Honest way to show your skills in Portfolio
So i have started seeing this a lot in portfolios of designers.
This person has a title that says "My Skills", and at the bottom are bar graphs that are in percentages. So I asked this question - "What do the Percentages mean" ? If you say Photoshop = 85%, does that mean you know 85% of all there is to know about Photoshop?
What is a good way to represent this
Being cynical my first question would be 'so how did you measure your Photoshop Skills ? ' ( and what is the margin of error on your measurement ?)
On my resume, I have a 5 star system. For the most part when it's talking about certain software, it's irrelevant -- you don't know how to mask in photoshop, just google it. But on my resume, they are mostly for programming languages -- people often do want to know your proficiency (or at least, your confidence, in specific languages, which I think can be self-evaluated)
@Novina If you self-rate anything as 5 stars, what is it relative to? To me, 5 stars in CSS = Eric Meyer or Chris Coyier. I wouldn't rate myself 5 stars in anything until I've achieved a similar level of skill.
@David13: Like I said, you and your potential employer will have different standard, it's all about how confident you are at certain skills. Using your example, If I rate my CSS skills 5 stars, I assume I can do everything in css3, do it well and quickly, know how to organize css, and make sure it follows some ocss or scmcss standard so it'll be scalable. My potential employer, the interviewer, most likely won't know css, so he just wants to know I'm confident and competent at what I do. They most likely won't expect me to be part of the voting committee to create css4 standard... ;)
I'd test if anyone believes all that fluff first. Personally, I get a lot of resumes or personal pages from people asking for work and I never paid any attention to that, as a matter of fact they kind of annoy me, don't know why. But don't know how it is for people with no knowledge of those skills, so I'd like to track this
Maybe "years of experience" might be more appropriate. Like, I've spent 3 years working with C# & C++, 1 year Java etc. It's tangible, something employers will want to know, and easy to measure.
Put a percentage next to a skill looks good at first sight, but when you start to think about it it means nothing relevant and worst, it can confuse the visitor. "50% Photoshop ? I guess he knows how to draw shapes but doesn't know how to colorize them."
But nice charts are sexy and can be easily understood if properly used. Instead of using this Skill / Percentage use more appropriated and labeled charts. Look at these portfolios, this is definitively more relevant to me than a simple : Illustrator : 70%.
Histogram charts (describe your skills with labels) :