Creating a Virtual Resume: How-To

STEP ONE: CREATE A NEW WORDPRESS BLOG

Why a WordPress blog? Other than because they’re amazing, they allow you to choose a static page for the landing point. Which is the best thing, you’ll see why in the next step.

Buy a domain on WPHow you name it really depends on you. Do you want your name search to bring any visitor to your site? If so, then call it yourname.com. But if for some reason you want to control who sees it, then find a creative name and purchase a domain for it.

TIP: Purchase your domain via WordPress directly: a- it will save you the hassle of transferring from anywhere else; and b- it will save you money since WP does charge a mapping fee on top of your registry.

STEP TWO: WRITE A BLOG POST FOR EACH JOB EXPERIENCE

Start with your oldest experience, and run all the way to your current or more recent job. WordPress publishes them in order, and you want your history to show the most recent position first.

Be consistent. Your job title should be the title of the post. If the theme you choose offers headers in the formatting section, then use those for dates and the employer’s name. Link the employer to their website – be transparent. Then list your duties in point form as core body of the post.

If you happen to have a quote (pulled from a reference letter) from your previous employer, add it in there using WP’s cool quote format. Make your exploit pop!

TIP: Use the tags for identifying key skills used in each position. If your experience ran across many work sectors (i.e. construction, administrative, arts, non-profit, service industry, etc.) then use categories for this information.

STEP THREE: CREATE A KILLER [ABOUT] PAGE

You know that famous question “Tell us a little about yourself?” every single employer asks in an interview? The one you should technically have a memorized answer ready to give even if you were asked it in an elevator? Well this is your opportunity to word it out. Your about page should answer the following questions:

  • What do you do?
  • How long have you been doing it?
  • What is your key accomplishment?
  • What is the fire behind your passion?
  • Where else can you be found? Provide hyperlinks.

TIP: My friend offers a wonderful (free) guide on how to write an about page. Download it here!

STEP FOUR: ADD MORE PAGES AND CONTENT

Depending on your career path, you may have certifications and licenses, or you may have oodles of volunteering experience or have won prestigious awards and been elected to boards of directors. Here is a list of pages you can create to showcase all this extra information which may not be found in your work history:

  1. Education: Link your schools. List the courses, not just the title and degree obtained. Add your GPA if its a standard in your field, and if its one to be proud of.
  2. Volunteer: List your volunteer experience in chronological order, most recent at the top, of course. Hyperlink to each organization, again adding more transparency.
  3. References: Scan your reference letters, and insert them in one page.
  4. Achievements: Make a list of your achievements. If you’re in sales then talk in percentages and increases. This is where an employer can get the “why he or she should hire YOU above anybody else” anchor selling points. Allow the facts to brag about you.
  5. Contact: Although you may have hyperlinks on your home page, create a contact page on its own. The decision whether or not to add a phone number is totally yours. Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea. For my resume, I use hyperlinks to my email address, and I also used the “Add Contact Form” option.

TIP: Create a page called “Work History”; and then in your Reading Settings, enable a static page for front page, and identify your work history as the posts page.

STEP FIVE: CHOOSE YOUR LANDING PAGE WISELY

Your About Page can be a great choice for homepage. Depending on the theme you choose, you may not even really need a content page for landing point. For my resume, I chose the Stay Theme, it’s pretty appropriate since my career was a bit dormant for a while (ba-boom-boom-tish). It’s a rather classy and elegant theme with sliders on the homepage. I love sliders!

TIP: Whichever landing page you choose – disable anything that will make it look too blog’ish such as the comments, the like box, the share options, etc. This is your chance to knock them off their seat with a great first impression!

STEP SIX: CREATE WIDGETS

Use one text/html widget for gathering all your social media links. Include only what strictly pertains to your work! Usually WordPress adds a series of widgets automatically (archives, meta tags, etc.) take them all out!

One important widget I highly recommend is a sitemeter widget. Whenever I apply for a position, I keep my eyes peeled on my stats which give me more information than WP’s stat page. Sitemeter gives you information about visitors’ location, and details about time of their visit. Keep in mind to set a higher privacy setting on your account in case visitors click on your Sitemeter link. This is a great indicator/gauge of an employer’s potential interest in you! *Giddy*

TIP: Don’t try to be cute. If a widget is not linked directly to your career path, or if it does not provide direct information to your work then delete it!

Have you created an online resume? Please share it in the comments, I’d love to see it… I’ve been working and fine tuning mine for years now. Feel free to check it out here.

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2 thoughts on “Creating a Virtual Resume: How-To”

  1. This is so incredibly awesome. I’m actually in the process of laying one out that I hope to link to my blog (but kind of indirectly in a “work with me” section. I never thought to add a page for each relevant work experience, but it makes sense to highlight some of my accomplishments (hee). Going to check out your online resume now. Thanks for this, Marie!!!

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