In this day and age, it’s not just graphic designers and programmers who really benefit from having a simple online resume, it is anyone on a serious job-hunt. (Although, if you are a designer or programmer, you should really have one.)
1. It shows you go the extra mile
Potential Employers are definitely looking at all angles of you when you apply for a job. Having a personal website, however simple, is a sign that you take some pride in yourself and that you take things the extra mile. Anyone can type up a resume or fill out a form, but less have the skill and confidence to say “want to know more? You can check out my personal website.”
2. It helps you keep yourself organized
Just having a Microsoft Word file of your resume sitting in your Documents folder doesn’t provide a lot of motivation to keep that thing up to date. But if your resume is up on the web for the world to see, you are much more likely to keep things fresh and up-to-date. Plus, having your resume online can serve as a great personal reference for yourself. Any time you need to cough up that data, you are nothing but a copy and paste away at any computer.
3. It makes you more findable on the web
Maybe not if your name is James Smith, but if your name is in the least bit unique you should be able to make yourself pretty “googleable” pretty quickly. Just buying yourname.com and linking to it from a couple social networking sites and you should be #1 for your name in no time. This is extremely valuable. If someone takes the time to seek you out, it is important that they be able to find you.
4. You can put it on your business card
If you have a personal business card, the URL to your resume is a great thing to put on it. This gives the person you are giving it to an opportunity to do something passive to learn more about you. When they pull your card out of their wallet/purse, they might not be in the place or mood to give you a call, but they might be willing to check out your website. Right there you have won some of their mindshare and that is a valuable thing.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Even if your website is a flashy light-on-dark swirly web 2.0 grunge masterpiece, when it comes down to your actual resume page, you should keep it simple. The information on this page should be as absolutely readable and accessible as possible and that means dark-on-white and normal sized web text. This doesn’t mean it has to be lame. You can design a beautiful resume within these parameters, just keep the flash, images, and heavy-design off this page. One of the major reasons for this is for printing. Sure, you can create a specific print stylesheet, but people will feel a lot more comfortable print a page that looks like it will print well. Plus, you can put a “Print Page” button right at the top. Again with the mindshare.
FREE HTML TEMPLATE
You can “view source” and copy and paste the code directly from this example page. There are no images and all of the styling is done in the head section, so everything you need to get started is right there.