3 Steps to an Awesome Personal Website

While a resume and cover letter are a great way to present information about yourself to a potential employer, you might want to consider making a personal website regardless of what your major is. Did you know that roughly 70% of employers check your online presence prior to hiring? By building a website you can point employers to looking at the best version of you! Similarly, many employers are really looking for who you are not just what you’ve done. A website is a great way to communicate your personality and work in a place that is super easy to update, as both you and your work grows! Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, keep reading and we’ll tell you how to do it.

1. Brainstorm your brand

Before you even start picking the fonts you want, just jot down some ideas of what you want to communicate about yourself at first glance. An exercise to try: choose three words that describe yourself or what type of employee you would be, then keep referring to that as you build your site. Don’t be afraid to show your personality; remember this is an additional piece to your resume so be sure to add your hobbies or passions in a professional manner, like this site

2. You don’t need to be a coding wiz to do this

If you’re imagining spending hours with a dark screen and green numbers flying all around your screen, don’t worry it won’t be anything like that. There are so many great website builders that basically walk you through how to make a beautiful site! Check out, Wix, Squarespace, Wordpress and Adobe Portfolio to figure out what suits your needs best. Don’t forget to look at their student pricing! Pro tip: If you already have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription you can use Adobe Portfolio for free!

3. Make your site a one stop shop

Your website can be the equivalent of a complete “online business card” because you can easily add it to your email signature! In addition to your best work, plug all of your social media links you think your employers should see like your: LinkedIn, Facebook, blog or professional Instagram. Make sure to add multiple ways for someone to contact you, like a contact form or automatic email button. 

The best part about a website is that once you’ve made it, you can easily make changes to it! It is one of the best ways to represent yourself to someone in a time where things are increasingly online. 

Remember, when you purchase your domain from a site like GoDaddy or Namecheap you always own it to use wherever you want. Alternatively, if you buy from a site builder like the ones linked above, you’ll pay for the domain at a premium! Trying to figure out how to budget for it? Download the Kora app so you can get started on showing the world the boss you are!

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