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You’ve been applying to jobs for a while now, but you just feel like employers don’t get a good chance to pick up on your personality – even before you get to the interview. You know your resume is solid, but you’re just not getting to the next step. Well, maybe you need to upgrade your resume a little bit.
Resumes are like a calling card. It gives a brief overview of who you are and what you’re capable of, but the sad truth is, employers only spend about six seconds reading your resume. If they don’t see the four or five things they absolutely must have in a potential employee, they’re going to pass.
So how do we make your resume stand out? There are a couple of ways, but the one we’re talking about today is fairly unique outside of the tech industry.
You are going to create a resume website.
Crazy, I know. Your resume website is going to be your new calling card. When you apply for jobs, your cover letter is going to have a link. Your paper resume will have your domain address instead of your home address.
Why does this work?
Outside the tech industry, people don’t generally use personal websites as a professional brand. Which is to say, they may have their own professional brand, but it’s almost exclusively used by entrepreneurs.
Now, you’re going to stand out from the hundreds of resumes because you’re giving the hiring manager a chance to look deeper.
Your website doesn’t have to be limited to a six second overview. Employers who visit your website want to learn as much as they can about you. With a resume website, you have a chance to really sell yourself.
You can explore deeper your hobbies, awards, community service, and more. In addition, you can include video, testimonials from your co-workers and supervisors, and a page where potential employers can contact you directly.
If you’re actively job searching, at the bottom of every cover letter, email, and resume, you can include your website. You can direct people to check it out for more information about you. And they’ll go, because they’re curious.
How to create your resume website?
If you’ve never built a website before, don’t worry! I’ll make this as simple as possible for you!
Go to Bluehost and purchase a year of hosting, along with a domain. The domain should be your name, though the more common your name is, the less likely that domain will be available. Their package for first time sign ups includes a domain for free.
You don’t need any of the side offers they have available, but I would suggest getting domain privacy. It’s a little extra, but it’s worth it to not have solicitors calling and emailing you day and night.
I’ll let you decide you want to invest in your resume website for one year, two years, or three years.
You can use Siteground. Their services are comparable, but I think siteground has better security and less downtime. Please compare the programs and choose whichever will work best for you and your investment.
Once you’ve purchased your domain and webhosting, please download wordpress.org.
(Free checklist in the vault!)
Now that your wordpress.org is installed, please visit elegantthemes.com and purchase the 1 year plan. You get access to over 80 different themes, which is awesome. You can choose any that you like, but I recommend one of these themes:
You just need to customize it now. You can choose to keep a blog that is relatable to your work industry. That shows that you’re in the “know” and that you keep up with current events. You can choose not to blog. You can choose to showcase your adventurous spirit, or community service experiences. Whatever you feel like is not getting through your regular resume, use this space to amplify the best parts of you.
Update as necessary. If you get a new job, or lose your current job, make sure you keep it current. You can use this space to talk about what worked and what didn’t. What lessons you’ve learned and what you’ll do differently or expect from employers in the future. (keep it civil, not basic.)
Sixth: Again, add it to your new resume website to your email signature, resume, and personal business card. You never know who is looking for an employee just like you.
Creative Market has wordpress themes, resume templates, fonts, clipart and stock photos more. If you just want to jazz it up, you can use this amazing marketplace. I highly recommend signing up for their email list; each week they send out six new things. They’re random, but they are often very useful.
A free online based graphics design program. It’s incredibly easy to use, and has hundred of templates you can use if you need to.
Levo is the Millennial’s LinkedIn profile. You get to tell a story, much like here, and you can link it to your resume as well. The community is about networking online and off, so if you live in one of their markets, this might be a really good, free option for you.
Jessica F. Walker’s Professional Resume Services:
Did you read this whole post and think it sounded like a really great idea, but that it also sounded overwhelming?
As someone who does this for a living, I totally understand. I want to make your job search as easy, efficient, and prolific as possible.
I currently have a discounted rate on my basic resume services for those who have opened the Millennial Life Skills Vault.
So, if you want to take your resume and job search to the next level, and you’re ready to make an investment in yourself, let’s work together. Learn more about getting your own personal resume website here.