In the new gig economy, a single-page resume may not be enough to advertise your skills anymore. For those go-getters who have had multiple careers or a glittering collection of extracurriculars - or even those who simply want to solidify their personal brand, a professional resume website may just be the ticket to your next opportunity.
What is a web resume?
A resume website is exactly what it sounds like - a website to house any and all your experiences and personal stories that you’d like to be known by your potential employers or collaborators. Think LinkedIn, but with your personal spin on the look and feel of how you’d like to present yourself.
Why should I build a resume website?
You can read an in-depth reasoning of why building a personal website is important, but the short of it is essentially:
- Show your eligibility and qualifications for jobs you’re interested in
- Give your employers an in-depth understanding of your skills, strength, and work experience
- House your collection of achievements, awards, education, and any other notable accomplishments that speak of your work ethic
- Tell a story that can set the tone for your interactions with your potential collaborators and/or employers
To be clear, a single-page resume is still the gold standard of traditional job hunting, but occasionally, there are a few crucial items you’d like to add that just can’t fit into a single sheet of paper. The typical pro for this is so you can save a few bits of information for interview questions - especially the dreaded, “tell me more about yourself - why should we hire you?”. The con of it, is that any answer you may have is a claim - how do you prove it?
Creating a web resume would be an excellent way to boost your credibility. Employers will always run background checks to potential applicants, and when they see proof of the experience and skills you claim to have - that wasn’t in your resume, it makes you a trustworthy candidate.
Additionally, when you build a resume website, you get to decide how much (or how little) information you’d like to share about your experience. You can opt to expand on your previous work history by adding the contact information of - with their knowledge and consent, previous supervisors or teammates that can vouch for your work ethic and fact check your claims. A web resume can also house your portfolio or a gallery of your previous work - whichever works best with the nature of your skill output and personal preference. You can even treat this personal website as a digital calling card that can house more than your professional assets.
In any case, when you create a resume website, you’re setting yourself up for success through professional visibility and accessibility.
How do you create a resume website?
If you already have a traditional resume or CV, that’s already a great jumping off point into the next few steps. Other things you may prepare include:
- Certifications on other skills you may have
- A collection of samples of your previous work - a gallery of art or photography pieces and other visual art, or links to published public works
- List of organizations and professional affiliations you’re active or have had significant service in; and
- A strong network of contacts that can give an honest and flattering evaluation of your character
With all these assets at the ready, you can start building your resume website by:
Choosing a platform or website maker - there are a lot of free website makers that you can use to let yourself play around with the basic building blocks for a personal website. This is the best way to get to know the working parts before finding what works for you and your personal brand when you start creating your own personal homepage.
Bonus: Read here for more on what makes a great website template so you’ll know what you’re looking for while exploring.
- Designing a personal homepage. When you’ve decided on a platform and you know what you want and how you want your information to be displayed, you can start moving things around with your personal touch. Play with the intricate details to make your space unique with photos, art, colors and fonts; and learn more about other essential tips on creating your own personal website.
- Writing a brief and professional About Page. Beyond the skills and the accolades, who are you and what’s your story? Tell people about your work ethic and how you found yourself in search of a career in your desired field. Help employers get an idea of what motivates you by humanizing your accomplishments by writing excellent website copy that rings true to your mission.
- Displaying your best and/or most recent work. The core of any great resume website is the fruit of your labors. Show off your outputs, where your work has taken you, and the best out of the projects you’ve worked on with these portfolio templates for inspiration. Visual artists will typically create a gallery of their art while writers and speakers may have a personal blog or links to their reputable work exposures and news bits. Whatever you create and put out into the world, share a preview of it here.
- Outlining your process. After impressing your audience with your work, walk them through what it takes to do what you do and how you manifest your vision. This is a great space to share personal details behind your CV such as anecdotes of your experiences that inform your process, your planned future projects, or even your personal career goals.
- Sharing your professional contact details. Make it easy for potential employers to contact you by creating a dedicated page for your email, social media, and other general professional online presence. Some website hosting platforms even offer a personalized professional email that comes with getting your own domain, immediately upgrading yourself from email@example.com to a firstname.lastname@example.org at yourdomain.com.
Examples of Website Resumes
Overwhelmed? Don’t worry - some people learn better through observation and inspiration. Here’s a handful of brilliant individuals who created their space from the ground-up or have used templates to create a resume website through making it their own. Here’s a few rules of thumb to building resume websites and see how these individuals have followed (or broken! As rules were made) to land their dream jobs.
- Cynthia Blair - freelance artist and designer
Cynthia Plair’s resume website is a single-scroll space that outlines all the kinds of work she does as a professional artist and designer including links to press that mention her or her work, an archive, a list of awards, and a link to another webspace that contains more of her ongoing projects.
- Michael Wong - Independent film director
As a director, Michael Wong’s constantly working with moving visuals, and the design of his portfolio is intuitively designed for you to gain more information as you scroll down, learning about his background and vision, and history of work - and the awards he’s collected so far.
- Jessica Manalo - Musician
Jessica Manalo has a lot to say and a lot going on, but you can see and experience her artistry right at her website with videos from her official YouTube channel and other appearances, as well as gig listings and schedules laid out for those who want to see her live. Eager to engage, she has multiple channels open for contact, including her social channels, newsletter, and a shop featuring her own merch.
- Emily Penn - Skipper and ocean advocate
Emily Penn is almost always moving and working to study the environmental challenges that are affecting us today. When she isn’t speaking on issues relating to ocean health and how it’ll affect us in the future, she’s smart to allow multiple banners to highlight other projects related to her desire to inspire others into helping to find new solutions to the ocean plastic issue. Because her advocacy is her work, her portfolio is an ever updating space of news and tweets that inform visitors of her progress in real time.
- Peggy Liu - Digital and traditional illustrator and photographer
Peggy Liu’s collection of work is an excellently simplified way to showcase a variety of the visual mediums she works with. Categorized on the left with a clear call-to-action button for contact, she allows her users to scroll through her expansive illustrations and photography work over the years to see her versatility and different styles that she cultivated over her time as an artist.
- Gary Sheng - Developer and co-founder of Civics Unplugged
As a developer and co-founder of a social enterprise of civic entrepreneurship called Civics Unplugged, Gary Sheng’s work is far from the previous examples that were heavily visual in nature. Instead, he takes a different approach when you navigate his resume website, allowing you to work your way down and backwards in time as he starts with his current work and then outlines the journey it took for him to find his calling. He shares more of his insights by allowing you to “dive deeper into his brain” by concisely yet thoughtfully sharing his own work philosophies, finally leaving you with the ways you can contact him.
You can find even more inspiring examples from real people here.
Depending on your preference, your resume website can be as expansive and comprehensive, or as minimal and direct-to-the-point as you need it to be. With the right widgets and building blocks, your website resume can present you in the best light possible in this digital age that a simple resume and calling card can’t.
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