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How To Create Your Own Free Resume Website

teacher avatar Kristin Mason, Virtual Life Coach and Instructor

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction: How to Create Your Own Free Personal Branding Website

      2:55
    • 2. Chapter 1: Discover Your Brand

      2:17
    • 3. Chapter 2: The About Me Page

      5:33
    • 4. Chapter 3: The Resume Page

      5:31
    • 5. Chapter 4: The Portfolio Page

      2:26
    • 6. Chapter 5: The Testimonials and Contact Pages

      4:40
    • 7. Chapter 6: Wix.com Tutorial and Final Project

      4:04
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Hello everyone! My name is Kristin and I am a career advisor and life coach with nearly two decades of experience leading individuals to their career and academic goals, and I am excited to introduce you to a new trend in Personal Branding – your own personal resume website!

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You can use this dynamic, easy to create, and free website to apply for a job, to get into college, apply to an internship or volunteer position, or simply to showcase your personality and Personal Brand! Creating a Personal Website along with your traditional resume or application can help you stand out from other applicants.

Additionally, in this course, I will show you the right wording and formatting to use to attract attention and get your profile in front of those who matter! See you there!

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1. Introduction: How to Create Your Own Free Personal Branding Website: Hello everyone. My name is Kristin. I'm a career advisor in life coach with nearly two decades of experience leading individuals to their career in academic goals. And I'm very excited to introduce you to the trend and personal branding, your own personal resume website. So in this easy to follow tutorial, I'm gonna show you how to make a five page website to exhibit your personal brand. We are going to go through a resume page. The proper formatting in a wording to use in a resume. It work samples or portfolio page. Show you how to exhibit some of your work gonna do at testimonials page as well as a contact page. And we're going to have an easy to follow prison, the Haitian so that you can follow along, keep track, and go back through the video to check out the bullet points that while you are creating your own free personal website. So we are going to use the w6 platform, free platform. And we're going to use the associated templates to make your personal website at least five pages. But of course you can customize yours to whoever you'd like. Going to show you how to use the right wording and formatting to get your portfolio in front of everyone that matters. You don't want to spend all this time working on it and then it doesn't get to in front of matters. So this resume website or personal branding website is great for anyone, whether you're a student, like some of our examples where the Earth's, he's unprofessional. If you're applying for your first job and internship, maybe you're applying to get into college or for a scholarship. Or perhaps your professional looking for a new career. Maybe you're applying for a grant and your career area. Whatever you need, you can tailor this website to. Wherever you need it for your personal website, it's easy to copy. You can make a couple of different copies. If you're about to apply to college, make a copy that'll be that'll have the wording specifically to apply for that college to that scholarship, that grid to that specific position. You can easily copy because these are free templates, free websites. So you have a dynamic platform here. So you can send out multiple versions. So everyone can get an idea of who you are and this beautiful platform here. So in the next video, showing me back, you're gonna work on discovering your own personal brand so that you know how you want to exhibit yourself in your website here. So I will see you in the next video. 2. Chapter 1: Discover Your Brand: Hello everyone, welcome back and welcome to the first video in the course. Now we're gonna talk about how to discover your personal brand. So let's get started. So before you can begin your unique personal website, you must identify your personal brand so that you are clear about how you would like to represent yourself. So first let's start with a tip. Passions versus values. So we need to list out our passions, values and goals. So first, What's the difference between passions and values? Passions are specifically what drives you, what forces you to get out of the bed in the morning. And on the other hand, values are what you feel are right versus wrong. So now that we have that, let me show you a couple of examples. So clear of a graduate student in the field of teaching and learning, my passions are sustainability and community involvement. And my values, I value equity in the classroom. So those are my examples that I used in the example website here. Let me also show you a word cloud so you can make a list of your passions and values to help you visualize and conceptualize how you'd like your website to represent. Or if you'd like to make a word cloud and visualize it. So here's one that I created while I was trying to conceptualize the website. And in the resources below, I will have links to some free word cloud applications if you'd like to use those, or if you just want to list out your passions and values. However you would like to visualize. Just try to write something down so that you can get your brain going. So just take time. Maybe in one column, lists passions and another, less values and another lists your goals. And we are going to come back to them. We use those later while we are designing page one, the about me page. I will see you then on the next video. 