To paraphrase 17thcentury French philosopher René Descartes, ‘I have a website, therefore I am part of the modern world.’
Having a personal website is beneficial for just about anybody, but it is especially important if you are looking for a new career opportunity. A personal website gives prospective employers a better chance of finding you – and a chance to see if you are a good fit for their companies. A personal website gives you the opportunity to:
- Brag about yourself in your bio
- Present your résumé (as both a webpage and a PDF)
- Provide a professional head shot
- Provide a way to contact you (e.g., email address, phone number, online form)
- Provide links to your other websites (e.g., blog, LinkedIn, Twitter)
- Showcase your accomplishments
- Showcase your portfolio (if applicable)
I created my personal website (http://jameswsanford.com/) in Dreamweaver while taking an online course in digital design. I host my site at Hosting 4 Sudents, which cost $68.22 and includes my domain name, two years of hosting and two email addresses.
But, you don’t have to be knowledgeable in Web design to have a personal website. There are lots of hosting sites that have site-builder templates, such as register.com and godaddy.com. And there are even free sites, such as WordPress (which is really a blog, but looks like a website).
Create your personal site today and join the modern world.