Friday, 23 December 2011

Resume Website: Sections

We explained the importance of a resume website in previous articles. We gave guidelines for creating one too. Now, have a look at the different sections that should be included in the website. The purpose of having a personalized website is to provide your professional information to general public and the potential recruiters as part of brand development. Hence, make sure the information presented in the resume website is relevant to your career and future prospects.    
Sections of a Resume Website

Home: Write a brief introduction of the resume website. Present an overview of the details the visitors will get to see on the site. Make sure you greet and welcome your visitors at first.

About: Introduce yourself to the visitors. You can mention your key qualifications, qualities and skills as an introduction. Also, mention your hobbies and ambitions.    
Resume: Present your resume here. Concentrate mainly on your experiences and key skills as that is the main objective of launching your personal website.  

Portfolio: You can present samples of your work in this section. Portfolio can include designs, write-ups, websites, etc as relevant to your work. It gives the recruiter a general idea about you work.    

Achievements: Mention your awards and achievements here. Emphasize on the work performed and how it was better than the competitors. This is sure to catch the recruiter's attention.

Personal Details: You can put details of your personal life. Mention you family background, hobbies, extracurricular activities. Refrain from including too many personal details. 

Contact Us: Make columns to write contact details of people who wish to get in contact with you. You can ask them to leave their name, contact number and email id so that you can get in touch with them.   

There are no stringent rules about designing your site. You can add many sections to the website as per your choice. But make sure the extravagant appeal of the website does not defeat its purpose. Maintain a crisp and professional appeal to the resume website to ensure a wider audience.   

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

How to make a Personalized Resume Website?

Making a personalized resume website sounds like a big deal at first. However, once you take up the task and understand the nuances of it, you will begin to enjoy your work and take pride in what you have made. To help you in this task of building a website, dedicated towards your professional life, we have provided here a few guidelines.

Get a domain name – Choose a domain that represents you to the world. Preferably, it should include your name. You can add hyphens, dots or initials to your name. It is advisable to opt for a ' .com' domain.

Design the template – Design an attractive yet professional template for your website. Refrain from using harsh colors and decorations. Keep the format simple to allow users to navigate through the website and gather relevant information.

Make sections – Divide the website content into sections. Avoid making the website cluttered. Introduce different segments in the website.  Dedicate different segments for personal and professional information.       

Maintain sufficient content – Ensure each page in every section has sufficient information. It may disappoint the reader to find sparse information. Club two sections together in case you feel you do not have much to write about.    

Ensure Security - Make certain you do not reveal any private information that can put you in trouble. Do not give passwords, information about the security questions or any information that will invite hacking. 

Track Visitors – Design the settings to track the visitors who searched for information about you and went through your website. This will help you get a strong idea about your audiences.

Updating the website – Your work does not get over by hosting the site and uploading the content. It is important to update information on the site with time. It assures the reader about the authenticity of the information provided on the site.

These tips will work as a quick start while launching your personalized resume website. There are various things one can do to improve the appearance and reach of the website, after the website is launched. We will keep posting about the same in the future.  Till then, use these tips and launch your very own resume website.    

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Need for a Personalized Resume Website

Paper resumes!! Online resume posts!! And now Personalized Resume Websites!!

The world is changing fast and you have to change with it. The means and manners of job search have gone through tremendous changes over the years. The need to stay ahead of competition and to earn opportunities has made it vital for the job seekers to reach out to the recruiters promptly and effectively. As discussed earlier, resume website plays a key role in helping you draft an impressive resume. But how about having a website or a blog of you own? How about a platform that reflects your personality and puts forth your opinions?

Brand development is the new mantra for job search. Brand development is not only about products, services and organizations anymore. It is about individuals too. Connecting with the general audiences by way of websites, blogs and social networking is important. It helps to make a nobody into somebody. Every individual starts his blog/website and expresses his views about a topic. It could be your opinion about every day affairs, about your personal life, something philosophical or some research analysis related to your area of expertise. One can even express details about their new hobby and how they are faring in it. Writing blogs as way of expressing your thoughts, talent, ideas and knowledge is referred to as brand development.
Whenever any recruiter scans your resume, he is interested in finding more information about you. He searches for information regarding your work experience, personality, interests, etc to judge the personality of the candidate and his suitability towards the organization. As is the norm, the recruiter researches on the search engines and finds out more about the social and corporate life of the candidate. Instead of giving others a chance for speaking about you and forming an opinion, why not do it yourself? This is where the websites and blogs come in to the picture.  

A personalized resume website gives a sneak peek into the thoughts of the candidate and acts as a medium of expression. Website is a good opportunity to present your knowledge, skills and research abilities to larger audiences. Recruiters get an idea about the candidate's abilities and the potential to bring laurels for the organization. It is obvious that such a candidate will get a preference over other applicants on the way to achieve the job.
So, gear up for the task and plan the strategies to develop your personalized resume website.  

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Introduction to Resume Website


Most of us belong to the Google and Wikipedia generation. We approach the internet for any reason or purpose. In this scenario, can we leave the internet behind while taking the most prominent step of our careers? I am referring to the primary step of job search – resume writing.
While searching for tips and formats for drafting a resume, we come across several resume websites. These resume websites are launched with the aim of assisting the job seekers draft an impressive resume. Following this endeavor, websites offer assistance on all aspects of resume writing. They help you craft a remarkable template for the resume, present information in concise language and maintain a professional approach towards the job search.  Additionally, websites acquaint job seekers on the several resume writing formats that one can adopt, suitable to their career profile.
I believe referring to a resume website proves beneficial for all job seekers. Let’s face the real situation!! There is a good possibility that your resume and cover letter gets ignored by the recruiter owing to its monotonous presentation or irrelevant contents. It is important that your resume stands out from the hundreds of resume that the recruiter scans every day. Give a unique identity to the resume, adopt an impressive format, personalize it and add buzzwords within the resume to ensure it reaches to the top of the stack of resumes.
To avail the benefits of a resume website, it is important to choose the website and the resume that suits your requirements the best. And how do you do that? It is simple. Research for different resume websites and study its contents. Select a website that provides assistance on resumes as well as cover letters. This is vital as your application would be incomplete with both the documents. Search for websites that offer resume building services where a resume template is customized as per your career profile. Most important factor to check is the presence of information relating to your domain and profile. Otherwise in spite of finding a good website it will not be of any use for you.
We plan to provide further details to job seekers on writing a resume, choosing the right websites and planning their job search. So keep checking for our next post !