Most people who are searching for a new job don’t realize that a personal website can be a real game changer. According to Workfolio, “56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website.”
Having this tool to highlight your accomplishments can offer the employer some more information than what can be found on your resume. A web page can allow you to show more than a piece of paper can convey, and it probably doesnt hurt (regardless of your industry) to show you have some digital chops and awareness.
More and more employers are starting to Google search their candidates for the positions they are offering and it would be a great boost if they stumbled upon your website. It shows that you are professional and serious about your job search. Just make sure your website is complete, up to date, and has no errors.
When making your personal website it is important to focus on: a professional headline, a brief bio, your resume, a professional summary/objective, samples of your work, results, links, a blog, videos and other relevant multimedia and testimonials. It is equally important to ensure that it is well-designed and put together professionally. It can show your creative side and show off your personality. If it looks poor though it can definitely have an adverse impact. Make sure it “looks the part!”
A great way to highlight that you have a personal website is to put the link in your email signature, on your resume and cover letter, and on your social networking profiles. This is true whether you are on the job hunt or not. A professionally, branded website can make a big difference in succeeding at your current job as well.
Set yourself apart from others and start creating your personal website right away. Control what others are finding when they search your name, because believe me they are. Sircle Media is here to help and can build a responsive personal brand website for individuals in any industry. Here is a recent website we built for our client, Gregory Frank
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