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Asked by David on October 23, 2016

Is there any benefit to building a resume website, instead of a traditional website? If there is a benefit where should I start?

Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on October 28, 2016

I believe there is a benefit to building a resume website if you are selling your services, starting your own business or consulting. I found this article of the best resume websites (https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-35-best-personal-websites-weve-ever-seen), which offers some good information.If you have career in finance, engineering, it may not be necessary to have such a site. There are many options today in social media for distributing your resume and getting the word out about your skills such as Indeed, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. I would focus on the content of your resume and how you market yourself to your prospective employers. Using these channels, you have the ability to tailor your message and market to the audience of your choice as well as use their technical capabilities to move your information through the Web. 

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Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on October 28, 2016

Having such a web site certainly cannot hurt, but it should not be your only strategy.  If you have a skills set that is in demand and companies are looking for you, this site could be beneficial, but that is assuming that these companies have the tools and sourcing strategies that can reach such sites.  I would recommend having a robust strategy to either promote your site or to push your resume out to prospective employers.  If you can leverage LinkedIn and other networking resources to push your resume out, this will be more effective than only building a resume web site.  A combination of a resume web site and strong networking approach will be most effective.

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Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on December 9, 2016

I would suggest for most jobs and professions at this point, a traditional resume will do, but having the website can be a differentiator for you, which is critical to anyone's job search...how do you stand out from the pack?  Additionally, in certain professions, like design/creative, you essentially need to have a resume website.  The website showcases your design portfolio which could never be done effectively with the traditional resume.

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