:11 there are more places you can share information about yourself 2:14 that appeal to the people and businesses who might be looking for you. 2:16 [Allison Grayce - Design Teacher, Treehouse] I think the best way to showcase your work 2:21 as a web designer is to put it everywhere on the Web, 2:24 sites like Behance, Dribbble, Twitter. 2:27 Just kind of take over your identity online 2:30 and really take advantage of all the different resources out there to display your work. 2:33 I think places like Twitter and following people in the industry 2:39 and letting them know that you exist and interacting with them 2:44 and sharing your work, all that kind of stuff is really important. 2:48 [Mat Helme - Design Teacher, Treehouse] Showcasing your work nowadays 2:51 is a lot easier than it was, say, 5+ years ago 2:53 because social networking is tied in. 2:57 So we have Dribbble, Behance, Forrst where you can upload your latest work 3:00 and show it off to the world, basically. 3:05 There's also sites like Squarespace where you can create portfolio sites 3:09 if you're not looking to actually build your own. 3:14 But if you are looking to build your own and show off your HTML, CSS, 3:19 and/or programming skills, you can program your own CMS if you want 3:22 and show that off, open it up open source, 3:28 or you can use something like WordPress and create your own theme. 3:32 [Jim Hoskins - Head of Treehouse Labs] The best way to showcase your work, 3:36 especially as a web developer, is to have at least a basic website up. 3:38 If you're doing design, I think it's a little more clear how to put together a portfolio. 3:42 But for developers, it can be a little more difficult because if you're working in a job, 3:46 a lot of times the code you have you can't display to other people very well. 3:50 Having side projects is a good thing or contributing on other projects, 3:55 and GitHub has been a really great tool for that 4:00 because it opens up a lot of open source projects 4:01 that you can easily contribute on now. 4:04 You can easily import code and work on it or take a look at issues 4:06 or submit bug fixes or even just suggestions. 4:10 And having your own projects up there gives people an idea of what you can build 4:15 and how good you are and what skills you have. 4:19 Keep these options in mind as you extend your presence. 4:23 Beyond your website and social network profiles, there are many opportunities 4:27 to market yourself and share information that will make you more attractive 4:31 as a business partner or job candidate. 4:35
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