Have you ever Googled yourself? Maybe now’s the time.

As a student, having your own website might not seem so important now, but it certainly might be once it comes time to showcase yourself. After all, everyone knows that every graduate needs to have a CV or resume. They are the key pieces which let you describe your qualifications and all the rest. CVs are tremendously important especially for graduate students, but they are also limited in some crucial ways.

Specifically, it’s almost impossible for someone to read or find your CV unless you send it to them personally. As a student or graduate student trying to put your name “out there”, just having a CV limits your audience to — nearly nobody. Plus, your CV is a static document. This means that you continuously have to update your CV and send out new copies from time to time.

What’s the solution?

  • Personal websites are dynamic. As soon as you gain new skills or experience, or win an award, you can update your website.
  • Websites are easy to find and explore
  • Write more than two pages. Usually CV’s are a small snapshot of a bigger picture, with a website you can tell your story in a more comprehensive way.
  • It’s much more impressive than merely a Facebook or LinkedIn profile. You can design the website to your liking, so it’s most suitable to showcase your accomplishments and talents. You control precisely what people can see, and how they will see it. It even shows that you can pull off a technical task like constructing a website.
  • You stand out. While all students should have a website, few do. This means having one helps you stand above the pack.
  • You’ll learn new skills. While it isn’t hard to build your own site, the process will teach you new skills that are advantageous to have in almost every industry or field of work.
  • It will help you get work. Regardless of whether you’re searching for a position as a graduate or post-graduate student, or looking for work in industry, having a website is a powerful personal branding tool. In fact, recent studies show that 56% of hiring managers are far more impressed by personal websites than by any other tool — while only 7% of job applicants have a website of their own.
  • It lets you control what people find about you. Almost all potential employers (whether academic or in industry) will Google candidates to find out more about them. If you have your own site, you now have the option to offer a portfolio of information describing your best qualities.

Before you get started

Invest in a Privacy Policy, even if you think your website is small and wont get much attention. If you have a contact form or collect any data from your audience you will most definitely need a privacy policy as it is mandatory by law in Australia.  If you don’t, Google might drop your site from the search results, so they don’t get into legal issues.

What you should include

  • Introduction: Its good to welcome your visitors with a short introduction. Keep it simple but include your personal details such as name, age and main academic qualifications.
  • Write a story: Tell readers your personal story, your struggles and achievements remember this is about putting your best foot forward, don’t be afraid to be unique.
  • Attach CV and Personal Statements: Although Websites are a great space to showcase your talents, remember than there are still companies who need to formally have a CV and Personal Statement for reference purposes.
  • Professional Content: Keep your website professional and free from spelling errors, typos or too much personal information. No employer wants to know what you did last summer.

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Alex Pejak is an economist currently working on a few projects in Australia. She is passionate about market research and project management. She is also interested in topics related to business IT and career development.

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