By: Kaitlyn Landram, Account Executive for PSU Dining
Job seeking is stressful to say the least. Perfecting your resume and cover letter may seem like enough but in the digital age having a personal website puts you ahead of the hundreds of others applying for the same job. Forbes reported that “56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website.” If those numbers aren’t enough to convince you to buy your own domain today, here are 3 reasons every wanna be communications pro should have their own personal website.
1. Display your creativity
If you want potential employers to see those articles you wrote for the campus paper or the graphic design work you put together for your organization there is no better place to keep all of your creative work than an online portfolio. You can store all of your work samples in one convenient place for recruiters to check out.
2. Increase your network
As we are the generation who grew up on social media it was implemented into our brains to keep our presence on these online websites clean and business ready. By having your own personal website you can push that domain to the top of search engines and impress recruiters with your presence online. Adding links to your LinkedIn, Twitter and e-mail address make it easier for people to contact you and help you land the job!
3. Present your Professionalism
By taking the extra step to design and create content for a personal website you are showing potential employers that you care and take your job search seriously. This online presence makes you stand out amongst piles of paper resumes.
So do you want to make a website? Wix, Weebly, SquareSpace and WordPress are all websites that help you create your own website. They have preloaded layouts and are user friendly so take an extra step and stand out to your next potential employer!