Consider Creating A Personal Web Page

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By Gordon Walter

Most job seekers spend time applying for jobs or hoping to hear responses related to resumes they have submitted through big job boards (e.g., Monster, Career Builder, etc.).  Though such activities are an essential part of a successful job search, you should consider adding another Internet component to your job search strategy:  a personal resume website.

Tight budgets have caused some companies and recruiters to have less money devoted to recruiting efforts.  Such employers and their representatives spend less on the recruiting process and rely more on “free” parts of the Internet to look for potential candidates.  Many job seekers saw this trend and created a personal resume website that is easily found by recruiters using standard search engines:  Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

Reasons to consider a personal resume website:

  1. Telling Your Professional Story.  Lots of job seekers have created social networking pages that are fine for sharing with friends and family but give a view of the person ranging from informal to less than professional.  Employers routinely do Internet searches on promising candidates as an informal background check.  It is much better to have a portfolio of professional accomplishments pop-up early in the search versus pictures of you and your friends at a backyard barbeque.
  2. Employers Guided to You.  Professional career pages allow recruiters to find you.  Some recruiters use Google to search for people after hearing of a layoff.  When beginning the search for people, they type something like “Client Services Representative at XYZ Corporation.”  This provides them with fewer search hits to deal with, and a chance to find good candidates quickly and cheaply.  Since personal resume websites are full of job-related terminology, they are apt to show-up early in such searches.
  3. Holistic View.  A conventional resume must conform to the traditional format, but it is easier to adapt a personal resume website to include other important elements like references, work samples, or formal pictures.  These digital sites are adept at conveying something of who you are.  When done well, it can be compelling and even inspiring to see what people have experienced/accomplished in topical areas outside the realm of a resume.
  4. Resumes are moving to the Internet.  Thanks to the growth of websites such as LinkedIn, an individual’s resume information is increasingly likely to appear on the World Wide Web now more than ever.  Employers In the future will definitely be more likely to find you than versus the conventional model of you searching for them.
  5. Best Personal Websites.  To get a better idea of what can be accomplished with a personal resume website, check-out these sites.  Go to:  https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-35-best-personal-websites-weve-ever-seen.

 

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