There are thousands of websites online that allow you to look and apply for new job opportunities. Heck, there are even social media sites that can match you to the company of your dreams!
However, have you ever considered creating your own resume website?
A personal resume website is a great way to tell employers a little bit more about yourself. With it, you’re not limited to one side of A4 paper layout. Better yet, you can inject a little personality into your site thanks to customization tools that web builders now offer.
In this article, I’m going to tell you how you can create a free resume website using Wix. I used this tool because, aside from having a selection of resume and portfolio-specific themes, it’s also fully customizable.
Here is my step-by-step guide on How to Create a Personal Resume Website:
- Step 1 - Decide what you want your resume to be like
- Step 2 - Choose a website builder and create an account
- Step 3 - Pick a fitting theme
- Step 4 - Create one page for each section of your resume
- Step 5 - Start a blog to boost your Google ranking
- Step 6 - Make sure your website is mobile-friendly
1. Decide what you want your resume to be like
The information you add to your resume depends on what you want to be known for. Maybe you have experience in some industry or maybe you just got your academic degree and are looking to jumpstart your career?
Are you looking to display the visual work you've created? Or maybe you just need something very simple to showcase your work experience. Before you start, it's important to visualize your final goal before committing to a platform or a design.
That being said, there are sections that most employers want to see on all types of resume websites - just to get an overview of the skills you can bring to the table.
When creating your resume make sure to include a heading with your name, current address, phone number, and your email address.
Then, add an objective statement highlighting the type of job opportunities you’re looking for.
Then, tell them about your qualifications and experience. This should include your education and any voluntary work you’ve done. Finally, close your resume with your skills as well as any awards and honors you’ve received.
Making the recruitment process as simple as possible, and all the answers clear you'll be putting yourself in the pole position.
2. Choose a Website Builder and Create an Account
I used Wix to create my online resume website because it’s free and allows you to add as many elements as you’d like. That said, there are other tools available, some of which include WordPress, Weebly, and Squarespace, to name a few.
If you use a different builder for your resume website, the main principles of building will remain relatively similar, and this post will still be useful.
To create an account with Wix, simply navigate to the homepage and click on “Get Started”.
Then, allocate an email address and a password to your account. Alternatively, you can open an account with your Facebook or Google login credentials if you’d prefer.
Next, you’ll need to answer a few questions about the intention of your new website. This will allow Wix to help you find templates that are most relevant to your mission.
Finally, you’ll have the choice to choose your own template or use Wix ADI. Wix ADI is a tool that creates a website for you. But I suggest checking out Wix templates - as they include plenty of themes, useful for different types of resume websites.
3. Pick a Fitting Theme
Once you’ve created an account, it’s time to choose a template for your resume website. Luckily, Wix has a specific ‘Portfolio & CV’ section which gives you a choice of suitable templates. From there, simply click on the template you like.
I suggest you go for a minimalist theme. This is because you don’t want to draw attention away from your content with too many graphics. Hey, it's you who matters - not some designs or snazzy graphics!
4. Create One Page for Each Section of Your Resume
When you’ve chosen your template, you’ll be redirected to your website’s dashboard.
Here, you’ll get a ‘Welcome to Wix’ message with a video highlighting the various features available to you. Watch the video and then click on “Start Now”. You can also close this pop up by clicking on the X in the top right-hand corner of the message.
The next step is to familiarize yourself with your dashboard. Here, you’ll see all the elements of your website, including your menus and pages. Go ahead and click on the “Menus & Pages” button.I recommend you create an individual page for each section of your resume.
Aside from clearly defining the various elements of your CV, you’ll also have more opportunity to optimize your pages so that they rank higher on Google and other search engines.
To do this, click on “+ Add Page”. Then, give your page a name and click “Done”.
Following this, click on the button with three dots next to the page you want to edit. Then, click on “Settings”.
This will open a new set of tabs. These include “Page Info”, “Layouts”, “Permissions”, and “SEO & Social”. Navigate through each one and make any alterations you feel fit for your pages.
5. Start a Blog to Boost Your Google Rankings
Once you’ve created all of your pages, create a blog to grow your following and show that you have knowledge in your field. This will increase your credibility and show potential employers that you’re dedicated to your industry.
And hey, a good blog will help you rank higher on search engines. A good position on Google for something you're really good in can never a bad thing.
To create a Wix blog, click on the blog icon. This is the last one on your dashboard menu bar on the left-hand side of your screen. Next, click on the “+ Add Now” button.
Then, click on “Create a Post”.
Here, you’ll be able to add a catchy title as well as your content. You’ll also have the option to add images, videos, and hashtags wherever relevant. Once you’ve completed your post, click on the three horizontal dots followed by “Post Settings”.
This will take you to a menu where you’ll be able to change the general settings of the post. There you’ll be able to add the author name and a cover image.
This menu also has a “Categories” tab where you can choose one of the existing categories or create a new one relevant to your blog topic.
The final ‘SEO’ tab allows you to create a URL for your post. You can also add an SEO title as well as a post description, also known as a meta description. When you’re done adding all the final touches to your blog post, click “Save”. Alternatively, click on the three vertical dots followed by “Save & Publish” if you're ready for it to go live.
6. Make Sure Your Website Is Mobile-Friendly
The next step is to check that your website is mobile-friendly. After all, you want potential employers to be able to see your hard work even when on the go. To do this, navigate to your dashboard and click on the mobile icon at the top of the page.
From here, Wix will take you through the various steps you need to personalize your website’s mobile view. While you can skip this section, I highly recommend you click on “Let’s Go”. This option will run you through some design basics for the mobile version of your website.
Go through every step and customize your mobile site to suit your needs. When this stage is complete, you’ll end up on your mobile editor. Here you can edit your pages, change your mobile background, use mobile tools, add hidden elements, and optimize your page layout.
Additional Steps to Take When Creating a Resume Website
Before you can publish your new resume website, you have to assign a domain to it. I recommend you use your name followed by .com (e.g.www.yourname.com). To connect a domain to your website, follow these steps:
- Click on “Settings” at the top of your screen
- Select “Connect Domain”
- Click on “Buy a new domain” or you can connect one you bought elsewhere
- Search for your preferred domain
- Click on “Get It” next to the domain you want
- Upgrade to a paid plan to make your site live
If your domain name isn’t available, Wix will give you alternative options for you to choose from.
Have you created a website with your resume or portfolio? If so, tell me about some of the steps you took in the comments below.
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