A Copywriter’s Blog
Throwing the towel into the bandwagon I’m jumping on

A friend and I have been arguing about the merits of custom-made portfolio sites versus template sites like cargocollective and carbonmade. My feeling was that a custom site is more impressive to a potential employer. For one thing, it demonstrates you care enough to invest the time required to make one. Secondly, it shows that you’re capable of screwing around with html or css on at least a basic level. And finally, it’s another opportunity to show an employer how you solve problems.

On the other hand, recruiters wake up in the morning and surf cargocollective for talent the same way they do LinkedIn. So it makes sense to be there. Also, a template site has template navigation, which means that recruiters and employers will be familiar with the layout and won’t have issues viewing the work. Those are two very strong arguments in favor of a template site.

It’s also designed expressly for the purpose of displaying work.

I got great feedback on my old site, but there were a couple of things that I wanted to change:a flash header in an age of iPads, a layout that left half my work below the fold on the homepage, and occasionally slow load times. When I looked at the edits I wanted to make, I was basically going to recreate cargocollective’s layout anyway.

I think there’s benefits to both approaches, but in this case, there’s no reason for me to reinvent the wheel

The old portfolio site is dead (soon to be taken down). Long live the new portfolio site (still not perfect, but good enough to post here).

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