From the Intern's Desk: Creating a Personal Website
Our graphic design intern, Bella, has the how-to.
A website is part of building your personal brand, which shows your unique point of view, demonstrates your skills and sets you apart from others. It brings life and personality to your resume by expanding on the cold list of facts. When you have an online presence, people can discover and access your work more easily. You never know who might end up seeing it. According to Workflow, 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool, but only 7% of job seekers actually have a website to share. Here, I'll help you figure out how to set one up.
1. Choose your tools
Unless you're a coder, chances are you don’t know how to build your site from scratch, but fortunately, there are many tools available that make it much simpler. If you're looking for a creative job and already have work on Behance, you can build a website with your portfolio on Behance Prosite without doing any coding. Format is also great for creatives—you can choose how much you want to customize, and their format integrates with other tools like Lightroom and Kredo. For non-creative job-seekers, Cargo Collective and Wordpress have nice, customizable templates. Although coding your customizations requires some extra work, I found that the code I needed to get the look I wanted was never more than a Google search away. Carbon Made and Squarespace have beautiful, professional themes, so a polished-looking site can be achieved sans HTML.