Secure a domain nameA domain name is what you type into your Internet browser to get to a particular website. For example, our domain name is ReviewsGurus.com. Your first step will be to buy your own domain name with a domain registrar. Your domain name should be easy to spell and professional. In other words, unless you’re a professional comedian, now is not the time to get cutesy or playful. Your domain name may be:
- Your full name
- Your business name
- A description of what you do (e.g., WebHostingCompany.com)
- Your family name (e.g., Smith.com)
Find web hostingNow that you have a domain name it’s time to find a web hosting company to host it. If you’re only putting your resume online and don’t plan to develop an actual website, you can safely purchase the smallest web hosting plan available. You’ll want your chosen web hosting company to be reliable, so make sure you always do the following:
- Read web hosting reviews.
- Understand the basics of web hosting.
- Know how to interpret Terms of Service contracts.
Optimize your resume for the webSince job recruiters will be searching for resumes online you’ll want to make your website easy to find.
- Use the word resume in your resume. Many recruiters search for potential employees using the word resume.
- Use meta tags.
- Use keywords.
Pick a platformYou can get your resume on the Internet in a number of ways.
- Create an HTML resume. Most web hosting companies offer free website builders that will help you create an HTML resume or you can use freeware like HTML Kit to do it on your own.
- Use a template. There are thousands of free resume templates available.
- Install WordPress and use a free theme.
Adding the finishing touchesOnce your resume is online and viewable by the rest of the world, spend a few moments proofreading to make sure you’ve put your best work out there.
- Your email address should be easy to spot and use.
- You should have no misspellings or punctuation errors.
- Fonts should be easy to read and standard across all web browsers.