Resumes. That crucial part of getting the job you’ve been dreaming about. Maybe you’ve had headaches over your resume, or just been bored to tears. Luckily, there’s a way to put an end to uninspiring job applications. And we’re going to show you how.
One of the great frustrations of resumes is the difficulty of showing any personality or creativity in a professional way. Especially in a single side of A4, while still listing all the other information you need to include. But by creating a resume website, you can forget all of that.
An online resume is a website that gives all the information of a traditional resume, telling employers everything they need to know about you in a new and exciting way. It’s a more modern and engaging way of catching an employer’s eye and being remembered.
You might be wondering how you make an online resume website? And how do you use a website builder like Squarespace or Wix to do it? This guide will outline the steps you need to take to get your online resume up and running.
From choosing the right website builder to picking your plan and hitting publish, we’ll walk you step-by-step through the process so that you can create your very own professional online resume in a matter of hours.
So let’s get straight into our guide on how to make an online resume…
The first step is the most important. You want to choose the right website builder for you. And without further ado, here’s our list of the best:
You can read more about these in our best resume builders review.
One of the best features of website builders is how easy they are to use. All you need is an internet connection and an idea! You can create a stylish and professional online resume website quickly and easily, without ever knowing a line of code.
Most website builders use a drag and drop editing design. You simply drag elements like text boxes and images to where you want them on your page. Some, like Wix and GoDaddy, use Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) to create a personalized resume for you.
For your online resume you want high quality designs and useful features like contact forms, images, and testimonials. Other things to look out for are how much it costs to remove adverts and use a custom domain. Before you choose your resume website builder, think about how much creative freedom you want, and how easy you need the website builder to be.
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of choice out there! We used our own research to find the five best resume builder websites listed above to help you pick the best option for your online resume. You can read about the five best resume builder websites in our full review, but here is a quick overview of the top three builders we recommend for creating your online resume:
All of these have high quality, professional templates and various features. None of them need specialist knowledge (like how to code!), and come with a range of price plans to fit to your budget.
Wix is our best all-round resume website builder and is great for beginners, while still offering loads of creative control. Squarespace is the top choice for creatives because of its high quality designs and additional features, but is a bit more tricky to get to grips with. Weebly is the best builder for portfolio and business resumes due to its smaller range of flexible and industry specific templates.
You’ve made your choice. You have your perfect resume website builder in front of you. But now you need to decide on the best plan to sign up to.
Maybe you just want to start off by creating your website and trying out ideas without spending a cent. In that case, start off with a free plan. Website builders like Wix and Weebly offer free plans, which you can create, edit, and publish your online resume on.
But remember: if you’re on a free plan there will be adverts on your resume. Whether it’s a banner advertising Wix or a pop-up telling your visitors to use Weebly, ads do not look professional and could put potential employers off.
So, what are your other options? Take a look at the paid premium plans on offer. These remove ads from your resume website and allow you to connect to a custom domain.
This is a crucial if you want to be taken seriously by recruiters. A custom domain means you can have your own personalized URL like www.your-name.com rather than something long and clumsy like www.your-name.wixsite.com/your-resume-website which features the builder’s branding.
You can usually remove ads and connect a custom domain on the cheapest paid plans. Plus most builders offer a free domain if you sign up to a yearly plan, which is a great bonus. Squarespace’s cheapest plan starts at just $12 a month (billed yearly), which offers all the features you could need for your online resume, such as a free custom domain and unlimited pages, galleries, and storage. Wix’s $10 a month combo plan is the cheapest option to remove adverts, while Weebly’s $8 a month starter plan offers even lower prices.
This shows just how easy it is to make your resume professional while still keeping to a budget. We strongly recommend you sign up for a premium plan before creating your online resume website.
So now you’ve upgraded to a premium plan. You can have your very own custom domain name – but how do you choose one?
We recommend keeping it short, simple, and to the point. You can have the domain as just your name – like www.johnsmith.com – or even add in your profession, for example www.johnsmith-photography.com. This shows employers exactly what they’re looking for: you!
By making an online resume website, you’re creating a personal brand, and you don’t want the message that you are the person to hire getting lost. By keeping it short and relevant, you help to keep it professional. And, just as important, it makes it easier for the employer to remember!
If your domain is half a mile long, chances are people are never going to remember it. Plus your short, sweet, and personalized domain will look a whole lot slicker on business cards and social platforms like LinkedIn too.
Now for the really fun part! Take a look at all the templates your chosen resume website builder has on offer and find one that suits you. You want a style that reflects both your personality and your profession.
Find a design which naturally showcases your skills and outlines your experience in a simple and clear way. Potential employers need to easily find information on your online resume! So don’t rush into it. Try out different templates and have a play around with them before you make your choice.
The number of resume templates on offer varies from builder to builder. Wix has over 40 templates in the “Portfolio & CV” category, 16 of which are dedicated resume templates. Squarespace has a huge range of customizable high quality designs, with 15 resume specific templates in the ‘Professional Services’ category. You can browse through categories or filter by specific keywords to find the type of template you want.
While you can customize any template to your liking it’s probably best to search for resume, CV, or portfolio templates to give you the best possible start.
If you change your mind about your template design once your online resume is live, don’t worry! Some resume builders like Squarespace, Weebly, and Strikingly, do let you change your template even after you’ve hit publish. One of the only downsides of Wix is you can’t switch between templates, so choose wisely.
Time to get stuck in. Change the layout, add new pages, insert your own images and videos, integrate your LinkedIn profile – whatever best shows off your skills and experience.
