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Are you a recent graduate looking for a job? Maybe you’re a stay-at-home mother looking to restart your career or a consultant looking to enter a new field. In any case, impress hiring managers with the skills you have by creating a personal website. In this blog post, we’ll go through the ten most important elements to include on your site and which tools to use when designing your site.

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You might be asking yourself, “Why do I need a personal website when I can use social networking sites to display my work experience?” Utilizing a social site like LinkedIn is definitely helpful. However, setting yourself apart from other applicants is also important. Showing hiring managers and recruiters that you took the time to create, design (and perhaps even code, if you’re ambitious enough!) a website gives you an advantage.  Also, owning your own website with your name (provided that it’s available) in the domain gives you a great shot at showing up in search results.

Here are the ten elements to include:

1. A Professional Headline
Get creative with your headline. If you’re a culinary wizard or hacking ninja, proudly display it after your name.

2. A Brief Bio
Don’t narrate your life story. Keep this section short and sweet and include anything you couldn’t include in your resume or cover letter. Some examples could be your interests, hobbies, awards, and accomplishments.

This is also a great place to include a professional photo.

3. Your Resume

If for some reason a potential employer was only provided with your website URL, it’s a good idea to give them access to your resume on your website. Keep it on a separate page and link to it on your homepage.

4. Samples of Your Work
Your website is like a virtual portfolio where you showcase examples of your work. Keep any photographs professional and display your work neatly with labels or short descriptions.

5. Results
What kind of success measures can you add here? Share any quantifiable results from past jobs. Say you brought in a major client  or you were able to sell x amount of products – highlight these successes in the results section.

6. Volunteer Work
Include any volunteer work you’ve done in the past. Volunteering can help you stand out to hiring managers and also helps you explore careers in a variety of fields while doing good in the world!

7. A Blog
Blogging is a powerful tool, especially if you’re a talented writer. Show off your writing skills through blogging about your hobbies, interests, or professional subjects.

8. Videos and Other Relevant Material
Include webinars, short tutorials, or any short videos where you present information to your viewers. The content can be about you or related to the field you’re interested in.

9. Testimonials
Quote professors, former co-workers, and bosses, or clients in this section. It’s acceptable to use the same quotes you used on your LinkedIn page.

10. Social Media

Link your professional social networking pages to your website. Linkedin, Twitter, and even your Pinterest page are great ways to show prospective employers what your professional and personal interests are.

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We hope you find these tips useful when starting your job search!

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