Monday 11th of May 2015
If I'm looking to hire a front end web developer, I want a candidate that fulfils two key requirements. Firstly that they can build a site that looks right and secondly that they have built it well. Some people don't worry so much about the second requirement but writing clean, elegant and above all flexible code is an aspect of web development that I consider a vital part of efficiently maintaining a website in the long term.
With that in mind, the first thing I look for on a candidate's CV is a list of what sites they have built. Thanks to the way the internet works it's possible to examine any website in detail to assess the person who built it in terms of both of my requirements - appearance and coding skill. I'm not so interested in someone's work history, education or interests - what I care about most is whether their website's code is built correctly, cleanly and efficiently. There's not a lot of jobs where it's possible to assess someone in such detail like this.
A portfolio of work is therefore hugely important if you're a front end web developer. Building one, however, can be problematic.