Are you currently on a job hunt and looking for an easy way to stand out? It might be time for you to set up your own website. Even as an employee, having your own website is always a great idea as it will allow you to have a platform where future business partners, potential collaborators and more can find you and reach you easily. Here are the top reasons you need to start creating a personal website.
It is more visual: Sometimes, it is not enough to list your skills on a piece of paper. Nowadays, it is better to provide your recruiter visual and tangible proof of your capabilities. A personal website gives you the chance to do so. Your website will allow you to showcase your work to potential employers and clients. This is especially useful for candidates in creative fields who sometimes have more pressure to stand out.
You can freely share what you want to: Your resume forces you to condense your entire work experience into just a few bullet points. This often forces you, as a candidate to not say everything you would want to say. It also puts more pressure to do well on your interview since you will get the feeling that you were not really able to sell yourself enough with your resume. When you own your personal website, you have more freedom to showcase your work and experiences.
It is easier to advertise: It is not enough to put a great resume together or even a website. You will need to do some advertising in order to increase your chances of being found by employers. While with resumes, you can use job search websites to set up a profile and get connected to employers, having your own website will give you a little more control. You will be able to use advertisement options to boost your website, share your work on social media and more.
It makes you look more serious: Letting your prospect employer know that they can learn more about you on your personal website shows them that you are serious about networking and and making it easy for employers to find you. Plus, putting a good looking website together takes time and effort, which will prove that you really want to find a job. Do not forget to include a downloadable resume so that employers do not have to ask you for one after visiting your page.
Easier to find you: A website will make you more visible in search engine results, increasing your chances of landing your dream job. Make sure you plug in key words that reflect the skills and abilities that your prospect employer might be looking for.
It is easier to contact you: Do not forget to include clear call to actions on your website and to give direct info on how recruiters can reach you. Make sure the information is always up to date so that you do not miss any important job offer.
Most importantly, a website will be able to reflect who you really are. It can be hard to show your personality through your resume. Taking the time to set up a personal website will greatly benefit you in the short and long run by providing authentic information, giving you freedom and control and by greatly increasing your chances of finding the job you dream of.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints