If you are searching for a new job, or even if you are just open to a new job, you probably know already that you have to find ways to make yourself stand out from the crowd.
In order to get noticed these days you need to be online. LinkedIn & Facebook are both great resources, but everyone else is already doing that too. One way to make yourself stand out is to publish your own online digital resume for perspective employers to browse through and get to know you.
There are plenty of free options available, where you can “borrow” or “rent” a page on someone else’s domain, but a much more powerful way to make an impression is to have your own domain setup with a professional (or quirky depending on the type of position you are looking for) looking resume.
The simplest way to do this is to get yourself a domain name (usually your own name.com) set up a web host, and then install and use WordPress to build your resume. WordPress is a free open source software program that makes it really easy for anyone to build, manage and edit a website.
It will cost you a few dollars for the domain and hosting, (under $20 to get started) but the impact this could have on a potential employer could be huge.
Having your own online resume site allows you to show off your personality as well as an in-depth work history, but most of all it shows employers that you are prepared to go above and beyond what most people do.
At SimpleWebsiteTutorials.com we have a great step by step tutorial that will show you exactly how to get your resume setup in no time.
We have seen hundreds of people from high school kids, to brand new grads as well as mid-career experts looking for a change or promotion setup some awesome sites.
Here are our top tips for setting up your digital resume site:
1: Your online resume should help any prospective employer get to you know as quickly and easily as possible. Keep your navigation simple and easy to use, and direct people to your most admirable qualities.
Some things to keep in mind are:
- Main Page: Should contain a short bio 50 to 70 word summary of your previous experience, and what you are looking for next, as well as a great headshot.
- Job History – Should contain your most relevant experience, try to limit it to what is relevant to the type of job you are looking for now.
- Education – Brief but complete details of any relevant educational qualifications.
- A Portfolio Page – This is where you can really go to town and highlight any past achievements that will impress your new boss. Depending on the industry, it could be photos, creative projects, any accolades you have achieved, whatever.
- Contact Page – Make it easy for people to get in contact with you, whether its a phone number and email address or a Contact Form, just make sure they can easily get in contact with you.
- Recommendations – Don’t wait for your new boss to ask for your references, put them out there front and center, list any references, recommendations etc, along with their contact details (with their permissions of course).
2: First impressions count, so make it a good one. Pick a good theme if you have a few more dollars to spend, there are some great premium resume themes available for under $100). Make sure it has a clean, large readable font. No fancy script or handwriting fonts, keep it simple, Ariel, Times New Roman, Cambria, Calibri etc are all fine.
3: Show off your talents. Unlike a traditional resume where you don’t want to include too much information for fear of handing over a 30 page “Novel”. On your resume website you can add as much information as you like. Employers will only look at it, if they are truly interested, so you have got nothing to lose by adding in as much “Good stuff” as possible.
4: The above point notwithstanding, try to keep your content short and sharp, to the point. Add in as much information as you need to to make your point, but avoid waffling on about irrelevant details.
5: Build Your Brand, a name based domain is a great way to start. But you can also link to any other websites or profiles that you think may enhance your chances of landing that dream job.
Below you will find some great examples of some WordPress themes that can be used for your online resume.
To get your resume up and running, simple choose a theme, and then follow the main tutorial over here.
Example Resume Themes:
There are loads more resume themes to choose from, to get your Online Resume started, click here and follow our step by step tutorial.