3. Chapter 2: The About Me Page : Hello everyone, welcome back. Welcome to the second video in the course. We're going to jump right into page one, the about me page. Alright. So the about me page is going to act as the cover letter of your personal website. So let's talk about the components to put on page one. Personal pictures and just pictures altogether. So I suggest just using no more than two personal pictures. On the main page there on the about me page. You don't want things to look too cluttered and you want things to look professional. So for your main picture, use one professional picture, a headshot, something like that. If you're going to use a second additional picture, use something tasteful as well. Maybe you're a student athlete, you haven't paid trip yourself playing your sport. Maybe you want to use a picture volunteering or with leading a group that you work with, something like that. Or perhaps you're a student and child care or teaching and you work with children and families. Maybe you're a nanny or sitter and you want to use a picture with you in the family is something tastes for like that was always great, but don't make it too cluttered. His managers are going to have time to look through your whole website so they're gonna get a taste for you. So, alright, additionally, there is the narrative and in addition to the pictures that you're going to have on your About Me page. So that narrative is gonna be, it's gonna kinda be your cover letter in a few short sentences. Just use two to three sentences here. And this is where you're going to outline those passions, goals, values that we were talking about in the previous video. And I will show you that on the example website in just a moment. And additionally, it's very important to have some links and contact information right there on the main page. The footer. That should have your like linked information to link there. That should have your email address, phone number information. I will show you all of that. A link to your contact page is important to half of the front so they can get in touch with you managers if they're interested. Alright, so let's jump into the example website. Alright, so here is our example. So we have five pages at the top here. Now this is just a standard template that I like to use when creating a personal website for clients. I find this works well for myself. It works for clients. Nothing's written in stone. If you would like to do something different, you know, do whatever you're like, This is returned to represent yourself. Just use something tasteful. So right here we go. As we were talking about the about me page, homepage, however you would like to title it. So here is going to be the narrative we were speaking about that axis here cover linear. So I plugged in the passion's values and goals that we were speaking about earlier. So as you can see, my passions are community involvement, sustainable development. I value equity in the classroom. So plug this into there if you wanted to discuss your goals. And it can also be illustrated in your later work. We're gonna go into all of that. So let's talk more about the main page here, your homepage or your About page. Said notice we have one picture, professional picture background. I'm a student of sustainability and teaching. Some kinda have this sustainable design buildings, what it looks like in the back here. And as I was mentioning the very important contact information. So notice here it's clickable. If a manager just wants to jump right in from the about page from the homepage. They want to get in touch with you to make sure you have a link right there. So it's really easy for them if they're interested. And then here, this footer is going to run alone every page of your website. So plug in your phone number, contact information, your links to social media if you would like. And at the end and a video towards the end of this tutorial, I will show you a little bit more about the w6 platform that I use to design these free websites. And then you can upgrade to purchase your own personal domain name if he was like. But for demonstration purposes, I just use the free Wix domain name that comes here. So I will show you that later. So this is your About Me page, homepage wherever you would like to call it. So I'll see you in the next video. We're gonna talk about the resume page. See you then. 4. Chapter 3: The Resume Page: Hello everyone. Welcome back and welcome to video three. We're going to talk about the resume page. So this page is going to act as an abbreviated version or a film version of your resume. But if you have a really long resume because you have a lot of work experience, then try to keep it brief for aesthetic issues. Now hopefully a manager will have time to look at your whole resume website here so they can still get an idea of the full spectrum of who you are and what you have to offer. So let's go into the resume. Right? So the resume outlines here, experience, education, and skills. And it's going to start off with a summary or objective, which is a short narrative at the beginning of your resume. Keep it brief again just to perhaps two to three sentences. Status summarize your skills, qualifications, and ability. And this section is in paragraph form. I'm right. And I will show you that on the personal website example as well. So after the summary that's in paragraph form, kinda go to the work experience and that's going to be more enlist for him. Make sure you use