Enhance Your Job Search With a Resume/CV Website

In the modern job search, many candidates benefit from a custom resume/CV website to serve as their online resume in addition to their LinkedIn profile. This is especially beneficial for private service professionals, who can display their many talents with pictures and video, not just words.

In fact, if you have to search for a job in a cool market or one without any local agencies, the need for a resume website becomes more important. This will help you attract employers who may be looking for temporary or contract employees that can grow to full time opportunities later on.

 

The power of imagery

One of the big advantages with a resume website is that you can convey more about what you offer, combined with crucial style points that just aren’t possible in a LinkedIn profile. While you can upload content to LinkedIn such as pictures, videos, and presentations, there is little you can do to influence to overall look and feel of the profile page.

With a custom resume website, you can choose colors, backgrounds, fonts, and other graphic elements that can give the reader a sense of who you are as well as what you can do. Best of all, thanks to tools like WordPress, it is possible to gain a polished website with little to no cost and user-friendly themes.

 

Choosing pictures while maintaining confidentiality

Chefs have known the power of images to sell their food for years. But for a Household Manager who needs to uphold the confidentiality of your principals, how do you display your work?

Simple: focus on small projects instead of the house or grounds. Some of these could include:

  • an artistic table setting
  • a beautiful floral arrangement
  • the “before” and “after” shots of an organized wardrobe (using your own, if you must!)
  • extreme close-ups on polished silver
  • close-ups of the garden, featuring just a few flowers or herbs
  • an organized craft project for a nanny

 

Don’t forget the video

Looking ahead, Google is giving more and more consideration to video on websites. While you wouldn’t want videos of your principals or other staff, a personal video introduction can go a long way.

 

Who would NOT want a website?

If your job search is confidential – meaning that your current employer doesn’t know that you are looking for a job – do NOT create a website. Even “hidden” links have ways of turning up in searches, especially if your employer is suspicious.

 

About Donna Shannon

Donna Shannon, President of The Personal Touch Career Services, is one of the few career coaches who understands the unique nature of the private service industry. Drawing from both her corporate recruitment and luxury market placement experience, she has been helping job seekers with professional writing services, job search consultations and classes since 2004. Her book “How to Get a Job Without Going Crazy” (2nd Edition, 2012) is available on Amazon.com. Donna is based in Denver, Colorado, and works with job seekers across the country and abroad.

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