Imagine if there was a website that was dedicated to your career, your solutions, and all of the awesome things you can do really well. Kind of like a multimedia, interactive resume. If people liked what they saw, they could get in touch with you right away. You could put a link to that website on your LinkedIn profile, on your Facebook, on your Twitter, on your online job applications.
Would this change the way people see you? Would this change the way you see yourself. Would it improve your prospects for getting a job?
It just might.
Now imagine you are hiring manager who gets hundreds of job applications from people with traditional resumes. Then one applicants says, “Check out this link to the e-resume portfolio website that I built myself to show you why I’m the right person this job.” This could really set you apart from the other applicants. Especially if they like what they see when they arrive at your site.
If you’re thinking, “Portfolio sites are great for web designers and photographers. But I’m a ________.” You might be surprised to learn that lots of careers can benefit from portfolio sites. Especially careers that are web related or involve marketing, writing or any kind of community outreach.
It’s still rare for people to have a personal website. When you have one it says a lot about you.
Does this sound like you?
- You love your work and stay on top of current trends
- You love to network online and use social media
- You are not afraid of technology
- You posted your resume online and applied to some jobs, but you are having trouble getting interviews
If you said “Yes” to at least two of these questions then you might be ready to take the plunge and build yourself e-resume portfolio website.
The Quickest Way to Build Your Own e-Resume Portfolio Website
If you’ve never build a website before, WordPress.com is the place to go to set up a free blog portfolio website. You get a website, a domain and a large selection of website templates to choose from, all for free!
What an e-resume portfolio web says about you
Employers are always looking for “self-starters” who are willing to take the initiative to solve the problems and do whatever it takes to get the job done. This tends to be the kind of person who creates a personal website.
- It demonstrates that you are technically saavy. Recruiters, and people who are considering hiring you, see that you know your way around websites, social media and the Internet. If you’ve never built a website before, then creating one will enable you to add a whole new crop of skills to your repetoire. These skills increase your value to the people who hire you.
- It shows initiative. People can see that you are willing to do extra work on your own time to develop your expertise.
- It shows your sense of style. You can add personal touches to your website that show your sense of style – colours, photographs, tweets, fonts, writing style, stories, sense of humour.
- It shows your enthusiasm for your work. Just the fact that you took the time to make a personal website shows how much you love your work and that you are willing to learn and develop your skills.
- It shows your communication skills. When you describe your accomplishments and how you have used your skills on real projects, it proves to people that you can communicate what you know.
- It shows that you are a contributing member of a professional community who stays on top of the trends. If you write helpful and practical blog posts with information that is relevant to your field, people see that you are willing to contribute to your community. You are the kind of person that they want to work with.
- It sets you apart from the competition. Unless you’re a web designer or a photographer, it’s still fairly unusual for people to have a personal website.
- It shows your creativity. An e-resume is way more interesting to read than a traditional resume. Recruiters skim hundreds of resumes a week that look mostly the same. Imagine how refreshing it is to click through a link to someone’s personal portfolio website and see images and links to real examples of the person’s talents, work and skills.
- It builds trust. When people see your personal website, and examples of your real work, they feel like they know you. It proves that you know what you’re talking about and that you have the chops to do the job.
- It showcases your best work. It doesn’t have to be visual work. You can also use symbolic images and text to demonstrate your best qualities like organization, writing, problem solving, trouble-shooting, programming languages, bilingualism, or any professional skill. I’ll show you how.
If you have a e-resume portfolio website, let me know in the comments section below. I would love to check it out.
This article suggests that WordPress might serve as the easiest, most cost-effective, and time-efficient solution for creating an interactive e-resume/portfolio; however, I argue contrarily (i.e., based on extensive experience with the WordPress® Publishing Platforms, as well as on difficulties I presently face developing my own WordPress® interactive resume/portfolio website; etc.); that perhaps, WordPress® might not be all that it is herein lauded to be…
First off, while WordPress.com does offer a small number of free portfolio theme/templates, the only e-resume template offered, through Automattic, Inc., is a single Professional E-resume/Profile Template available at the unreasonably astronomical price of $175.00USD (single payment/annual subscription).
Moreover, this premium design e-resume template is considerably unimpressive, ineffective & flawed in numerous ways, relating to “the form/function, features and feel” of its design.
Sadly, however, no other possible alternative e-resume template solution exists for selection and use, via the WordPress.com FREE/Hosted Publishing Platform, at this time…
Pay-for-Services Solutions of considerable cost are alternately available through the self-hosted Premium Publishing Platform, operated as well by Automattic, Inc. — WordPress.org®…
Ultimately, this article should prove more significantly accurate, informative and useful were it to present a short, yet highly selective, representative list of multiple premier/top solutions for interactive/digital e-resume; portfolio design and publishing, that are currently available at minimal cost, via the web…
At least, based upon the sum total of my own personal opinions, perspective, and experience, as I myself work to develop a cost-manageable e-resume/portfolio solution; etc…
Thank you for your time, attention, and courteous considerations.
I sincerely hope that my remarks prove insightful and useful for interested readers, as well as for the author of this article, herself.
Thanks for your thoughtful and researched response to my post. It’s great to have another perspective from someone who’s spent so much time exploring options.
I sincerely wish you the very best with your project to develop a better alternative. Please keep me posted on your progress!
I agree with you that WordPress is not an easy solution for everyone. You have to be quite technical to fully take advantage of it.
All the best!