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ever changing landscape of technology, many processes that we’re accustomed to have drastically transformed or become outdated.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 is telling of 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:
Regardless of your profession, having a resume website that is functional and beautiful looking 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 stunning resume website templates on the Internet that are equipped with all the elements you need to look good online. So 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 (if you’re a designer), a photography portfolio or research papers etc.
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 picture 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 of yourself. Make sure the picture you choose is recent and is 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 in the long run for.
As for where to place your picture on your 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 before, your square picture is not required to live in the top left-hand side of your paper resume.
When it comes to organizing your content you have the liberty in 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. Remember that readability is crucial here. A good (and complete) resume will always include the following:
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 informational. 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 your 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 your 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. Why not 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 show 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 may speak and any 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 projects that you have done that could show more of your work style and creativity. If you’re a shutterbug wanting to show a more personal collection of your work you can display your images using the Wix Pro Gallery. Likewise, it could also be a way for the “everyday job seeker” too – if you write a blog about a passion project or run a foodie Instagram account. With any selected project you choose to show give a detailed description and some context as to how your project came about. The value to 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 any 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, “evidence” so to speak about yourself by including some testimonials and recommendations from previous employers or co-workers.
Link to your relevant social channels: There’s an emphasis on the word relevant here. For mainstream job seekers the only social channel you should be promoting is your LinkedIn account. For artists or any other creative types who use social platforms as a way to showcase their work it will be useful to link to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.
Going back to that cake analogy, once your cake is baked (and looking delicious) it’s time to decorate it. There are a couple of essential branding elements you’ll need to include to solidify the look of your site. These include:
Selecting the correct colors and fonts: Think of your yourself as brand when completing this step. You need a concise look and feel throughout your resume. One way to achieve this is through the color scheme and font’s you select. Take a look at our helpful guides to selecting a color palette and choosing the best fonts for your website.
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 profession, location, or any other distinctive criteria. Doing this creates a sense of trust and credibility. Not to mention it makes you look pretty cool when sharing your business cards with your own domain on it.
A PDF version of your resume: While your online resume is very impressive some employers will want a printable version of your CV. To do this, include a button that links to a downloadable PDF version.
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 on search engines’ results. This means that the more exposure you get on search result pages, the more likely that prospective recruiter will come across your site. There are a few easy things you can do in order to improve your ranking right off the bat; make sure to choose the right domain name and insert the correct keywords across your entire resume. Luckily, 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 magical Wiz automatically generates a personalized plan that tells you exactly what you need to do to set up your SEO. Pretty cool, right?
Smartphones and tablets are everywhere! In fact, the number of mobile phone users in 2018 is more than 5.1 billion, up 4% year-on-year. So it’s pretty obvious why you need to ensure your website is optimized mobile viewing. This is essentially a version of your regular website that shrinks down to be small enough to display on mobile. The Wix Editor automatically generates this for you, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Your resume website will look neat and attractive on any screen, and any possible device (from desktops to smartphones and tablets). And if you want to take that extra step further, we have what you need: at the end of this article about mobile indexing by Google, you’ll find the 7 best practices (including awesome tools and pro tips) to enhance the mobile version of your site.
The whole purpose of your resume website is to give you a leg up on your job search. Nothing can ruin all you hard work quicker than a silly typo. So to avoid the embarrassment, 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.
After all that, it’s time to hit that ‘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 be able to live chat with site viewers, you can download the Wix Mobile App. Now for maintaining your site – because there’s nothing worse than an outdated CV. Every time you achieve something new or change positions, make sure it’s reflected on your resume website. Since you’re a busy bee and don’t have endless hours to sit in front of your computer with Wix on Mobile you can edit your existing site from your smartphone or tablet, from anywhere and at any moment of the day – even your morning commute.
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