Here's a stat to grab your attention. Did you know 64% of HR decision makers think personal sites are more impressive than paper CVs? Yet just 25% of students create their own website to help them bag their dream job. So, if you’re not already building one, then you really should be.
Even if you’ve got a few years’ study left before you join the graduate job hunt, setting up your own site is a no-brainer. You’ll be building your digital presence and creating your own personal brand; helping you stand out from the crowd.
Having your own site can mean the difference between landing that all-important interview or ending up on the reject pile.
Four reasons to create your own website
Getting a website is quicker and easier than you think, whether you’re creating an online portfolio, building a shop, promoting a cause or working on a particular project. You can register a .uk domain with ecohosting in minutes.
A stellar CV and killer interview technique is no longer enough to guarantee you a graduate job. But having a website can show potential employees your qualifications and experience, as well as showcasing the digital skills they need. It lets you tell the world your story and sets you apart from other job hunters.
Recruiters are increasingly visiting candidates' social media profiles as part of the recruitment process and there are many stories of recruiters rejecting candidates because of something they saw or read about them online. So directing them to your official site where you are calm, collected and professional is always going to be far better than risking them seeing your drunken pics or mad Facebook rants.
A website is the perfect way to show people what you have to offer – it’s your own personal shop window into the world. You control the content and you get to show people how amazing you are.
A website gives you a single place to promote your creative talents, but it’s also brilliant for building a presence or specialism within a particular industry. Insightful blogs about the things that matter to you, industry trends, news and reviews will all help position your professional voice. So when it comes to getting a job you’re already one step ahead.
If you haven’t already started on a website here are some ideas:
- Create a personal website with your CV, bio and achievements
- Build a blog, writing about the topics you love or the industry you want to work in
- Got a great idea for a business or service? Create a site to promote it
- If your work is visual build an online portfolio to show off the best of it
- Got a cause to promote? Create a site with a donate form and raise money by accepting Paypal donations
- Got something to say? Build your own podcast site
So why not get started now? Share your story on The Student Room and you could be the lucky winner of a MacBook Air! Find out more about our Web Legend competition and watch this video for some inspiration: