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I have worked on around 15-20 sites . I have used different skills / languages on there. So i am confused how should write those in my resume .

Or should i create a portfolio website where i have screen shots of those sites where i have wroked.

Then do i need to mention about sites or just give the link in my resume

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Short answer no its not necessary but highly recommended that you do. –  Darknight May 15 '11 at 15:31

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You absolutely should have a portfolio site, partly so you can show off your work, and partly because it allows you to build things for the sake of building them. It's the website you build for yourself that lets you REALLY push your skill into new areas because there is no deadline, no customer paying for the work, just you and your site.

Personally, I wouldn't trust any web developer who DIDN'T have their own site. I mean, it's not exactly expensive...

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Do i only need to have only websites there . I mean ihave also done system administration , managaing 5 VPS servers , written scripts for friends server , setup local linux servers , Virtual machines at company . do i need to write those in portfolio or not. or those comes in resume –  mario May 15 '11 at 16:45
@Osama You can put whatever you want on there... –  Trezoid May 16 '11 at 2:17

Short Answer: Yes

Just like you tailor your résumé and cover letter for a job posting, include the top (3-5?) sites that you think will highlight your strengths that will add value to the hiring company. Of course, include your portfolio site's URL in your résumé (-:

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Beside portfolio site for job , i am also building a website for what things i can sell like web hosting , web design , SEO etc just like a simple company site . do i need to mention that on resume –  mario May 15 '11 at 13:48
I'd probably not mention that, as some companies may not like that you are involved commercially (as this could affect your work focus) –  Darknight May 15 '11 at 15:36
there are thing like c, c++ , oracle etc which i did many years ago . but now i haven't used them so i forgot them , do i need to mention those in resume or not –  mario May 15 '11 at 16:51
If you was asked to work on a project tommorrow with C,C++ could you do it? does the job description require C,C++? if the answer to both is yes then yes it would be wise to put this in –  Darknight May 15 '11 at 17:52

If your work involves any front-end development you should also have a portfolio site because you can't show pictures on your resume.

Having visuals of the work you've done will go a long way impressing a potential employer.

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Some advantages of having a portfolio site:

  • Pictures vs. words: you can show what you've done rather than having to explain it in text
  • Volume: you can include as many sites as you like, organizing them so that they are easy to find, without packing them all onto a single page
  • Preservation: if you've done some work on a site that has since been redone, you can point to the work that you did (especially important if the new site is worse)

Keep in mind that in some cases, you may be limited with respect to what you can post on your site (if you worked on sites that are not publicly accessible, for example). If your work is primarily or exclusively on private sites, then you may want to consider creating a small, public site yourself, simply to demonstrate the same skills you used on the sites you can't display.

If you don't have a portfolio site, then you're going to have to have some kind of hook in your resume or cover letter (or both), something that gives the hiring manager a reason to talk to you. A portfolio site doesn't necessarily prove that you can do the work for which you're applying (it can be faked as easily as anything else on a resume), but without one, you're relying strictly on your words to show what you can do, and that may not be enough.

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