At present, creating an online resume has the enormous influence on job hunting, especially under the great employment pressure. Besides, there is an increasing number of employers performing online searches to learn more about people with whom they are to engage. In this case, if you are looking for a job, we highly recommend you to generate an online resume to introduce yourself about who you are, what you can do, what you are interested and many more. While WordPress has become a popular script for setting up this kind of online platform, in the following, we have come out a comprehensive and instructive tutorial about how to make a resume online in WordPress.
Thanks to a bundle of benefits as below, both employers and employees feel satisfied with this new-style way to seek for a job and elite.
- The online resume is available for visitors round-the-clock. Employers are able to enter an online resume in anytime as they want.
- Online resume leaves job hunters enough room to add personal information and highlight each page with personalized design.
- People are able to update personal information in time and guarantee an up-to-date self-display.
- Owners are allowed to insert image, video and audio into the resume to make the presentation vivid.
- It’s convenient to add links to some masterworks and bring visitors to sample pages.
- Connect with social networking and shared the resume with other users thereby letting more employers know the resume.
- It is much easier to send resume to employers via email. However, the paper resume cannot help you achieve that goal.
About the Common Resume Website
In fact, there are several methods to showcase an online resume. For instance, some of you may choose to upload your resume to your existing website, acting as the Word document or the FTP file. However, the drawback is that people cannot check your resume content directly from your site. Instead, they should click the file link to open or download the file for checking. Frankly speaking, most HRs are not willing to click that link if they do not know who you are.
In this case, we highly recommend you to adopt the following methods for showcasing the online resume.
- Generate a unique page on your website to display your resume information. You can link that page URL to your sidebar or navigation for the highlighting purpose.
- Use a special resume plugin to create and maintain your resume in a more effective and easier way.
- Link your social media platforms to your website to better introduce yourself.
Even, you can run a stand-alone website to show all the resume information. Here, you can make your resume page as the homepage or the frontpage.
In the most cases, the online resume should bear the information including your education, working experience, personal summary, contact information, skills, experts, interests, samples of your great jobs and some valuable certifications if you have.
Set Up a WordPress Site If You Do Not Have One Yet
If you already have a WordPress site and are looking to show your online resume on this site, then, you can pass this step. Otherwise, you need to follow these three steps in advance.
- Purchase a WordPress hosting
- Register your domain name
- Build your own WordPress website
The quality WordPress hosting is the base of your website. In this case, you should choose the truly reliable one that makes sure that your online resume can be checked by HRs all the times with the fast loading speed. We are not willing to focus on this part too much, but leave the top 3 hosting providers for the WordPress script as below. You can choose one of them based on your budgets and your hosting needs.
As for the domain name, if you want to set up a dedicated resume site for yourself, we highly recommend you to use your real name as the domain name.
After purchasing the domain and the hosting service, you can install WordPress to start your website running. Here, we’d like to take the Softaculous installer as an example.
Firstly, log into cPanel with your account and go to Software and Services > Softaculous. Softaculous is a great 1-click installer available for the installation of more than 300 scripts that include WordPress.
Once entering the Softaculous interface, you are in the face of WordPress. Move the mouse onto WordPress and then click Install.
And now, you are required to choose protocol and the most suitable domain from the drop-down.
Move on to Site Settings and Admin Account. You need to name your site uniquely and think out an attractive site description. For Admin Account, we suggest you to change the default admin username and set a strong admin password.
Click Install to finish the WordPress installation. Follow the given URL and go to the resume website backend with your admin username and password.
Make a Resume Online
Before setting up the resume site, you have to determine what you want to display on the website. To help employers have a comprehensive understanding about your strong points, we suggest you to add your information to different sections. For example, we set several pages on our website named as About Me, Education Experience, Working Experience, My Specialty and Contact Me.
Let’s get started to create those pages right now! Log into your WordPress dashboard and go to Pages > Add New. Here, you can add a self-introduction on this page. Click Publish to make this page public.
