4 Reasons Why You Need A Personal Website

Oct 30, 2015

4 Reasons Why You Need A Personal Website

October 30, 2015
Job Searching, Jobs, Web Presence

Creating a website used to be a feared task.  Something you would put off unless absolutely necessary.  Well guess what, it should now be a the top of your list!  Good news is, it’s no longer something to dread.  In fact, creating a personal website can be done in a matter of minutes with no website or IT knowledge required.

So it’s easy, but you didn’t explain why it should be at the top of my list?

Sorry, getting to that next!

We live in an age of technology.  Everything can be found using a “search”.  It shouldn’t be a surprise that 90% of first impressions are now made online.  More than likely, before you’ve even met a possible employer or client, they already have a good background on you.  What is your background saying?  What is your online presence telling people?  In an age of social media and electronic records, wouldn’t it be nice to control your online presence?  Which brings us to point one:

1. Control Your Online Presence

In the age of social media and online records, what is your online presence telling possible employers or potential clients?  Some would argue that the lack of an online presence is even worse than a bad one.  What about a third option?  That’s where a personal resume and/or portfolio website can come into play.  Be the editor of your online online presence and control your image on the internet.  Add your resume, add your portfolio, share new certifications, and write exciting blog posts.  All of these features will be standard on most personal website builders.

2. Control Your Branding

Let people visualize you!  Unlike the boring, uniform portfolios of LinkedIn, a personal website allows your true personality and brand to shine through.  Add your custom background image, set your color scheme, write exciting blog posts about your personal life or career endeavors.  A personal website allows you to showcase your own branding without being another name on a social network.

3. Your Portfolio Can Shine

There’s nothing more satisfying to a potential employer or client then a great portfolio.  Luckily for you, a personal website is your instant portfolio!  Share your past work, add videos, add documents for employers to download and so much more.  Non-creative professions might look at a portfolio as something not necessary to their career.  However, this should not be the case.  Accountants, writers, magicians, everybody can create a portfolio whether it is graphs, writing samples, or YouTube videos.  A portfolio is applicable to almost every job profession in some way, shape, or form.

4. You Point Recruiters In The Right Direction

Over 70% of recruiters admit to doing an online search of a potential candidate prior to inviting them in for an interview.  Recruiters also state that a personal website is the #1 most impressive tool an applicant can have.  With so many first impressions happening online, a personal website can act as a landing hub to drive recruiters in the right direction.  Do they want to find your LinkedIn profile?  Direct them there!  Do they want to find your YouTube channel?  Direct them there!  Do they want to find your published book?  Direct them there!  A personal website is a recruiters hub to the rest (and best) of you!  Make sure they’re able to find all the information.

How To Get Started

Convinced?  Two Way Resume is an awesome platform to build your personal website.  Our platform offers all of the great features listed above and much, much more.  Using the Two Way Resume personal website builder takes minutes to setup and you can even import your experience directly from LinkedIn.  To get started with Two Way Resume, you should make sure you have the following information readily available and able to insert into your personal website:

•    A profile picture / headshot.  Something that captures who you are.
•    A mission statement or personal summary of your experience.  Give visitors a quick introduction to who you are.
•    Links to your social media channels and contact information: phone, email, etc..
•    Hopefully a few portfolio items.  These can always be added as you go.  A great personal website is one you update from time to time.

That’s all you need!  Equipped with Two Way Resume and the above information, you should be up and running with your own personal website in a matter of minutes.

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Did you know? 90% of first impressions are now made online!

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