The job market is competitive, and job seekers are always looking for ways to make their resumes stand out from the pile. One way to do that is to remove your resume from the physical pile and put it on the computer screen. Resume websites are becoming more and more popular, especially among creative industries.
Before you jump into creating a website, you need to gauge whether or not a website will be effective and worth your time. Stephanie, a hiring expert from AT&T, offers this: “If you are looking for a job where there is no demonstrable content and all the website includes is a version of your resume and how to contact you, then it might not be a good ratio of effort to impact. If you are going to build it, make sure the content is relevant to the outcome you desire.” 1 A website (or at least a good website) will require a good amount of effort, and you want to ensure that this effort will pay off and that you aren’t wasting your time.
So how do you know if a website is the right choice for you? An easy way to figure this out is to ask yourself if you have enough examples of your work to warrant an entire website. If you are in a creative field, you probably will. Cory, a hiring expert from Cigna, says “Companies like startups and media or design may be more impressed by a resume website as it shows ingenuity and creativity. I'd take their culture and values into account when pursuing non-traditional ways of getting noticed.”2 Certain fields are better suited to a resume website than others. Therefore, if you are in design, advertising, or photography, a website could be a great way to grab an employer’s eye.
This brings us to the last thing you have to consider when building a website: what to put on it. Even the most beautifully designed website won’t attract any attention if there isn’t strong content. According to Claire, a hiring expert from Textron, “some things to include are various projects, work experience, or relevant coursework that you have taken. You may also want to include a summary statement about yourself, explaining what jobs and industries you might be interested in working in and long-term goals.” 3
What a resume website should look like will vary person to person, but this is a great place to start thinking about what you would include. And the most important thing to remember is that a website should be easy to read and navigate; no recruiter should ever struggle to find your information.
Keep in mind that even the best resume website is not the end of your job search. Stephanie reminds job seekers they “will still need to network, make connections, apply to career sites and potentially do informational interviews to get noticed.” Adding a well-crafted resume website into the mix, along with traditional job searching methods, can be a great way to stand out from all the other job seekers and potentially catch the eye of a future employer.