Ever thought about creating your own website?
If not, now is the time to start thinking about making one. While websites are often used by businesses, many job hunters tend to overlook the virtues of using a website as their online CV and/or portfolio to showcase your skills. Here are four reasons to create your own website:
Websites and the CV/Resume
– A website is basically your personal domain, and allows you to create the ideal design for your CV/Resume. Whether you use existing website templates or dabble in coding yourself, there are plenty of more interactive layout options than in a simple document. Format, length and other limitations will be of no concern once you have your domain, so be creative and explore the various design possibilities!
Improved page ranking on Google
– By applying the right SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tools and strategies, you can make your personal brand more available in terms of Google page ranking. For example, using SEO’s keyword option will allow you to filter the information that comes up when people search for content similar to your website, thus increasing the chances that they find you rather than someone else.
– Blog posts and websites go hand-in-hand rather well. Through blog posts you can directly express your passions and interests, whilst demonstrating your writing skills. In addition, blog posts also strengthen search optimization strategies. The more content published on your website, the better the chance that the right people will find you on the web. Definitely a win-win situation!
Showcasing your portfolio
– It does not matter in what you excel, be it in making videos, photography or cooking, a website allows you to share your portfolio with the rest of the world. For example, a creative web design emphasizes your design skills, whereas an online photo gallery of the dishes you make, gives the audience a visual taste of your cooking and/or photography skills.
In short, a website allows for a more visual and easy to grasp presentation of yourself and your skills, and has the advantage of incorporating your blog posts. Additionally, by providing links to other social media platforms, the benefits of social media as mentioned in Personal Branding II, gives you more control of the information flow, but also provides more possibility to effectively market yourself.
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