Create Your Own Online Portfolio
In today’s world, every company has its own website that provides easy access to important information regarding the company. As students, we have a lot to share with the world, whether it be our educational achievements, work experience, or personal interests. Why not create a website to showcase it all? Since it’s important to keep resumes short and sweet, it’s often impossible to share all of your achievements and accolades with potential employers. Therefore, a personal website is a great way to provide potential employers with the opportunity to learn more about you! Before the Summer ends, take some time to make your own personal website, and you’re bound to impress employers! Below are several tips on how to create a great personal website:
1. A Registered Domain Name: Best Money You’ll Ever Spend!
Having an official domain name may cost you, but it’s well worth it. A registered domain name will give your website a professional appeal, and it will look great printed on your resume and business cards. Domain names are easy to obtain online through companies like GoDaddy, which offers domain registration for as little as $4.99 a year!
2. No Need to Be a Web Designer!
Have no fear! Today, anyone can make a website! There are many web hosting services available that make it easy to create a professional website without the rigors of website coding. A few examples are Webs, Weebly, and Yola, which offer free websites, design tools, templates, and the option to upgrade to an official domain. Tumblr is another great and affordable option. With a variety of design layouts and the option to use a custom domain, Tumblr is a fun and hip way to create a presence on the web.
3. Keep It Simple, Organized, and Functional!
It’s so important to keep your website streamlined and easy to navigate. No one wants to spend hours trying to find the right web page, especially potential employers. Divide your website into user-friendly categories like education, campus involvement, and work experience. Since you have more space than on your resume, you can provide more detailed information about yourself, your activities, and your job history. Just make sure to proof-read everything! You can make your website even better by providing a printable version of your resume. Upload your resume to a document hosting service like Dropbox, and create a link to it on your website. Now employers can access your current resume anytime! You can also do the same thing with your graphic design work, writing pieces, and more!
4. Keep Everything Up-To-Date!
Nothing is worse than an outdated website. Your personal website is your presence on the web, and to keep it professional, you’ll have to make a constant effort to keep information up-to-date and ensure the website is functional. When you get a new job or take on a new activity, make sure to add it to your website. Likewise, update your site when you leave a job or have just wrapped up an internship. Also, make a habit out of checking your site to ensure that all of the links and pages load properly. Unfortunately, random website errors occur all of the time. Another great way to keep your site current is by featuring a daily blog that you can use to share updates about your activities, work experience, and lessons you’ve learned along the way!
5. Contact Information & Networking
A web-site must have is a basic biography and contact information. Include a short and sweet biography about yourself and your site, and display your contact information in an easy and obvious location. You can create a contact form, or you can create a simple link to your e-mail address! Make sure to include a current and professional e-mail address
(i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org), not your old e-mail from middle school! It’s also important to include an alternate e-mail if you’re using your school e-mail as your primary e-mail address, because many university e-mail accounts expire after you graduate! Finally, add networking icons from professional networking sites like LinkedIn, allowing you to create lasting connections with other professionals! Most sites have pre-made web badges and icons available for free use.
These tips will help you create a professional and functional site that will advance you as a business professional! If you’d like to see an example of a personal site, check out my site: www.biancaortega.com! Feel free to comment with any questions!