Monday, July 2, 2012

The Advantages of Starting Your Own Website

In an age where everything is digital, there's little need for job seekers to send out copies of resumes or cover letters. Everything about them can be found online somewhere, be it social networking sites or blogs.

That's where having your own website would come in. By starting a blog with a super professional domain, preferably your name, you can really brand yourself. You can make a page for your resume, one for contact information, one that gives information about you, and then the main page can showcase your writing skills as the main blog page.

Here are 5 reasons you should try this out:

1. You're being green. By digitizing, you are saving paper and being very eco-friendly. You're also saving space, which is a real plus.

2. You REALLY put yourself out there. You're showcasing your talents to a larger variety of people than you would if you just mailed it to certain individuals. Which brings me to...

3. You can get discovered. Say someone stumbles on your blog and thinks you're immensely talented. Instant job, burgeoning internet fame. It doesn't get better than that. I'm not guaranteeing anything, but there's always a possibility!

4. You can easily keep track of materials. With everything being on one site, you can edit or access materials of yours quickly and easily. Gone are the days of freaking out because you sent someone your resume and realized it had a typo. Just log in and fix it.

5. It's permanent. This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. If there's something unsavory about you that's floating on the interweb, you're kind of screwed. BUT, it works positively as well because all of your best work will be documented forever, clear of floods, fire, or natural disater. You'll always be able to track your information.

There are obviously also downsides to starting a website for yourself. For example, if you can't properly protect your work, writing samples could get stolen. You also run the risk of people you may not want contacting you making contact. But in this world, the advantages such as those listed above, greatly outweigh the disadvantages, and you'll be ahead of the game.

Good luck!

Xox,

Elise

1 comment:

  1. To cut it short, having your own website gives you endless possibilities. A website is arguably the best platform to share information and connect with people. That alone gives multiple industries and disciplines opportunities that didn’t exist in the pre-internet era. But you’re also right in saying that owning a website entails responsibility. You are responsible for what you publish; and if you do not control your content, things might go awry, which might ruin your reputation.

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