If you’ve thought about creating an online CV or portfolio to showcase your skills, experience and examples of your work to potential employers, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, this post is for you.
A CV or portfolio website is a great way to develop your personal branding, as it makes it possible for potential employers and recruiters to find you when they search for you online. It’s also something that you can customise exactly as you want.
Pick your own domain name
It’s possible to create a website for free, but there are advantages of paying even just a small amount. This can be the difference between having your own domain name (like mine, www.biancamiller.uk) or having a platform specific domain name like [yourname].wordpress.com or [yourname].blogspot.co.uk.
Owning your domain name improves your personal branding and stops someone else from registering it. It also gives you the flexibility to move your domain to a new hosting provider if you want to in the future.
Speaking of which, with a simple domain name and website-hosting package, you’ll have everything you need to get your website off the ground. But to get the visual appeal and ease of making updates and improvements, you should look to a content management system like WordPress. Many good hosting companies allow you to install it in a few clicks from your hosting control panel.
Here are two top tips you can follow once you have installed WordPress
Pick the right theme
When you access your WordPress login area, you’ll find that you already have a default theme installed on your blog. You don’t need to keep this one though! There are loads of themes out there, but your job will be to find one that works for you.
Some are free, and some will come at a cost, but you can always install a free one and upgrade later if you find something that you really love. You can have a look at the WordPress themes that are tagged for CVs and portfolios by searching for themes in the main directory on WordPress.
Of course, you can also pick a theme outside of those that are tagged as being ideal for creating your online CV or portfolio, but use these to speed up the process of getting your content live and accessible.
Find the right plugins
One of the great benefits of using WordPress is the ability to install any selection of plugins. If you go for a basic theme you could incorporate a plugin like Resume Builder, which will let you add a widget to your website to display your information where you need it.
Another widget that will prove useful is a contact form, and there are many plugins available to help you make this a reality. You’ll have a chance to include fields that users must fill out, and those that are optional; just consider what a potential employer or recruiter would need to contact you for and work from there.
Once you’ve got the right theme and filled your site with great content, images and links to any social profiles you want to highlight, you’re ready to show the world your site exists! Updating your social media profiles to link through to your site is a great place to start, I would also recommend you reference it on your CV too.
Bianca Miller is a brand ambassador for the .uk domain names, and managing director and founder of The Be Group and Bianca Miller London. She will be speaking at the National Graduate Recruitment Exhibitions in London and Birmingham in association with the .uk domain and Eco Hosting; packages will be on offer to those who would like to create a .uk domain name.