Will Companies mind that my Portfolio Site utilizes an HTML Template?

Will Companies mind that my Portfolio Site utilizes an HTML Template?


Hi everyone,

Given that September and October are two of the best months for applying for jobs, I want to send out applications. I still feel like I can improve in some areas (learning better UI/UX design concepts and frameworks such React and Angular), but I don’t want that to deter me from sending out applications.

My current portfolio site, however, looks too clunky as I have not touched it since first creating it (at least not to improve the aesthetics). You can find the site at alanmhernandez.com. So I have started looking into using attractive HTML templates that’ll make it look nice. My question then is: do Web Development hiring managers care if I use a template for my design? Will they even examine my site’s code?


If you’re going to apply for job that requires design skills, then i would design portfolio myself. But if you’re gonna be back-end developer, then i would just provide github link. Just my two cents. Good luck!


For front-end jobs, I would assume they could “smell” a template site a mile a way. If your template site is extremely complex and then they ask you to implement a feature your website has in another project while they are watching, you better not just copy/paste. You better understand how every single line of code in your template works. That is why it is better for front-end work that your site reflects what you truly understand how to implement.