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Studies Show You Need a Personal Website

December 20th, 2016

When you’re applying for a job, you’re typically asked to send in your resume and a cover letter. But did you know that 53% of employers have reported that the resume alone does not provide enough information to determine if the candidate would be a good fit? Employers will often turn to the internet to research potential candidates and be assured that they are looking deeper than samples of your work or your work experience — they also want to see if there’s a cultural fit. Do you really want your future employer to base their decisions on your status updates or photos on Facebook?

You need a resume website.

Myth 1: I am not interesting enough to have a website

Having a website is nothing about being interesting. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you have interesting things to share on your website, but having a personal website is much more than that.

Myth 2: I am a private person and I don’t like to be known about

Nobody is saying you have to broadcast your phone numbers and address or plaster your family photos all on your resume website. Your personal website should be about providing professional information so that recruiters and employers can get to know you a bit better professionally.

Benefits of Having a Personal Website

Whether you create a single-page website or a larger portfolio, your personal website serves as a resume. But unlike a standard resume document which is boring and static, a resume website allows you to share information (e.g. clickable links) and demonstrate your creativity and technological skills (e.g. your use of colors and imagery).

Simply put, your personal website is a user-friendly version of the hardcopy resume you hand out.

Other benefits of having a personal/resume website:

•  A website is dynamic — you can always add new things to it. Just update your website from time and time and people can continually come back and see what you’re up to.

•  Having a website gets you found on the internet. Employers will try to look you up on Google. If you don’t have a website all they might get is a Facebook, Twitter or maybe a LinkedIn profile, if you have one.

•  You can use your website to showcase your skills in a more user-friendly way than a resume or hard copy portfolio. For example, include videos and photos of your skills and accomplishments.

Where do I start?

You need a good domain name. If it’s possible, make your domain name yourfirstname+lastname.com. This is the best domain name option for memorability and SEO.

But, if that name is taken, consider throwing in a middle initial or even your full name, as long as it doesn’t make the domain name too long.

For example, if your name is Elizabeth Mary Smith, your domain name options can be:

•  ElizabethSmith.com
•  ElizabethMSmith.com
•  ElizabethMarySmith.com

Don’t use numbers in your domain name and try to avoid dashes if you can.  If a .com domain isn’t available, then try the .net or .me extensions.

What should I put on my personal website?

These are the things your website should have:

1. Focus

If the primary purpose of your website is to help you get a job, then your website needs to focus on that. Things you need to consider: what is the purpose of the website, who is your target visitor, and what skills and information do you want to showcase.

2. Contact information

Make sure employers can easily contact you if they were provided with your website and no other information. Leave off your home address and keep contact information more general, such as your name, email address and phone number.

3. Professional headline

This could be a job title or a short description of the role you want. This way, your visitors gets to remember what you do, as well as giving Google and other search engines more changes to display your website when someone searches for that specific title or role description.

4. About Me page

The key is to keep your About Me page professional and brief. Include additional information that may not be in your resume or cover letter, such as hobbies and interests, awards and accomplishments. You can also include a professional photo, but make sure it’s a high-quality, professionally-taken headshot or wide shot. In other words, a selfie you took with your smartphone wouldn’t do.

5. Work experience or resume

Always include your resume.

6. Samples of your work

Treat your website like a portfolio to showcase examples of your work. In addition to images, you can also include videos and other relevant multimedia.

7. Links

Add links to professional associations you’re a member of, and links to any articles about you. You can also include links to podcasts or audios you’ve recorded. This will help the potential employer know that you’re committed and knowledgeable about your profession.

8. A Blog

A blog is a great way to demonstrate knowledge and show that you’re engaged in the community and/or an expert in your respective field. You don’t have to be a great writer to start a blog.

9. Testimonials or references

You want to share any positive things professionals (e.g. former colleagues or employers) or clients have said about you. It’s best if the same testimonial also resides on your LinkedIn page, so it’s clear that it is from a real person.

