By Jeff Gillis & Mike Simpson
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This is Part 3 of a 3-part series on getting more job interviews and more job offers:
- Part 1 – How To Get More Job Interviews and Job Offers With This Powerful New Strategy
- Part 2 – How To Create Your Own Personal Branding Website In 15 Minutes
- Part 3 – [You Are Here] How To Make Your Personal Branding Website Job Search Ready
If you’re reading this article there is a good chance that you’ve secured your domain name, have created your Wix account and have started editing your personal branding website.
You’re now on your way to getting more job interviews AND more job offers!
(By the way, if you haven’t done any of the above, what are you waiting for? Having a personal branding website is one of the most powerful tools you can add to your job search portfolio! Click here to learn more about this powerful new strategy.)
But what if I told you that there were a few more small tweaks you could make to your website that would really impress hiring managers and increase your chances of job search success even more?
Well for one, you might get a little squeamish in your chair at the thought of having to put your “tech hat” on and start mucking around on your website.
Luckily, we decided to make it painfully easy for you to do (hey, it’s what we do!) by putting together four easy-to-follow videos that will help turn your basic personal website into a job-getting branding machine!
Take the time to go through the four videos below and where possible, make some of the improvements that we recommend.
Now of course, everything we suggest is completely optional (just having a personal website puts you among the elite job seekers), but it never hurts to go the extra mile when it comes to showing off your personal brand.
How To Connect Your Domain Name To Your Wix Website & Get Rid Of Ads
If you’ve made it this far, you’ve probably already completed this step, right?
Joking aside, this is an absolutely crucial step that must be completed in order to ensure that your website looks professional.
I can’t think of a single hiring manager that would be impressed by a website that is covered in advertisements for Wix, not to mention one that would be wowed by seeing www.yourname.wix.com/online-resume or something similar on all of your application documents.
There really isn’t much point in going through all of this trouble if you aren’t going to make sure that your personal branding website is professional looking!
Now of course, Wix is going to charge you a small monthly fee for you to do this, but so will every other website builder out there (and Wix is among the most affordable).
The great part is, for the cost of a couple Big Macs you can make sure your site is completely “on brand” and ready to impress your hiring manager.
So go ahead and finish this step before moving on!
How To Supercharge Your Personal Website Homepage
When a hiring manager visits your website, what is the first thing they are going to see?
Now that you’ve connected your domain and removed the Wix ads, you’re going to need to make sure that you’ve completely edited your homepage so that it reflects all of your personal information.
We keep bringing up first impressions, and that’s because they are such an important part of the job interview process.
So you need to take a little bit of time and make sure that your homepage is on point.
In this short video we are going to walk you through exactly what you need to do to ensure that you make a great first impression on anyone visiting your site.
3 Personal Website “Hacks” That You Can Use to Impress Hiring Managers
Everybody loves a good “hack” (unless it involves your bank account of course!)…
Hacks for websites are no different, so we thought we would put together a video that highlights three of our favorites.
Adding one or more of these three hacks to your site can really take it to the next level, and the best part is, they are fairly easy to do.
Now, don’t forget these things are completely optional so you don’t absolutely need to have them. But there is also no reason for you to be intimidated by adding them because we’re going to walk you through the process in the video below.
Learn about these three awesome hacks by watching the video below!
Case Study: How Having A Blog Helped Victoria Michelson Get Multiple Job Offers
In case you were wondering how powerful a blog can actually be when it comes to your job search, check out this quote from Victoria Michelson:
“As an experiment, I started to include an invitation to visit my website anytime I sent out a job application. I’d expected to generate a bit of traffic by doing this, and to show more of my personality than I could communicate in a brief cover letter, but I did not anticipate the overwhelming, positive response I got from prospective employers who took the time to check out my blog.
They would send emails complimenting my writing style and leave thoughtful comments on my posts. This led to real, personal conversations about mutually important issues that laid common ground when it came time for my interview. And I was told more than once that I was being offered the job because my blog and the discussions it generated gave the hiring committee confidence in both my skills and my character.”
Victoria Michelson relaying her story over on IdealistCareer.com
How To "Tailor" Your Personal Branding Website
Over here at Interview Guys Headquarters we REALLY like to talk about tailoring.
Because this is the strategy that we have taught millions of our students to help them absolutely destroy their job interviews... it flat out works.
The great part is, our tailoring method can be easily applied to a personal branding website.
In fact, personal websites were "tailor-made" (pun intended) for tailoring.
Making a few small tweaks to your site that are tailored to the industry, company and position you are interviewing with/for can make your hiring manager visualize you as an employee of their company before you even step foot in the interview room, and of course, this is a good thing.
So watch the video below to learn how you can tailor your personal website, because it might just be the most powerful thing you can do for your personal brand.
Thanks for reading and watching! Good luck building your personal branding website!
If you want to check out our example personal branding website head to: jimcanlon.com