In the age of the Internet, it seems the practice of writing resumes is a bit archaic. Writing out the qualifications in paper and trying to make it look good is very hard. There is another option: a resume website. While applying for a job, it will help you stand out if your resume is a website, rather than just bullet points on paper. Let us try and understand what resume website should be and what is the best way to make one.
Why create a resume wesbsite?
Here are some reasons why you should have a resume or a CV website that will enhance your job search:
1. You are in control:
a good manager who is looking you up will invariably Google you. It will be favorable to you if the 1st result that appears is your personal website. You control what you put on this website and therefore this will give you the best exposure to the hiring manager. Social media accounts and other information dense to be uncontrolled and you might not want pictures of you showing up in your Google search.
2. Your creativity is displayed:
anyone can create a resume or print a CV. It takes someone who is willing to go the extra mile to create a resume website. The way you showcase your details gives you room to show off your creativity and your flexibility as part of your personality.
3. Increase your visibility:
suppose the hiring manager is looking for a specific skill, with a website you have the power to control what is highlighted at any point in time. Also, if the hiring manager Google a certain skill you will figure in the search results which will increase your visibility.
4. Shows that you are web aware:
An invariable result for this kind of website is that the hiring manager cannot say that you are not modern and web savvy. It is important to demonstrate to hiring people that you will know how to use the Internet. A resume website will help you stand out from the crowd.
5. It is fun:
putting together a resume or CV and looking for a job is a lot of hard work. Building your own resume or CV website might take away a lot of the stress and work that is involved in doing this. Building a website shows that you are a proactive person and the not unwilling to take risks that will pay off. People who work in the creative field can take full advantage of this as they can easily showcase their past work portfolio and work experience.
What should your resume website contain?
The lazy approach is to copy and paste the text from your resume and use that as your website. But that does not take full advantage of what a website can offer you.
Here are some of the recommendations that we have for a website which must function as a resume.
1. Home page:
this page is where you introduce yourselves and let hiring people know that they are in the right place. Clearly highlight your name, title and position as part of the websites title and header text. Then summarize who you are and what you do.
Unless you are a designer or a photographer, it is best to keep your design simple here with a good photograph of you. Make sure that you photograph is a professional head-shot and is not too big on the page.
You can put your contact information which includes your social media accounts all in one place on this page.
2. Resume page:
a lot of people use the home page as their resume. There is an advantage to using that as it is not a waste of time and gives recruiters all the information in one place. Another way to do this is to put your resume on its own page on your website.
This page should be like your paper resume. You could use modern text blocks and sections to separate your resume into logical areas where it is clear what you are qualified and what you do. It is best to keep it simple. Even though you’re using a website and it is possible to be very creative, it is important to quickly present a straightforward list of what you have done.
3. References page:
A resume will normally have a section for references and hiring managers sometimes call them to double check your information. The references page on a website can be as simple as a bunch of short testimonials of how mentors, colleagues and managers liked to work with you. This way recruiters can see who you are without having to call your references.
You could also copy references from your LinkedIn profile.
A website can serve to highlight your work and accomplishments. Resume normally have vague descriptions of what you had done and accomplished over the period of your career. This is where you can be creative and showcase what you have done that stands out. For photographers, designers or people in the creative field this is where you could include photographs, designs, videos or links to your work.
For non-creative people it is still easy to give examples of what you have done an accomplished. Try to describe accomplishments in a first-person manner so that the resume is more personal to read. Highlight what you are most proud of as your accomplishments.
5. Contact form:
Insert off a boring line containing your Phone number and your email address, the contact page could be a form with some information of your contact address. This also could be some information that is in the footer of your website. This will then appear on every page and make it easier for people to contact you.
If you are really serious about your career, look to getting a domain name that is personal to you. Ideally getting a domain name which is the same as your name will work. If that is not possible add your initial do the name.
Tips to enhance your resume website
some of the other things to keep in mind odd that this is a website that search engines will index. Therefore, you should also optimize your website for search engines. In case you feel your website is full of text then you can do the following:
- You could link any articles in the news or blogs which talk about you.
- Remember to feature any articles that you have written for other websites.
- If you have any videos of your presentations remember to link them as well.
- To make your website little clearer you could use a service like an infogram to create infographics. These can really spice up your website.
Some do’s and don’ts
- Do make your conventional resume available for download. Some recruiters might still need this content so you should offer your CV for the download as a PDF.
- Don’t use too many pages. Splitting your resume into a page for education, another for experience or skills is not necessary. This will increase the number of clicks a person has to go through to understand who you are.
- Do add links do your social media profiles. Keep in mind that the content should be safe for work.
- Don’t pad your web resume.
- Do get a professional photograph.
- Don’t go overboard with design that you forget to highlight content which is important. Recruiters are looking for indications that you have the skill to do the job.
- Do use a good website builder that helps you in organizing your content.
Following these steps will help you stand out when you are looking for a job and will help you make a good, visible resume website. Keep in mind that recruiters are looking for the skills to do the jobs they represent. Keep your website clean and neat and remember that this is what the world will see of you.