Resumes. The word strikes fear and trembling in all college students alike. Do I have enough experience? Do I qualify? Can this potential employer truly get to know me based on a single black and white piece of paper? Do I stand out from other students applying to this grad school with just this? These were questions I asked myself when I was applying to graduate programs in the winter. A school sponsored workshop quelled those fears with a novel idea: resume websites.

Not everyone is as tech savvy as they would like to be and hearing the idea of building a website can be daunting. But not to fear! Here are some easy steps to make a resume website that helps you rise above the general applicant pool.

 

1. Choose a website builder

 

The first step in making a resume website is choosing a website builder to make it through. Luckily, there are a number of free ones that you can use. Wix, WordPress, Weebly, Doodlekit and Site123 are just a few. Try one out and see if you like the user interface provided. When I made mine, I chose to use Wix.

 

2. Choose a connecting theme

 

Now that you have chosen a website builder, it’s time to choose a theme! This can be centered around a skill you want to display or around something unique that applies directly to the job or program you are applying for. This is an opportunity to show how creative you can be while still remaining professional. A connecting theme could be photography, post-it-notes, or even footprints. All website builders have themes that you can choose from if you can’t think of anything or if you need some inspiration. If you decide to choose an already made theme on the website, try not to make it look too busy. You do not want to scare potential employers. Opt for something clean versus your first Myspace page.

 

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3. Display the skills and experiences geared towards the program or job you are applying for

 

This is where you can expand on those power sentences you placed in your resume. Make a page for skills that you have, or expand on an experience that qualifies you for a position. You could even explain what got you interested in the job or field and why you want to pursue it. Find ways to insert your personality and passions here.

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4. Upload any relevant documents

 

References, resume, past work, thesis, etc. are all examples of relevant documents that you may want to upload to be viewed. These are typically documents that can’t be attached to a resume.

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5.  Share the link on your resume or application

This is the most important step! You can either insert a link to your finished website on your physical resume or on your application. Some applications may have a designated spot to insert a personal website. If your application doesn’t have this, insert your link in the additional information section if possible.

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Ultimately the goal of a resume website is the same as a resume, to get you an interview.  A resume website alongside a resume can do that. It shows that you are a well-rounded individual who deserves that interview and helps you stand out from the rest.

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