strong action words as well while you are creating your resume bullet plates. And try to keep these bullet points brief, maybe three or four bullet points for each job. Try to just keep it down to three jobs. Just again, for brevity, for the aesthetics of your website here. If you're a student and you don't have much experience, just outline the experience that you have. If you spearheaded projects with some groups that you work with, volunteer experiences, community experiences, maybe you work with a church group volunteer. All of that can be outlined in your resume. Definitely. So keep that in mind. And then as I was saying with the power words, action words, make sure you use plenty of those. So here I just have a list of 50 random strong action words to use. Keep on your mind while you're developing your resume. So feel free to keep looking back at this list or brainstorm on the internet. There are several lists where you can find hundreds of words to get your mind going in the right place while you are developing your resume. Right? So after work experience. So now we're going to have education portion of your resume that's going to be using bullet points and can as well, analyst form. And he went to highlight your specific degree, your major, your minor, what school you went to. If you'd like to add your GPA, added in that location as well with your education. All right, additionally in your resume, might want to add skills. Again in list form, whatever your specific skills aren't coding, childcare, graphic design, what have you? So let me show you example website. Right? So we were on the homepage last. So notice here I have resume. Next is page two. I also have it down here. So a manager or whoever is looking at your website could quickly just jump right to that page. And here we go. Here's the narrative that we were speaking about. And so again, just kind of remind the manager or whoever is reading this, you know, about your passions. Were valued, goals, things like that. Just keep it short. A small paragraph, two to three sentences. After that. Outline your work experience. Keep that just to perhaps three experiences, three jobs, couple of bullet points of view for each one. And then as I mentioned, make sure you use strong power words developed, taught, created, educated, preserved, assisted, coordinated, trained. Use these strong words while you're developing your resume here. And then again, here are a few skills I have listed here interested in teaching. So here skills associated with that. And then again, you are running footer is at the bottom here. With all of your contact info, it's going to be on every page so that you can easily be reached. All right, I'll see you in the next video. 5. Chapter 4: The Portfolio Page: Hello everyone, welcome back and welcome to the fourth video. This video is about your portfolio page or you're my works page, projects, work samples, however you would like to name it. So let's get started. So this is your place to shine here in the portfolio. So outline your work, your projects. Whenever you have that showcases you if you're a student and you have some awesome papers or projects, link them here. Maybe an internship project. Or if you have a career and you want to showcase a few of your works, put links to them here. But try to keep it to maybe three samples again for just aesthetic reasons to keep it visually pleasing. So, all right, let's look at the example website. So again, we're back at the homepage for the example website. And as you can see up here, I have work samples. And then if someone would want to click on it and get to it quickly, the link right here again, my work. Let's click on that. So alright, here, you could link a couple of projects. So this is a website again for a student. So here's like an internship project, another graduate school project, and an undergraduate project. And then again, you went to link always to the contact page so that people can get here really quickly if they would like to set up a meeting with you, get more info to talk more. And then again, you're running footer at the bottom of the page here has all of your contact information. So that is the work samples work examples page, however you would like to name it. So I'll just keep it short. Two, maybe three samples. It's really up to you. I've seen some sites with ten or 12 samples to click on. I think it looks a little crowded, but do it in like this is not set in stone. So Alright, thanks for checking in and see you in the next video. 6. Chapter 5: The Testimonials and Contact Pages: Hello everyone, welcome back. Welcome to Video five. In this video, we're gonna go over a page for the testimonials. And we're gonna go over page five, the contact page. So let's get started. Alright, page for testimonials. So I created this wonderful idea to add testimonials to this website so that you can give some testaments to your work and your abilities to whoever is looking at this website. So reach out to your personal network for quotes. Now maybe you volunteer with some organizations you could reach out with. Ask them to give you some quotes that you could use. Maybe you have some professors, some work colleagues, bosses, mentors. Just make a list of who you can reach out to and start thinking incentive. Some emails are given some calls. You could attach letters of recommendation. So perhaps if you're applying to college for a scholarship and teaching possession, something like that. And you'd like to attach a letter of recommendation or two there for easy access. That's wonderful. You could do that. They also try to keep it brief. Again, I kept it down to three testimonials just to be aesthetically