How to Make a Professional Resume Website in Record Time
This post was last updated on August 3, 2020.
Due to the ever changing landscape of technology, many processes that we’re accustomed to have drastically transformed or become outdated. One such process – applying for a job. The days of personally delivering your printed resume to your desired workplace are long gone (like, way long gone). And trying to fit all your education, skills and experience into one page is close behind it.
Considering that you are constantly acquiring new skills and qualifications – you need a resume that you can update and share at any given moment. On top of that, potential employers should also be able to find you online with a quick search of your name. Having a well-designed CV website that conveys your personality sends a clear message to recruiters that you are serious about your career.
In order to get you going on your path to professional success, we’ve broken down the steps on how to make your very own resume website:
Choose your resume website template
Add a professional picture of yourself
Add the relevant sections
Add in the small details
Optimize for SEO
Make sure you’re mobile-friendly
Ask for a second opinion
Publish and track
01. Choose your resume website template
Regardless of your profession, having a resume website that is functional and beautiful is an absolute must. Now, we understand that not everyone has an eye for design or a clue what a domain name is – and that’s okay. Luckily for you, you can find plenty of free and professional resume website templates on the internet that are equipped with all the elements you need to look good online. All you’re left to do is pick your favorite and customize it until you’re happy with the final result.
Depending on your needs and style, there are two types of sites available. You can go for a long scrolling one pager if the sole purpose of your site is to let people read a quick overview about you. Alternatively, you can opt for the classic option, where each section has a dedicated page. This is recommended for people who have multiple elements to show, such as projects for clients, photography or design portfolios, or research papers.
02. Add a professional picture of yourself
It goes without saying that you should include a picture of yourself on your resume website – after all, if people are on your page, it’s because they want to learn (and see) who you are. Plus, people are naturally drawn to pictures rather than words.
But hold on, before you upload that family picture from your last island vacation, think about the perception you want to create with your photo and your resume website as a whole. While some professions (designers, artists, musicians, etc.) may have some creative freedom, for the general job seeker it’s best to play things safe with a neutral, professional looking headshot.
Make sure the picture you choose is recent, as well as a true reflection of what you really look like on a daily basis. Finding the right balance between friendly and serious is key – like Tyra Banks suggests: smile with your eyes. You should feel (and look) as natural as possible in order to exude a sense of approachability. Don’t think twice about hiring a professional photographer to snap some good headshots. It’s an investment that you’ll thank yourself for in the long run.
As for where to place your picture on your personal website – it should always be above the fold. Why? Because people need to understand in a matter of seconds what they have landed on. This being said, the dimensions and exact location of your picture are up to you. Unlike in printed CVs, your square picture is not required to live on the top left-hand side of your resume.
03. Add the relevant sections
When it comes to organizing your content, you have the liberty of deciding how to set it up and what to include. However, much like when baking a cake, there are a couple of key ingredients needed in order to achieve the perfect result. That means including the right pages so that your resume website as a whole is truly an accurate representation of you.
An inviting homepage: This is the first snippet of you a recruiter will see, so it’s crucial that your homepage is eye-catching yet informative. Your homepage needs to be the perfect summary of who you are and what you do. It should entice people to click more in order to find out more about you. Use this page to display that carefully selected picture of yourself, your name, contact details and field of work or current position. You can also include a paragraph explaining your background or experience. Keep it short and sweet – you don’t want to overwhelm recruiters with tons of text. They’ll discover the rest in the following sections.
Your experience: Ah, the real nitty gritty of writing a resume. Select only the experience that is most relevant to the type of field you’re applying for. This can include jobs, internships and any volunteer work. For each job, list a couple of main roles, tasks, and accomplishments. You can visually represent your experience by displaying it on a timeline. This design style gives a clean, organized look to your valuable experience.
Your education: Depending on the extent of your education, you can also format this as a timeline or simply just list your degree(s). Be sure to include the name of each university or institution, its location and your date of graduation. Also include your major/minor fields as well as any honors, publications or notable projects you were involved in.
Skills: Highlight your many talents with a dedicated skills section. You should list any computer systems which you are proficient in (Photoshop, Microsoft office, PowerPoint, content management tools etc.), any foreign languages you speak, and other skills that may be required for the job you are applying for that haven’t been mentioned anywhere else in your online resume.
