5 Projects to Get You to Your First Web Dev Job in 2022
Before jumping on to the projects you need to understand and state a clear purpose of your portfolio. So, let's try to understand what you want to achieve with your projects? You are creating portfolio projects to prove your knowledge and skills which can back up what you are saying to the recruiter. In short, showcasing your learnings! Apart from that, if you have any other reasons in your mind it can distract you! For example, your constant urge to make it as refined as possible so that maybe you can create a start-up out of that single project. But my friend things don't work that way! Now, don't get me wrong I'm not saying that you shouldn't create a refined portfolio project. In fact, make it as pleasing as possible but while doing so don't become a perfectionist. Because taking a step is far more important than not doing anything! Always remember version one will be the worst, things will become more and more refined over a period of time!
Alright so now with a proper mindset let's start talking about the project ideas.
1. Product landing page
Here, having a good UI is a bonus, therefore spend a good amount of time doing your design research on websites like Dribbble or Behance. Also, make sure that you are using some good-quality product photos.
2. Task manager
Decent UI and/or user authentication with Firebase would be big addons to this project.
3. Project using API
In this project, your primary objective should be to show your efficiency in working with network calls and data. Pick up something like React, Angular, or Vue whatever you are comfortable in. If you're confused about the technology, my suggestion would be to go with React (a personal favorite).
For network calls in react you could use Axios and for routing, you can take advantage of react-router-dom. Remember is project is all about showing your skills over a framework and working with APIs.
Finally, a full-stack web project. We'll talk about technologies a bit later. First, you have to understand the skills that you're trying to show with this project and that is working full-stack both front end as well as back end. Ecommerce would surely cover things like user authentication, profile management, products management, etc.
5. Social media with chat
Alright, in the last project you almost showed your efficiency for working with a full-stack web application. But, web development is evolving at a very fast pace therefore, just working with one stack isn't always enough you need to also show that you can integrate your project with third-party services! And that's where a chat app would help.
Here, to create a real-time chat application you would have to use some third-party services. And when we talk about real-time chat services Websockets come into the picture.
Understand is project won't be easy for simple, it will take a huge amount of time maybe 3 to 6 months, but believe me, that would be worth it! There will be times when you'll get frustrated working on this app but if you can pass via that phase you'll have a great project plus experience to show in your resume.
So there you have it — five Projects to Get You to Your First Web Dev Job in 2022. While not exhaustive, I hope this post goes some way to help you orient yourself in the ever-changing world of web development and gives you some idea of what to build next.
And don’t forget, reading blogs or watching tutorials is great, but there’s no substitution for actually building stuff. Your next employer will be more impressed by an active GitHub account than a list of what you’ve consumed.