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Re: [ljc] Portfolio

From: Serbulent
Sent on: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:13 PM
Hi guys,

Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience with me.

I will definitely go through what you told and improve my portfolio.

Thanks again!!!!

I am still and always open to any opinion that contribute my understanding...


On 12 February[masked]:17, rob hinds <[address removed]> wrote:
Yep, the items that Trisha mentioned are all good things to include in your portfolio - these days it's pretty normal for tech folk to have a big online footprint so it's getting more common for companies to be interested in seeing this kind of stuff - I have actually got through tech interviews on the merits of my github/blog etc so I would say its always worthwhile putting that kind of info on your cv.

There are a growing number of sites that aim to help you demo your portfolio - including a recent London based startup called (full disclosure: I am one of the java devs working on this site :)  you can signup and setup a profile page/cv that lets you bring together stackoverflow/github/bitbucket/blogs/mobile apps/linkedin/etc to bring your online tech portfolio together in one place.  There are some other more established sites that are worth checking out as well: stackoverflow careers, MasterBranch, etc  (these are mostly US based and have a larger focus on gamification/badges and community stuff - not that I'm trying to influence your choice though!)


On Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 8:33 AM, Trisha <[address removed]> wrote:
The sorts of things I would look for in a graduate "portfolio" would be one or more of the following:

1) A Blog - if you're an expert in something, then blog about it. But I'm actually more interested if you blog about the trouble you had learning stuff, if you document things you stumbled over and now understand (that helps other people enormously), if you link to videos or blogs of things that interest you.  I can get a really good feel for who you are, what interests you, and maybe how you learn by reading your blog
2) Open Source - if you've contributed to open source this is awesome, because I can actually see your code and figure out if you'll fit in my team.  Note that sometimes it's not about being brilliant at code or technology, especially as a graduate, but at having an approach to problem solving that works within the team
3) Stack Overflow - I hate this, personally, because I have about 3 points on SO.  But seeing questions you've asked and answered also points me to your strengths and weaknesses, shows me what you're interested in and that you're committed to learning things.

Note that none of these things are Java-specific.  When hiring graduates many companies know there will be a certain amount of technical training required.  What is more difficult to train for is problem solving ability and team fit.  If you can show who you are, what you're interested in and how your brain works, that's good enough, that way companies that want someone just like you can find you.


On 12 February[masked]:46, Serbulent <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi All,
Currently I am looking for jobs related with Java. A company requested a portfolio from me. It is a graduate role. I have other experiences but not in Java unfortunately.
I am currently enrolled in Oracle Java Association Certificate and I took all the lessons in Core Java, plus I had OO courses in my BSc.
Can anybody advise me how can I prepare a portfolio in this situation and what kind of information can put in.
I am confused at the moment. I really appreciate your help.
Many thanks,
PS: Sorry for the previous email, this is my email address registered to the group.

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