Resume Tip Tuesday: Why You Should Create a Personal Website

Posted November 05, 2013

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There are tons of free tools out there to help you build a digital mecca of your professional personality, social media profiles, portfolio, blog and—of course—resume. It’s a great way to paint a clearer picture of who you are, your career goals and what you've achieved so far.

Personal websites enhance the traditional resume, no matter which field you’re in.

“A lot of job seekers mistakenly believe that they only need a personal website if they're applying for web design or development positions,” says Ben Landers, president at Blue Corona, a marketing and analytics company. “At Blue Corona, if a candidate doesn’t have a personal website or a blog, we likely won’t even offer them an interview – it doesn’t matter whether they want to be our admin or VP of sales.”

If you think about it, creating a personal website has never been easier. There’s really no reason not to create an awesome, dynamic and personalized space for you to showcase why employers should hire you.

Check out these five great tools to create an impressive visual representation of you – no coding required!

1. Flavors.me2. Vizify.com3. About.me4. Re.vu5. Zerply

(BONUS: WordPress Offers more flexibility and customization)

All of the above make it really easy -- you simply choose your favorite layouts and then it's just plugging and chugging your info! It's actually kind of fun...get creative!

Don't Assume that Employers Will Understand These Services

“You'll want to outline this briefly in your cover letter or email when you apply,” says Michael Markarian, hiring manager at Contempo Card.

Rather than just including a link in your email or cover letter, briefly explain that this is a personal website, which will paint a clearer picture about your personality and ambition.

Many Employers appreciate those who go above and beyond to showcase their skills. “In our industry where all our team members work virtually and from home, the ability to find out more about an individual through an online resume plus bio, has made all the difference in our hiring process,” says Sandra Lewis, founder and director of Worldwide101, a virtual services company.

Take the guess work out but showing ‘em you’re a great fit with a personal website!

Here are Five More Reasons Why a Personal Website Should be Part of Your Job Search

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