How to Build a Personal Website That Can Boost your Chances of Landing a Job

How to Build a Personal Website That Can Boost your Chances of Landing a JobOne of the primary things hiring managers look at when screening candidates for a job post is the resume. But now that times are changing and a lot of things in our lives have pivoted to relying on technology, specifically the internet, the process by which companies hire employees has also changed. Nowadays, it isn’t enough that they refer to the resume to learn about the candidate’s background. They look at social media profiles, too, and a personal website if that is available.

 

Indeed, your personal website can help boost your chances of landing a job because it provides you the venue to talk more about your relevant skills, experiences and training - things which you can’t freely elaborate in a resume.

So how do you create a website that will increase your chances of landing your dream job?

Give a glimpse of your personality
One of the most important features of your website is your personal tone and this is where your personality comes in. Don’t hesitate to inject the right amount of personality into your page because you want to give potential employers a glimpse of who you are. You want to captivate them and make them get to know you a bit more while maintaining a certain level of professionalism. Talk about what you’re passionate about, the things that inspire you and your passion, and personal stuff that relate to your career search.

Make sure it’s aligned with your potential employment
While you’re incorporating a bit of personality into your site, make sure you don’t forget to keep things aligned with your job search goals. Remember, your website is here to help you make the right professional impression and should, therefore, support your career hunt. You may mention something related to your hobbies but make sure it’s not about home cooking or baking or anything that isn’t relevant in finding a job. Tell something about the best book you’ve read or a favorite author and share how this has inspired you to pursue your career.

Include key information
Because you want your website to help boost your chances of landing your dream job, be sure to include key information. Include a professional summary that contains relevant information on your job experience, skills, among others. Also, don’t forget to include your contact information.

Don’t forget to include results
As you share some details about your past roles and experiences, it’s even better to cite results or how much impact you’ve made in your previous organization. Mention figures if you can and showcase your work, contribution and progress.

Keep your site updated
Keeping your site update is a habit you need to do regularly especially when you’re using it for your job search. It doesn’t have to be tedious if you have already built it according to your job hunting goals. Just add something if there's new information to be added or do a bit of tweaking if you need it aligned with a new role you’re applying for.

Building and working on a personal website can help increase your chances of landing your job dream job. It can help set you apart from the rest of the candidates because you’re showcasing both your personality and your work and create the right impression virtually. Follow these helpful tips for building a personal brand and optimizing your website for your career hunt!

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.