pleasing. Again, nothing sentence down. This is your web site. You do what you would like. So that is page four. Page five, the contact page. So quickly, this is the most important page though, and you wanna make sure that all components are working correctly on your website. So that most importantly, after you've built this awesome website, you're applying for whatever you're applying for. You want to make sure that you can be reached and contacted. So make sure that everything works. Everything looks great and you have all the components that you need for full contact. So let's look again at our example website. So here we go. We're back at the homepage of the website. Here are the pages have top again, we have the testimonials here, contact here. And then again you see for easy access testimonials right here, let's click. So as you can see, I just have three here. A few quotes. This one was from, looks like a thesis research student took a class. Here is a letter of recommendation from internship mentor, and a testimonial from professor. So this is just eloquently laid out so people can get an idea of who you are, your outstanding work for that awesome page to add to your website. But again, nothing set in stone. You lay your website out how you feel best in what represents you. Again at the bottom of the page. And you wanna make sure you have your contact info on how to running footer just again, to make sure you can always be contacted. Alright, so the contact page and most important, I just have a simple contact template here. Firstname, lastName, email, phone, address. You can leave that out, put that in whatever you'd like. And then of course, a message they would like to send to you. Hopefully they want to get in touch and then submit it nice and easy. There we go. That is your personal website. Again, this is free. And the best part about submitting a personal website along with your regular resume application. This is a dynamic application opportunity that you're sending in. So as things change, if you went to upload things, edit things, you can do that through width. And then whoever has access to your website, as things are changing, they can stay current. Unlike with traditional resumes and applications, wants those are set in, usually don't have the opportunity to make changes. If he own personal website, you do. So. Alright, I'm very happy to show this example two you. So next we're going to talk about the project. And after that, a quick tutorial on the free weeks platform and how to find the templates to make your website. So I will see you in the next video. 7. Chapter 6: Wix.com Tutorial and Final Project: Hello everyone, welcome back and welcome to this final video with a quick tutorial on how to build your free personal branding website on WIX. And we're gonna talk about the final project. So to get started with Wix, when you get here on the homepage to find the templates, just go right up here to creation, creation platform, website templates. And to find the personal branding or resume type of templates go right here to creative, over here to portfolio and CV. Here we go, pulls up all of the resume personal branding types. Scroll through here, find one that you like. And it's really easy to get started. So let's just show you quickly how easy it is. Get logged in. And weeks just walks you through how to build it. It can be up and running with your website and an outward to. So everything he just right-click and change it to add your own personal elements. Everything is easy. If you want to click up here to change the menu, see she has about education skills. So I can just click right here. You can change the name. Really easy for you can rearrange them. If you want to change other elements. If you want to change the background, it's extremely easy. Quick. So if you want to add other media, videos, everything just is so quick and so seamless on this site here. And look how easy that was to change. And then if you just want to click this right-click, you can change it to your own information. Right-click here. Everything is simple. Right-click, change this picture to yours. So wakes, walks you through everything and they give you quick tutorials so you can be up and running in no time. So now you've got everything you need to build your free website. So please go ahead and submit your finished project. I would love to see what other students have created. Also, please join the discussion. I would love to help you with your resume, with your cover letter, your portfolio, with your networking, whatever you need. And here I have several years of experience and career guidance, helping students get into college, scholarship, writing, mentorship, GET with them internships. Whenever you need help with reach out through discussion, please feel free to share your completed websites. Also, there are other free platforms besides weeks, I just find Wix extremely easy and ergonomic. If you want to use other free platforms, paid platforms, everything's up to you. Just please share your project. We would love to see them. And also with wakes, you get a free domain name. I'm just gonna say width at whatever, whatever. And if you want to purchase your own domain, domain name, you can do that. You can upgrade through wakes or outside sources. Perhaps you want to name your website, your name this person, Remy foster.com, whatever you wanna do. But free websites are fine. But there are opportunities to purchase your own domain name. So thank you very much for tuning into this video. I am so excited to see what everyone comes up with. And again, please reach out. And I'll be happy to see you and discussion. Thanks again.