Graduation was a couple months ago. Since then you have been enjoying the summer off. But the inevitable is ahead. Getting a job to put that fresh education to work! This is the time of year I see an influx in the creation of resume websites for those entering the workforce.
Or maybe you are currently employed but are looking for brighter horizons and an effective way to market yourself. Nothing like promoting yourself with your own website that will impress recruiters and potential employers!
Setting Up a Resume Website is Easy with WordPress
First things first, register your name as a domain name to use for your new site — johnasmith.com, janebjones.com. I use GoDaddy as my domain registrar. You don’t need to have a dot com — although that’s best. .info, .net, .me, .org will work. Yes, there are tons of top level domain extensions to choose from but they may not be as intuitively memorable. I always try to get a dot com if possible as that is what most onliners default to.
Then, with a managed WordPress hosting account and a WordPress install, all you need is a great looking WordPress Resume or CV theme. You upload the required graphics and then carefully craft the content that lets employers know you are THE one they want to hire. It really is as simple as that!
There are quite a few Resume/CV WordPress themes to choose from. Today I am sharing with you the three that caught my attention, are responsive, tested up to the latest version of WordPress and have stellar reviews.
I love the cutting edge slick feel — while being uber simple to navigate. Iam is designed to showcase your personal experience and portfolio in the epitome of professional style. This theme has some unique layouts I’ve not see on other themes. For example the about page has a characteristics and hobby and interest area you can configure. The resume timeline and skill percentages graphics stand out too. Extra features such as pricing tables, skills, timeline, interest boxes are also included.
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This theme is fun! Totally tailored to creating a comprehensive online resume. 15 unique sections you can customize to showcase your experience and skill set. Fonts and icons galore with 10 color schemes to choose from too. This theme takes a mobile first approach being responsive, speedy and retina ready.
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For those of you who want that contemporary modern look and feel — Angels is the theme for you. Userfriendly control panel, Google Fonts, Font awesome and icon support — and video support. Experience, skills and education sections as well as others that can be toggled on and off depending on the info you want to provide. Perfect for vCard and resume websites but a cool site for agencies, freelancers or just a personal site too.
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Okay, so now you’ve got your domain, hosting, WordPress and theme installed. Here are some tips to help you with your content!
Website Resume Tips
- While online is all about showing your personality, don’t go overboard. Your resume site is conducive to an online job interview. You can be professional and still reflect your unique personality and style.
- Spellcheck and proofread. Twice. Then read your content out loud to make sure your tone is correct.
- Include all your contact information so those who view your site can reach out easily. Form, phone and address. Don’t want to display your home address? P.O. boxes are inexpensive. If you want to display your email address do so like this: hello at yourdomain.com (not clickable). This prevents spam bots from harvesting your email. It is also a good idea to have an email address just for your resume site — [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] This way you are not exposing your primary address. (Never use [email protected] — that is an address spammers assume exists and send to without having to be harvested.)
- Include a quality photo of yourself.
- Make sure every graphic is representative of the person you are and the type of employee you will be.
- Include some personal information on what is important to you, hobbies and your passions. Just enough to humanize and show your priorities in life. Do not over share.
- Include the opportunity to download a PDF of your resume.
- Refrain from fancy fonts and multiple font colors. Two fonts max.
- Make sure your font size is not too small.
- View your site on mobile to make sure everything lays out as you desire.
All that’s left is to get some business cards (I use VistaPrint) with your website address and get out there and sell yourself! To your success!
At your service,
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