5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Resume Website
1. Make Strong and Unique First Impressions
Practically everyone on the hunt for a job has paper and/or PDF resumes at the ready for their potential employers to see. When everyone’s resumes cover the same topics and look similar if not practically the same, how can you stand out from your competitors? The answer lies in having a unique standout resume, such as one that takes the form of a website. When your website acts as your introduction statement, sales pitch, and demonstration of competence, rather than just a one or double-sided piece of paper or PDF, you immediately make a stronger and more memorable impression on potential employers and interested parties.
For example, a hiring manager may be looking through hundreds of job applicants who’ve all submitted typical PDF resumes. After looking at countless resumes, the sights of a typical resume start to blend together in his mind from all of them looking and being formatted so similarly, making it difficult for any of the candidates to really stand out and define themselves. When he reaches your resume which links him to your resume site, however, his interest is immediately piqued by your more standout and unique approach to demonstrating your competence for a job, and after browsing your well-constructed resume site, he’s impressed by your work and adds you to the list of applicants who will receive replies inviting them to an interview for the position. With a resume site, you can stand out from the competition by having a bigger and more memorable canvas upon which you demonstrate your abilities and fitness in your industry or field of work. 44% of hiring managers want to see how creative and unique a candidate can be. This only makes it more important for you to have a resume website that sets you apart from your competition and proves your competence and creative originality to those who view it.
How can you link your employer to your website so that they can see your resume site? I’d suggest you prepare and submit a well-done standard paper/PDF resume as usual, since that’s what a lot of employers expect from job applicants, then include a link/URL to your resume site at the bottom of the resume, not in an overbearingly large font size but not in a small easy-to-miss font size either. Additionally, include your website link on your LinkedIn bio, so that anyone interested in your LinkedIn will also be able to find your resume site. This is so that its readers can know there’s more to you than just the typical resume they’re reading now, and those that have the interest and initiative to take a look at your site won’t be disappointed by what you’ve built for them to see.
2. Sharing and Usage Efficiency
3. Easily Update and Manage Resume Content
4. Convenient Access and Saving
With typical paper/PDF resumes, chances are that accessing them quickly might take you a brief period of time, or might take a few more quick but cumbersome steps. No matter if your resume is hosted in a cloud storage system like Google Drive, or if it’s a file you need to dig through your computer files looking for, access to your resume might not come as quickly and easily as some potential employers of yours would like it to. With a resume site, this medium of hosting your resume can be accessed in as little time as it takes to type in a URL. Having a resume site makes your content-packed resume available anytime, anywhere as long as someone has an internet connection, which grows increasingly more widespread and affordable around the world every day. You won’t need to worry about getting access into your cloud storage account, or digging through your files, to be able to send a resume to people like recruiters and hirers at a moment’s notice.
For example, let’s say a potential employer finds your profile on somewhere like LinkedIn and wants to learn more about you, but is in a different timezone from you and thus you aren’t immediately available to respond to their inquiry message that they’ve sent to you. They could almost immediately find your resume site that’s linked on the platform they found you on and proceed to learn all they could want to know about you from there, which is undoubtedly more impressive of an introduction about you as a potential hire than a typical PDF resume is. There’s no need for you to do much with helping or allowing these potential employers to access your resume site: simply leave the link to your site in a visible place and it should be openly visible to those who click or enter the link.