It’s hard to write a resume, especially if you have no work experience yet. Bullet points and black and white text don’t always show what you can do, or help you stand out.
Fortunately there’s a better way for job seekers to put their resumes online and find a job, and that’s building your own resume website. In this post we’ll go through some top tips for resume and CV websites, and examples of some do’s and don’ts.
Why build a resume website?
Here are some reasons why a resume or CV website can help with your job search:
- Control your online presence. If a hiring manager Googles your name, your personal resume website can be the first result that appears.
- Shows off your personality. Employers want to know about your job experience, but they also want to know what it’s like to work with you. That’s easier to convey with a dynamic website than a piece of paper..
- Makes you more findable. Let’s say hiring managers don’t know your name, but they know the skills they want. Building a resume website with specific, well-written content will help you appear in their search results for the kinds of jobs you’re looking for. Learn more about SEO in our Beginners’ Guide.
- Shows that you are web-savvy. For many kinds of jobs, it’s important to demonstrate that you are tech literate and familiar with current web trends. Only about 7% of job seekers have personal websites, so a resume website of your own will help separate you from the pack.
What’s the difference between an online CV and resume?
Typically a CV is a comprehensive picture of your entire professional history, while a resume is a brief summary of your top skills and experience. A CV (“curriculum vitae”) will list everything you’ve done in your career and education. A resume will focus on what’s relevant for the specific job you’re applying for in 1-2 pages. Resumes are widely-used in the US and Canada. CVs are more common in Europe, and for government or academic positions.
When it comes to a CV or resume website, you can use either one depending on the kinds of jobs you’re looking for. Even though a PDF resume should still be only 1-2 pages, you can use the rest of the website to add more context and color.
With Jimdo, you just answer a few questions and the smart system builds the website for you, with all the pages you need. Connect your social media accounts, and we’ll pull in your existing information so it’s ready to go, all in one place.
More ideas for building your resume website
You don’t want to skimp on the text on your resume website. Without text, those search engines you’re trying to attract won’t be able to find you. But if you’re feeling like things are getting too text-heavy, here are some more ideas of what you can add:
- Links to any newspaper articles or press coverage about you.
- Links to pieces you’ve written on other websites.
- Videos of you presenting
- Easy infographics that bring any dry numbers to life (Try services like Infogram or Piktochart to create your own).
- Other multimedia like interactive timelines to show your professional accomplishments over time.
For more ideas and examples, check out our 8 Steps to Writing a Great About Page >>>
Do’s and don’ts for resume websites
Do still include a PDF file of your resume on your website. Some people still prefer the paper version (or will need it as they go through the hiring process). Use a File Download Element to offer your resume or CV for download as a PDF file.
Don’t break up your resume into too many separate pages. You don’t need a page for education, another for experience, and another for skills. That just means that people have to click multiple times to get the full picture of who you are. Make their lives easier and put all the important info on one page.
Do add links to your public social media profiles, if they’re appropriate. Make your social media accounts private if they are not relevant to your job search or professional life. You probably don’t need recruiters flipping through your cat photos.
Do invest in a personal domain name for your website. A personal website address shows that you’re serious about your career. Ideally, you will be able to snag your name as a .com, but if you’re John Smith that’s probably not going to work (sorry, John Smith!) Adding your middle initial can help or adding your job title as in johnsmiththebaker.com or johnsmithconsulting.com. Here are more tips on how to choose your own domain.
Do add testimonials. One advantage of a resume website is that you can add more context, including testimonials from previous employers or colleagues. If you have no work experience, adding testimonials from friends, teachers, or people you’ve volunteered with can be particularly helpful social proof in the absence of resume bullets.
Don’t exaggerate or include irrelevant information. There’s a reason resumes and CVs are 1-2 pages. Employers only want the essentials. The same goes for your website.
Do get a nice headshot. If you’re awkwardly cropping out relatives or posting something blurry, it’s time to invest in a better photograph of yourself.
Don’t spend so much time on the design that you forget about content. You might have great fonts and colors, but at the end of the day you need to have the skills to do the job. That’s why it’s important to focus on your bullet points and describe your experience clearly.
A good resume website evolves with you, and your career
When your resume is just a PDF, it’s a static document that rarely changes. A website, on the other hand, is easy to change whenever you gain new skills, even when you have no work experience yet. And once you’re hired for that dream job, your resume website can evolve into a professional portfolio site that stays with you throughout your career, through changing jobs and changing tastes.
Looking for more examples of awesome resume websites? Check out these 8 Agency and Freelancer Websites That Are Winning Clients.