In some industries, it doesn't make sense not to have a personal website. In others, websites that list personal attributes are somewhat unnecessary – or, they were, at least. Now, everyone seems to have a website no matter what industry that person works in.
Most networking conversations go like this now:
“Do you have a business card?”
“No; but I have a Facebook/LinkedIn/Website!”
Clearly, websites are the way to go. But, what can you do with a personal site and do you really need one?
Things to Do With a Personal Websites
- Post your resume.
- Include information about your work experience.
- Add photographs that display your interests.
- Provide a way for people to find you/find out about you.
- Start a blog.
- Show examples of your work.
Reasons Not to Build a Personal Websites
- You work in an industry that isn't really “connected.”
- Business cards and lunch meetings rule your world.
- You don't want to create an online presence (rebel!).
- You don't wan to sign up for a cheap hosting site monthly deal package.
- You have no idea why anyone would want a website.
- You intend to fill your site with lots and lots of words that mean nothing.
Creating a Site
Ready to roll with that site? Remember that you need to update your site regularly in order to keep the content fresh (and keep people interested). If you just let your site fade away, you can't expect people to look at it. Also, it pays to keep site designs simple.
And, lastly, when you are writing content for your site, make sure to spend a lot of time on the ‘About' section of your website. It doesn't have to be long, but it should convey everything you want people to know about you.
Got site questions? Need content help? Ask away!