I knew it would help to build a website with my resume, but I didn’t realize how much. Ever since publicly launching this site less than a month ago, I have been humbled by all the positive feedback from colleagues, classmates, prospective employers, and on social networks.
A few have even asked me to help build their own websites, although I haven’t decided how much to charge. The truth is that almost anyone is able to build a website like this one. I had never learned how to buy a domain name, web hosting, or to set up the website until I tried it for myself.
I am a firm believer that blogs are capable websites for almost any purpose, so I devised my resume website as a WordPress blog (this part is free). By hosting my own blog (not necessarily free) I needed to set up WordPress in their famous 5-minute installation. This open-source software gives me the ability to customize by adding features and designs to my blog. And since this is a blog, it doesn’t take any advanced knowledge of codes or programming to build it; making this website is as simple as writing with a word processor.
While I would be happy to make a few bucks helping my friends build nice looking websites, but I think they might learn some valuable skills by trying it for themselves. At least a few of my friends have been doing just that on their own websites. And until this site makes the first page of Google search results for my name, it’s going to take a lot more to make my own name stick out from all the other Matthew Hurst’s of the world.
Building this website has been an ongoing process, helping me to consider how it could be improved by incorporating feedback. There is almost always a better way to do this work, so I really appreciate all the feedback so far, but I have trouble taking credit; after all it’s just another WordPress blog.