Previously,I had written a post about why you should build a personal website. Today’s post will be about how to design and build that website. Although I personally recommend Weebly, you can use any other website building service out there. Weebly is just extremely easy-to-use and affordable. It comes with a wide selection of themes and images (both free and not free) to make your website look professional and attractive. At just $8 per month for the annual membership, you can have a professional website up and running within a couple hours. Here are my top tips for your personal website.
Use an Attractive Theme that is Aligned with Your Personality
Have you seen websites that are just hideous? Well, thankfully, by using Weebly, you have a huge variety of beautiful templates to make your personal website stand out. If you browse around the Weebly site, you’ll find examples of websites that were built using their tool to get an idea of what you can do. Your resume is just a dull piece of paper that shows your accomplishments. You can inject some of your personality and creativity through the template and images that you use on your website to really stick out among the competition.
Highlight Your Accomplishments
You probably don’t want your website to be too detailed. Your resume is already full of detailed bullet points. You want your website to hit the major points of your career. Part of those major points are your accomplishments. I recommend listing a few of your major accomplishments as a teaser to your full resume. Showcasing specific experience and accomplishments is a very powerful way of demonstrating your abilities and skills.
Highlight Your Key Skills
Along with your accomplishments, you should highlight your key skills as well. After all, you’re looking for a job, and it is necessary for the recruiter or hiring manager to identify what your key skills are at first glance. However, I wouldn’t list too many of your skills in here since that may become too overwhelming and detailed. Instead, focus on the major “category” that your skills are a part of (e.g. project management, website design, corporate accounting, corporate finance etc).
Include a Good Photograph
Just like your Linkedin profile, you want to have a good, professional photograph to put a face to your resume. You want to have a friendly picture and not one that will make you look like a serial killer. A positive photograph will make you much more memorable in a good way.
Detail Your Professional Interests
You also want to detail what your professional interests are. What industries or functions are you interested in working in? This section allows recruiters to gauge whether or not their position will be the right fit for you.
Do Not Include Personal Information
As with everything you post on the internet, you want to be careful with what you want people to see. Use your common sense and personal judgment. Do not include your personal phone number or home address.
Link to Your Resume and Linkedin
I recommend putting a PDF version of your resume available for download. If someone looks at your website and likes what she sees, she may want to take a look at a full resume to better assess whether or not you would be a good fit for a position. Also include a link to your Linkedin profile which may give the recruiter more information about you. Conversely, link to your website from your Linkedin profile to add more color to your profile. Remember to keep your resume and profile updated as frequently as possible.
Include a Contact Form
Finally, I recommend building out a contact form for people to contact you. The contact form will protect your privacy.
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