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Making great portfolio for beginner Database Developer on Upwork(oDesk) for 5 min

If you are a beginner on Upwork(oDesk) then you need great portfolio to increase chances getting a job.

Again, customers do not ask details about projects in your portfolio if you bid for offers with a budget from $5 to $1000.

This means that you can add many interesting things into your portfolio even if you have not yet developed them :).

There are many successfully working companies, which started the same way - making astonish list of allegedly completed projects to appeal potential clients.

Here are some simple examples how to create amazing portfolio for '5 minutes'.

Each portfolio should have a project description. See good examples of portfolio descriotions for databases.

Option 1: Create portfolio using the existing DB diagrams from the Internet, but diffuse them

Steps:

  • Open Google Images and type 'ErWin diagrams warehouse' or 'ErWin diagrams CRM' or 'ErWin diagrams attendance' or just 'ErWin diagrams';
  • Copy images from the google results where diagrams have ~20 or more tables and have relationships between tables. The image should be big enough, because you will need resize it to hide details;
  • Open chosen images of diagrams in Paint (standard windows editor) and resize them while text on them will not be unreadable;
  • Add this image into your portfolio.

Here is how it may look like:
DB model diffused

Option 2: Add sketch examples of DB diagrams for your portfolio

Some developers do not use any tools to develop a DB model. They use paper and pencil - this is not an effective way to develop and support DB model in future, but for our needs it applicable.

Steps:

  • Open Google Images and type 'ErWin diagrams warehouse' or 'ErWin diagrams CRM' or 'ErWin diagrams attendance' or just 'ErWin diagrams';
  • Choose some diagrams 2 or 3 with ~10 tables and write them down on a sheet of paper;
  • Make a photo of your diagram and add it into portfolio

Here is how it may look like:
DB Sketch

Option 3: Add into portfolio DB diagrams created from existing one

This option is for those who want to add a clear picture of DB diagram into their portfolio.

Steps:

  • Open Google Images and type 'ErWin diagrams warehouse' or 'ErWin diagrams CRM' or 'ErWin diagrams attendance' or just 'ErWin diagrams';
  • Choose 2 or 3 diagrams with ~10 tables and not complicated relationships;
  • Recreate these diagrams using one of the following modeling tools:

Here is how it may look like:
DB ErWin model