“An online resume?” you ask.
“Why, yes,” I answer.
“Sounds complicated, I don’t know… I already have a LinkedIn profile,” you reply.
“Pff! Lost in a crowd among everybody and their brother buying a mega-million lottery ticket!” I jest. There are 250 million people on LinkedIn. How are you going to stand out against them all?
WHY CREATE AN ONLINE RESUME WITH WORDPRESS?
- They’re easy (enough);
- It’s free (unless you buy your own dot com);
- It’s quick (especially if your current resume is up to date);
- You get to set the tone and really stand out with your own personal branding, and design. A PDF of your resume can’t do that, neither can LinkedIn!
- The ultimate goal is to have something out-of-this-world looking like Philippe Dubost‘s page. But we’ll start simple with baby steps.
WHERE TO START?
The first step is to create a WordPress.com account. Before I dive into the topic of online resumes, I want to let you in on a little secret I’ve learned the hard way:
Yes, you can do the same general thing with other free online blogging services, but as far as I know, only WordPress allows you to choose what to have as your home page. The other sites I’ve played with, and spent numerous endless hours obsessing over is the fact that all the other services (shame on you Blogger) do not allow you to select a static homepage.
“What’s the difference?” you ask.
“Select your ABOUT ME as homepage. It’s the killer page, the hook – line – and sinker page. Save the blog posts for your work history, it’s really sweet for that!” I answer. Now, enough with the chit-chat, let’s dive into how you can be up and running in less than an hour!
- Determine a name for your new site. You have two options: www.yourname.com or something catchy and uniquely you.
- Open your resume in Word, or any text editor. Don’t worry about the formatting, what you want is the content to copy-paste into WordPress.
- Start with your OLDEST job position. WordPress publishes in order in which each post has been entered. Follow your history, and you won’t need to come back and change things around. Again, this is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way.
- Use the title of your position as the title of your post. In the body content portion, the first line can be a bold sub-header for the name of the company where you worked. Keep it transparent, and insert a hyperlink to the company’s website. The second line can be dates. Next in the post will be your duties/accomplishments in bullet points.
- This step (don’t ask me why, but it reminds me of the paper fortune teller game we used to play as kids). I recommend you use the tags and categories to organize each and every single one of your previous positions. Use the tags for specific skills applicable to each position, and the categories for the field of work (i.e. construction, service, management, hospitality, etc.)
- Create an ABOUT ME page, and make it your home page. Go to your dashboard, click on SETTINGS, then on READING and click on a static page. (See image above)
- Feeling even more creative? Upload a 1-2 minute video to YouTube answering the famous interview question “Tell us about yourself” and embed it on this page. This will give recruiters an inside look into your personal style.
- Education: degrees, courses, honorable mentions
- Volunteer & Community Contributions
- Achievements: wow them with how super special you are
- References: scan letters of recommendation and insert quotes from previous employers
- Contact Information
Once you finish creating your online resume, don’t forget to promote it. To start, add it into the contact section of your resume and refer to it in your cover letter. You can also place it in your email signature and add it to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other online profiles.
Do you already have an online resume? Please share your link in the comments, I’d love to see it!
About the Author
Marie Lapointe is an ex race car mechanic who now lives and travels on a boat. This quirky writer dreams of running away with the circus and has been writing since 2004 on my cyber house rules.