Personal websites aren’t just for small business owners, photographers, or designers. A website can be an easy way to get more about yourself out in the open. They’re also a great place to direct potential employers who may want to check you out. A personal website can feature your resume, hobbies, activities, portfolio of work, etc. Not only will it help you stand out, but you’ll learn some useful skills by building it.
Here are five reasons why everyone needs a personal website.
1. It Gives Employers a Better Idea of Who You Are
Much like social media, what you post or add to your website defines who you are, whether you want it to or not. Having professional, family-friendly photos and blog posts will show anyone you’re enthusiastic and passionate about what you do If you’re going to feature your personal website on your resume, or have it be “your name” dot com, make sure there is nothing on there you wouldn’t want an employer to see. But taking the time to make one, can give you an advantage when it comes to hiring decisions.
2. You Can Showcase Your Talent
Websites are great for bragging about your talents. Your website can be your portfolio to show off to potential employers. Whether you’re a photographer, writer, or even a landscaper, documenting any work you have done will help you in a long run.
3. It’ll Help You Build Valuable Skills
As technology continues to advance beyond our imaginations, it’s important to stay on top of the trend. Businesses are becoming more dependent on technology than ever before; knowing a thing or two about how to operate a computer and manage a website can be a golden ticket to the good life. Having a website will you keep you in front of a computer, which means you will be learning new things frequently, and might reach out to professionals to learn even more. Once you’ve had your website for a while, you’ll be able to confidently say you know how to create and manage a website and its content. That’s a big deal today.
4. You Can Use It as a Back Up Plan
Like I said, having your own website can teach you a lot about computers and web development. If you have a career chosen for yourself but you decide to go in a different direction, you’ll have some knowledge to get you started in a new field. You can even decide to go to school, or go back to school, to pursue a computer science degree or similar. Even if your heart is set on the career path you’re already pursuing, you can always use your new tech skills to compliment your chosen job!
5. It’s Easier to Show Than Tell
Having a website makes it easy for people to learn more about you and your talents. If you meet a networking connection, you can always direct them to your website to learn more about your accomplishments or about your life in general. Let your personality and accomplishments shine.
Regardless of why you’re doing it, having your own personal website is one of the smartest things you can do as a young adult. With all the available tools, I highly recommend looking into making a website. Even if it’s just a basic Wordpress template and none of the fancy coding, it’s a learning experience that should be taken advantage of early.