This customization is super easy thanks to drag and drop builders. You can change the layout and design simply by clicking and dragging images, text boxes and backgrounds around until they’re exactly where you want them.
You can also add tons of cool features like testimonial boxes and contact forms to make your resume even better! Another highlight is adding apps to your online resume to expand its features. A great example of this is the LinkedIn Business card app on Wix, which allows potential employers to view your LinkedIn business details and even to share it in a single click.
This is your chance to grab the attention of employers by creating a professional-looking resume that displays your employment history and competencies in a clear and engaging way. If you just want to put in your information without worrying about the design, why not try an ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) builder like Wix or GoDaddy?
You give some simple information about yourself, the type of website you’re creating, and the style of design you most like, and it creates an online resume for you! You can always change the design and customize it afterwards, but it’s a faster way of getting your resume set up than starting from scratch.
Remember, first impressions count. If you’re using images, make sure they’re high quality and suitable for a job application. If you hate the idea of splashing your face across your website, use images that showcase your work (e.g. if you’re a photographer) or that reflect the industry you work in.
Take a look at the example site below for some inspiration.
The homepage is the first thing your visitors will see, so it’s important to draw them in. Maybe give an overview of yourself with an image and mission statement or summary, whatever you feel best captures who you are, what you do, and what you’ve got to offer.
One of the best parts of creating an online resume is you’re not limited to cramming all your information onto one page. Use your homepage to link to other pages on your resume website. Instead of just describing and listing your hobbies, ventures, and skills, you can put them right there for the employer to see.
Have different pages for your employment history, personal projects or volunteering, have a page showcasing your skills or a gallery page with a portfolio of your work. Link to your small business website or photography site – whatever shows off your strengths as a professional and captures your personality.
Often it’s a good idea to link to a PDF version of your resume which your potential employer can print off or save. You may also want to link to an existing website you have, whether it be a portfolio or blog. This is a real strong point of having an online resume; you can put all your work in one place!
Once you have a fully customized and completed online resume, resist the urge to hit publish straight away.
It’s always a good idea to preview it first, so you can see exactly how it will look once it’s live online. This way you can see and sort out any problems, whether it’s a wonky text box or a pixelated image.
Once you’re happy, do some recruiting of your own! Get friends, family, or colleagues to try out your online resume. This is the best way of seeing if it’s actually user friendly. You want to catch links that don’t work, pages that have trouble opening, or any unclear navigation.
Better to have your Mom complain that they can’t find your contact details, than a potential boss frustratedly clicking around your website and never contacting you.
Another really important factor to check is to make sure your resume website works on both desktop and mobile devices. Website builder templates are usually mobile-optimized, but it’s always worth double and triple checking just in case!
It looks beautiful and professional, it works, and passed the user testing with flying colors. It’s time to publish your online resume.
Make sure you’ve followed the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) prompts laid out by your website builder to boost your resume’s chances of being found by recruiters online.
Then all that’s left is to hit that publish button and enjoy the feeling of having your very own resume website up and running!
Let’s have a quick recap of the steps you need to take to create your online resume:
- Choose a website builder: compare different builders using a free plan
- Sign up for the right plan: remove ads and connect your own custom domain
- Choose your domain name: keep it short, clear, and personalized
- Pick a resume template: find a style and theme that works for you
- Customize your template: edit your template to showcase your skills and experience
- Preview and test your online resume: make sure there’s no glitches
- Publish your online resume: get online and get found by employers
It’s quick and easy to do and sets you apart from the thousands of other applicants applying for the same job. You could have an online resume website online in a hour – so what are you waiting for?!
Can you change your template after you’ve published your resume?
With some, yes absolutely! With others, not so easily. Resume website builders like Squarespace, Weebly, and Strikingly allow you to switch your template at any time. This flexible design automatically reformats your website for you, so that it fits into the new theme and layout. Simple!
But other resume website builders like Wix aren’t quite so straightforward. If you change your template, you lose all your content and have to start again from scratch, which can be time consuming and frustrating.
Can you edit your resume after you’ve published it?
Absolutely! Keeping your online resume up-to-date is extremely important, and luckily it’s super easy to edit and update after you’ve published it online. All you have to do is go back into your editor and make as many changes as you want, then hit the “Update” or “Publish” button to see your changes go live.
Can you make a resume online for free?
Yes, 100%! But while you can create an online resume totally free with website builders like Wix, Weebly, and Strikingly, it’s worth upgrading. Why? Because on free plans you have adverts on your resume, and can’t use a custom domain. This creates an unprofessional image that could put off recruiters.
Upgrading doesn’t have to be pricey: Weebly’s one year starter plan is just $8 a month, removing adverts and connecting your custom domain. That’s definitely worth paying if it gets you that dream job!
What’s the difference between a resume builder like Zety and a resume website builder like Wix?
Online resume builders, like Zety and Resume.com, are helpful tools which provide templates for you to create a traditional A4 resume and download it. That is, your resume is not a website and can’t be found online.
Using a website builder to create an online resume is very different. You create a website, with your own domain, which can be found on Google. You have lots of creative freedom and can include your traditional resume in your website. Plus, you can showcase your skills rather than describing them, for example running your portfolio, blog, or business website alongside your online resume.
How long does it take to make an online resume?
The truth is, it depends. If you’re using Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) to create your website, the answer is a couple of minutes. If you’re using Squarespace to create a highly customized and personalized resume, it will take longer. It really depends on how much time you’re willing to invest in creating your online resume. Usually it takes a couple of hours, though – website builders make creating a website quick and easy, but you don’t want to rush!