Job Seeker Blog - Spark Hire A Look at the Importance of a Personal Website in Your Job Search

We know job seekers have a video resume, a traditional resume, so many cover letters their hard drives can barely handle it, and a digital Rolodex of networking contacts to email or text when an opportunity arises. A new Forbes article argues there is a another tool, one which can house the previously mentioned tools, vital to job seekers’ success: a personal website.

The article presents some pretty convincing numbers for job seekers looking to boost your profile through a personal website. To start, 80% of jobs are never advertised. That means a lot of job seekers are missing out of jobs just by not having a presence on the internet. A personal website allows you to be seen by employers and head hunters without just applying for a job. Sometimes the best job for you is one you don’t yet know about. Your video resume posted on your personal website allows you to connect to potential employers you may not know exist.

It’s more than just reaching potential unknown employers, data shows that employers are impressed by job seekers’ websites. In fact according to the Forbes article, 56% of hiring managers are impressed by a job seeker’s website, but only 7% of job seekers have them. It goes without saying then that 7% of job seekers are getting a huge boost above the rest.

A personal website is a perfect showcase for all the great job search tools you possess, and a really great showcase for a video resume. Link your Spark Hire video resume to your website and give employers another opportunity to see your personality, not just your qualifications. Your personal website is a perfect platform to link to your video resume and pique the interest of potential employers.

Data shows that personal websites can be tremendous assets for job seekers, but that not enough of us are taking advantage of this powerful tool. Get a leg up on the competition with your personal website by connecting it to your video resume. It’ll add another dimension to your site and show potential employers you’re a tech savvy, qualified candidate.

Let us know what your favorite hositing site is for your personal website. We’d love to find out more from our savvy readers.

Jen Schiller

Jen works as a Marketing Project Manager for a restaurant, a kitchen assistant for cooking classes, helps with database management, does some freelance writing, and more. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics in 2011. Currently, she resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid sports fan.

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