[Video] What employers look for in a portfolio

Resumes are a ubiquitous part of every professional field, and you’ve probably made one before. They’re good at describing your skills and experiences along two dimensions—what you’ve done and how long you’ve done it for. On the other hand, a portfolio website can represent you and your capabilities as a vivid, three-dimensional portrait.

You can describe the inspiration for a project, the process of building something collaboratively, unexpected challenges, or anything else that seems relevant. Just remember: recruiters are busy people, so just because you can include some information doesn’t mean you should.

Before you start thinking about the sorts of projects you might want to build and include in your portfolio, heed this advice: when in doubt, just start coding.

Your portfolio is, first and foremost, a testament to your ability to build things, and at this stage, any project you complete will be a valuable learning experience. Any project that seems fun and interesting to you is one you’re more likely to complete, and that’s all the reason you need to get started.

A special thank you to Codecademy Product Manager, @oduffy, for compiling these resources and drafting this article!