Write the Right Content for Your Website Résumé
Your goal when writing content for your online résumé is to present a more rounded and colorful picture of your professional career than what can be found on paper. Don’t just copy and paste your résumé text onto a website.
Here are some guidelines for writing web copy:
Title every page. When people land on your home page, they should know instantly that this is an online résumé.
Include headlines to help your reader scan your site quickly. Use at least two levels of meaningful headers: a title (Level 1) and subheads (Level 2 or 3).
Link to other pages on your website. For example, your professional summary may have the call to action, Contact me. Link the words contact me directly to your Contact page.
Present one idea per paragraph.
Use bold and italics on key phrases to make scanning easier.
Your résumé website should summarize your résumé on the home page and then offer more detail in the subpages (much like DoYouBuzz does). Following are the pages to include on your résumé website:
Home: Use your home page to make clear that this site is a résumé and to punch up your key selling points. Think of this page as your extended professional summary. A hiring manager should take one glance at your home page and know what you’re all about.
Résumé: Here, outline the elements of your résumé with links to the corresponding subpages. The subpages can go into more detail. Example subpages include:
Contact Me: You can include your contact info as a footer or in a static sidebar throughout your site. However, having a contact page is nice as well. You can use a form that people can fill out directly on the page. Don’t just put your e-mail address there or else you’ll get spammed. Tell people what they can contact you about, such as job inquiries, consulting offers, or questions about your work.
If you just drop your e-mail address on your website, you’re likely to see an increase in spam. To avoid this, try an e-mail masking service like scr.im. Scr.im forces viewers to verify that they’re human and also gives you statistics about how many times your e-mail address has been viewed.