Let’s face it: first impressions count. And in this digital age, most professional first impressions happen online. By creating a resume website, you can establish your online presence in a way that fits with your personal brand and professional goals.
A resume website is one way to showcase your experience and interests and can help future collaborators and employers understand the unique value you can bring to a project. The process of distilling your resume or CV into a custom website may even lead you towards a new career path.
Step 1: Choose a template for your resume website
Squarespace offers a variety of customizable templates that provide the perfect starting point for a personal website. After previewing examples, choose a template and begin selecting the layout and design elements that speak to your style. Be sure to add visual elements and key messages that will catch visitors' attention and reinforce your goals. Experiment with curated site styles like custom font packs and color palettes or customize your own. You can use the built-in photo editor to crop photos or source free high quality stock images through our integration with Unsplash to add relevant visual elements to your site.
Step 2: Craft your pitch
Once you have a design framework, it’s time to start telling your story. Make your homepage concise and easy to digest while also giving people the opportunity to learn more through examples. Try outlining the ideas that demonstrate your expertise before adding them to your website. Show your experience by highlighting how you have applied your skills to different problems or industries. Make sure you mention a speciality or passion so potential employers or collaborators can see what type of work excites you and where you excel. Consider including your hobbies and side projects as they may relate to your core skill set and ambitions.
Step 3: Lead visitors to learn more and get in touch
Make your personal site easy to navigate by focusing on what’s most important to visitors—learning about you and getting in touch. You might decide to keep your pitch and work examples on one page or add a Portfolio page to showcase your projects. Encourage potential clients and employers to contact you by creating a contact page or just a section on your homepage. Consider connecting and displaying LinkedIn or your social media accounts if they are relevant. You may also choose to add a downloadable PDF of your resume or CV. Embedded PDFs aren't indexable by search engines, but including one makes it easy for visitors to download and print a hard copy if you’d like them to be able to do so. Take a moment to review our SEO checklist for more best practices.
Step 4: Register a Domain
It’s vital to add a custom domain to your personal website. If you already have a domain, you can transfer it to your Squarespace site or you can register a new domain through Squarespace. Either way, be sure to use a domain that includes your full name or your business name. Consider using a domain that ends in .me, .work, .bio, .info, .studio, or .online for your personal website. Read more about domain name considerations in this blog post.
Step 5: Share with Your Network
Once you have your personal website updated with all the relevant information, it’s time to go live. Share your new site with your network so they understand your experience and what kind of professional project or role you're looking for next. When they hear of a relevant opportunity you’ll be top of mind, and your site will be easy for them to share. Consider creating social posts that announce your new website and add it to your email footer. This way you’ll make sure that you’re expanding your potential reach to everyone who already knows you or follows you online. If you’re looking to build your brand on social media, be sure to check out this blog post.