Creating your own CV website

If  you are job hunting and have a portfolio of work you need prospective employers to see, then you should consider creating your own website.

You can use a website to demonstrate your talents much better than a plain CV. You can include examples of your work and testimonials from clients or previous employers.

This approach is ideal for the following creative professions and in many cases a website is expected from you:

  • Graphic designers
  • Website developers
  • Designers (Interior, Fashion etc)
  • Actors
  • Artists and photographers
  • Models
  • Anyone planning to go freelance in any field

One of the advantages of this approach is that you can circulate the link to your site on the internet – through jobs noticeboards, social networking and emails.

Other advantages include:

  • You can include all aspects of your work using photos, sound and video to demonstrate your creativity
  • You don’t have to carry a portfolio of your work around with you
  • You can include the website link on your business cards at networking events
  • You can drive traffic to your website to save you some footwork in approaching prospective employers
  • Other people may see your website and recommend you to a friend/colleague

There are some things you need to consider though:

  • To do a good job, and unless you are a web designer yourself, you will need to pay a professional to create the website for you. Prices can range enormously so make sure you have the budget!
  • Creating a website is not a five minute job and takes planning, testing and maintenance.  It can take many weeks to establish depending on the complexity of the site
  • You will need to ensure the content is up to date and fresh
  • You will need to include a link to your traditional format CV so will need to ensure that  too looks professional
  • Make sure that the website is clear and easy to read and has no errors, dud links or spelling mistakes
  • You will need to choose domain name that is available and will have to pay a fee to register it. You can find domain name checkers on the internet

Your site should include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your credentials (qualifications and skills)
  • What it is you do – sell yourself! Don’t just expect your work to speak for itself.
  • Examples of your work and projects you have worked on
  • Testimonials from satisfield employers/clients
  • How to contact you (very important!)

As with your traditional CV, do NOT include any information that could potentially be used by criminals for fraudulent purposes!

Click here to see the Personal Marketing blog entry on what personal information NOT to include on your CV website.


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