by PDX Code Guild - June 20, 2017
5 steps to a better GitHub Profile

Earlier this week, we talked about what Github is and how it can be used as a tool to find a job. In this post, we are going to talk about how you can have a strong GitHub profile even as a beginning developer.

1) Make changes and include notes on why you made the change you did.

The first things you post as a student will likely not be the best code you ever write. Post them anyway. As you learn, make changes to demonstrate how you are improving. Notes on why you made those changes will demonstrate how you think about your work.

2) Keep your GitHub Green.

GitHub gives a “green” status to people who upload something daily. A green status is valuable because it demonstrates that you code daily which shows commitment. Pushing edits is okay – you don’t necessarily need to push something new every day. A great way to keep your GitHub Green is by contributing to open source projects because it: Demonstrates an ability to collaborate. Can indicate a higher level of quality because the leader of the project will check code before integrating it. You don’t have a personal project at the moment.

3) Ensure that your GitHub posts look clean.

Include a readme file and git ignoring files that shouldn’t be included in the post. 4) Link to your GitHub from your LinkedIn profile, portfolio, and resume. This ensures that prospective employers and collaborators can find it easily. 5) Write clear commit messages. Include details about what you changed since the last commit that will be clear to you and fellow developers.

New to GitHub and the Terminal? I will post my Quick Notes for GitHub Terminal Posting next week.