Personal projects: This section is included mainly for creative fields in mind. Think of this as an online portfolio of your projects that showcases your style and creativity. For example, if you're a photographer wanting to show a more personal collection of your work, you can display your images using the Wix Pro Gallery. With any selected project you choose to show, give a detailed description and some context as to how your project came about. The value of including any kind of extracurricular activity (even if it’s not necessarily related to your profession) is that it shows how dynamic you are.
Contact: As someone looking to be “found”, we can’t stress this enough: make sure your contact details are easy to locate. There’s nothing more off-putting to a site visitor than having to search for your contact info. It’s considered a good practice to add all of your essential details in the footer of your site.
Testimonials and recommendations: Reviews are everything these days. Think about the first thing you do when contemplating a new restaurant – you check the reviews, right? Well, you can give recruiters that same unbiased view of yourself by including testimonials and recommendations from previous employers or co-workers.
Link to your relevant social channels: For most professional fields, you’ll need to update your LinkedIn account and link to it on your resume website. However, for artists, photographers, freelancers and other creative types who use social platforms as a way to showcase their work, it may be useful to link to your professional Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube accounts.
04. Add in the small details
Going back to that cake analogy, once your cake is baked (and looking delicious) it’s time to decorate it. To create a professional website, there are a couple essential branding elements you’ll need. These include:
Selecting the correct colors and fonts: Think of yourself as a brand when completing this step. You’ll need a concise look and feel throughout your resume website. One way to achieve this is through the color scheme and fonts you select. Take a look at our helpful guides to selecting a color palette and choosing the best fonts for your website.
Choosing a unique domain name: Select a domain name that’s preferably, well, your own name. This is what is known as personal branding. If the domain is already taken, consider adding your job title, location or any other distinctive criteria. Doing this creates a sense of trust and credibility. Not to mention it helps you look professional when sharing business cards with your own domain on them.
Including a PDF version of your resume: While your online resume is very impressive, some employers will also want a printable version of your CV. To do this, include a button that links to a downloadable PDF version.
05. Optimize for SEO
Now, before you shy away from this seemingly complicated topic – hear us out. SEO (search engine optimization) is the practice of optimizing your site so that your pages can rank higher in search engines results. The more exposure you get on search result pages, the more likely that prospective recruiters will come across your site.
As you create a resume website, there are a few easy things you can do in order to improve your ranking right off the bat. For example, make sure to choose the right domain name and insert strategic keywords throughout your resume website.
To help you, Wix has developed an intuitive, comprehensive and free solution that will guide you through all these optimization steps. Introducing: Wix SEO Wiz, a.k.a. the ultimate tool to help you get found online. The Wiz automatically generates a personalized plan that tells you exactly what you need to do to set up your SEO.
Bonus: Check out this guide on how to get your website on Google.
06. Make sure you’re mobile-friendly
Smartphones and tablets are everywhere. In fact, mobile browsing accounts for approximately half of web traffic globally. Because of the popularity of these devices, you need to ensure your website is optimized for mobile viewing.
To do this, you’ll need a mobile website - a version of your resume website that shrinks down to be small enough to display on the mobile screen. The Wix Editor automatically generates this for you, ensuring that your resume website looks neat and attractive on any device.
To learn about the 7 best practices to enhance the mobile version of your site, take a look at this article about mobile indexing by Google.
07. Ask for a second opinion
The whole purpose of your resume website is to give you a leg up on your job search. Nothing can ruin all your hard work quicker than a silly typo. To ensure your resume looks polished and professional, ask a friend or anyone you trust to proofread the copy of your text and test out your site’s navigation. Do all the links work? Does your resume website accurately represent you in terms of the style and tone? These are all valuable questions a trusted second opinion can answer for you.
08. Publish and track
After all that, it’s time to hit the Publish button and wait for the offers to roll in! But publishing is only step one. Now you need to maintain, nurture and keep track of everything going on regarding your resume website. This includes understanding who is visiting your site and how much traffic your resume website is generating. In order to keep track of these stats and live chat with site viewers, you can download the Wix Mobile App.
When it comes to maintaining your site, be sure to keep your CV updated. Every time you achieve something new or change positions, it should be reflected on your resume website. Since you’re a busy bee and don’t have endless hours to sit in front of your computer, you can edit your existing site from your phone from anywhere and at any moment of the day – even on your morning commute.
By Taira Sabo
Wix Blog Manager