And then, you are required to create the left 4 pages one by one in the same way. All newly created pages are shown in Pages > All Pages.
- Education Experience page should introduce the graduate institutions, time of graduation, major & degree, honors & awards during university and something more.
- Working Experience page should include the information about your previous job, like the positions you have held, how long you have worked on the previous company, and something else reflects your capability.
- My Specialty page should list all of your shining points so as to make you out of ordinary.
- Contact Me page should include specific contact information, like phone number, email, residential address and some other contact details.
- You are encouraged to add more pages on your resume website.
To display those pages orderly in the website menu, you need to do this via Appearance > Menus. The first step is to create a new menu and give it a unique name. Here, we take “Main Resume” as an example. Click Create Menu if you have entered the menu name.
Under the Pages option, check the pages that need to be added to your menu. Click Add to Menu.
You can drag and drop each item to adjust the order. Besides, if you want to make an item subject to another one, you just need to move it slightly to the right. Like what we’ve shown you in the following screenshot, we make the Education Experience page and Working Experience page go with the About Me page.
Besides, you need to determine whether to add new top-level pages to this menu via Menu Settings. Click Save Menu to end this procedure. Finally, the menu should look like the following screenshot.
Keep in mind that you need to make your text presentation as attractive as possible.
Make Use of the Resume Builder Plugin
The manual way allows you to make your whole WordPress a resume showcasing platform. However, if you just want to show the resume information on a specific page, you can use the Resume Builder plugin. You do not need to make any settings for it, but can generate the resume directly by clicking the Resumes > Add New button after the plugin installation.
Firstly, you need to give a name to this new resume and move down to the Resume Builder part. Here, you should hit the Add Resume Sections button to generate multiple blocks to display your resume. The sections include two types – Introduction Block and Default Block.
The Introduction Block allows you to show the introductory information about yourself. For instance, you can introduce yourself using the text or the media and upload your photos for people to recognize you. And also, you can display some call-to-action buttons to lead people to your social media accounts or your previous hard-working items.
As for the Default Block, this is a great area to display the information about your academic information and job experiences.
Now, you can move to the Resume Widgets part that allows you to enter your contact information, such as the email, phone, website and physical address.
The last part is to add the skills information. Here, you can tell people what your expertise is, the details and the expertise levels.
Now, you can publish this resume and get the resume shortcode. Here, you just need to copy and paste the shortcode to any page you are looking to show the resume.
Pay Much Attention to Page Design
In addition to an all-sided verbal description, you are required to pay much attention to your resume design. And now, select an elegant resume theme from thousands of free options on WordPress.org, or search one via Dashboard > Appearance > Themes. Here, we select the theme called D5 Corporate Lite. Install and activate this theme right now.
Go to Appearance > CORPORATE Options to customize this theme. There is a bundle of options allowing you to make a big change to your website.
In most cases, the theme for resume site leaves a place for your profile, which is the key to making a good initial impression. You can upload an image via Media > Add New, and then copy and paste the image URL to the appointed blank. Remember to shape the image by rule.
And then, this theme requires us to showcase a bottom quotation, which can be a brief introduction about your career.
There are four featured boxes available to add anything as you want, which enable you to add links to the certain pages. Here, we extract a few words from some typical posts.
Click Save Options when settling down all options. Note that, no matter which theme you pocket, you need to make full use of the custom settings and make your resume site fascinating and eye-catching.
When previewing the site, we find that the theme logo is shown on the top of our home page, so we decide to hide it. Go to Appearance > Header > Header Image and click Hide Image button. And then, end with Save & Publish button. Certainly, you are also allowed to set the header as a preferred image.
For the background, if the existing one is not satisfactory, you can change the background color or replace it to a preferred image via Appearance > Background.
To let more people know your resume, we suggest you to go with social networking by adding social media buttons to your resume site. It is regarded as one of the most effective methods to promote a website. Maybe now, you get a general understanding about how to make a resume online by using WordPress and itch to have a try. So, it’s time to show your capabilities.