According to Workfolio, a company that develops applications for professional visibility, 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website.
Workfolio’s founder and chief executive Charles Pooley says: “The employment market is an incredibly scary place to be right now as a job seeker but a personal website offers several important things to improve your odds.” and I must add that even more if you are a programmer.
It gives hiring managers a glimpse into your personality, a website gives you creative freedom to express yourself, that isn’t possible in a traditional resume or in common online templates filled by all LinkedIn users, for instance. You can choose design options for all paragraphs you write and that says something more about you; moreover, you can highlight your outstanding skills and gives recruiters more chances to decide if they want to bring you in for an interview.
That about visibility, ever-increasing number of employers are researching job applicants online; in this case if you are in online professional networks with hundreds of millions of members, your employers might see you just like any other user, nothing like owning your own website with your name in the domain or something similar, gives you a great shot at showing up when someone searches for you. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying: “cancel your account in these networks”, I advice to use these networks such as another way to found new opportunities placing a link to your great website.
Having your own website allows you to control what people will find when they search for you. More and more, I hear that employers are googling candidates to learn more about them like professional background or even criminal records. When you have your own website, you have an opportunity to demonstrate a portfolio of information about you and to provide further information (via links or nice pop-ups) so employers can learn more about you and your experience.
It’s important to know that websites take time to develop and need to be done well in order to be effective, for this reason, It’s hard to keep up with a personal website, particularly if you don’t use it on a day-to-day basis, but if your website contains a lot of grammatical errors, misspellings, or outdated information, it may detract from your reputation rather than enhance it.
It isn’t helpful to post an underdeveloped website, and especially in the midst of a job search, you must done this project if you don’t want to tell the employer that you aren’t able to finish what you started. Think of the personal website as an extension of your resume and review it with the same level of scrutiny before submitting. They may thank you for making their work easier by placing a .doc, .docx or .pdf resume for their archives, remember that if you print a website, it looks terrible over paper, for this reason they might keep you in mind.
You’ll also want to be careful with how much personal information you include on the site. The key is to Keep information interesting, but relatively neutral. Avoid providing information that might useful to hackers or controversial such as religious and political views.
Always try to keep relevant to you readers.
Ask yourself: Is this relevant to the position and your employer?
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Jorge Fernandes is Bachelor in Computer Science experienced in telecommunications, security, banking and programmer since 1984. He works in BolivarTech focused on high-level decisions about scientific and technological policies and strategies of projects oriented to develop web and standalone applications, as well as smart solutions at mobiles. He always oriented to produce innovator products.