10. Social elements

Make it easy for people to connect to all of your social outlets.

11. Contact info

Make sure recruiters and employers can contact you. A contact is typically sufficient, but you may also want to include your phone number and email address.

Now go ahead and create your resume website!

 

 

Take the Hassle out of Ecommerce and Start Selling Online

December 6th, 2016

You usually need 3 things to sell products online: a shopping cart, an SSL certificate and a merchant account with a payment gateway.

It sounds simple, but if you are new to ecommerce, you will discover that the opposite is often true.  Many shopping cart solutions are overly complicated and require some degree of technical knowledge and many hours to set up. Getting a merchant account and linking it up with your shopping cart isn’t straightforward either.

We have seen many users on either eBay, Etsy or Amazon tried to open their own online store but got stuck trying to figure out how to make it all work. Many of them simply return back to selling on marketplaces.

Well, selling on your website doesn’t have to be difficult or technical. In fact, you can start your web store without any technical knowledge or skills required.

Sell your products effortlessly through our product catalog app

Did you know that our drag-and-drop site builder comes with built-in ecommerce features?  All you need to do is choose a template, customize your online store and start selling.

Highlights:

•  Sell up to 2,500 products on your web store
•  Customizable variations for each products (ie. different color, sizes, etc)
•  Integrated PayPal payment processing
•  Flexible product listing including shipping costs, stock status and more

To begin, login to your Doteasy Member Zone and click on Open Website.com Site Builder.

 

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Once you’re in the Site Builder, click Pages to the left and then Add Page.  You will find the Product Catalog app under Products in the Add Page function in the editor.

 

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The Product Catalog application gives you the option to setup your web store as a product catalog only (with no online payment processing) or as a shopping cart and accept online orders.

Online payment processing is processed by PayPal. This means you can accept all major credit cards as well as PayPal payments on your website. All you need is a PayPal account.

By providing your PayPal account email address, the site builder will be able to bridge your web store to the PayPal processor. All payments are handled and processed by PayPal and no payment information will be stored on your Doteasy account or the site builder to ensure maximum security and privacy.

 

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Did you know that you don’t even need a merchant account – PayPal gives you the additional option to have the funds deposited into your PayPal account.

To learn more about the Product Catalog app or if you need further step-by-step instructions on using the app, you can check out Website.com’s Help Library.

How to make your web store stand out from competition

Here are some of the simple but effective things you can do:

1. Include stunning, high-quality product images

2. Use the built-in product status feature to clearly indicate if a product is on sale, out of stock, backordered, etc.

3. Include social sharing buttons (ie. Facebook Like or Pinterest Pin) so that your visitors can easily share your website and products.

4. Display testimonials so that potential customers can read about other people’s experiences with your products and services.

5. Make sure your web store is mobile-friendly. If you are using the Website.com site builder to build your web store, make sure to use the built-in mobile editor to optimize the mobile-version of your web store.

 

 

Adding Google Maps to a Website Page

April 7th, 2014

Sometimes change is hard, but it doesn’t have to be! Google recently released their new “updated” Google Maps – but it’s just as easy as before to embed a custom Google map into your WordPress or any other website.

If you want to include a Google map on just one page, such as your Contact Us page, it’s simple to manually insert one. Here’s our step by step tutorial:

1) Go to Google Maps and type in the location you want.

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2) Click on the Settings icon, (on the bottom right corner) and choose “Share and Embed Map.”

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3) Click “Embed Map.”

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4) Customize your map size by using the drop down menu.  If you’re feeling fancy, feel free to use the custom size option to get the exact dimensions you desire.

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5) Copy the iframe code.

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6) Now log into your WordPress account and paste the code into a post or page – make sure you are on HTML view. For non-WordPress users, paste the code on the page you want to display the map.

Voila! Publish your changes and you are good to go.

For WordPress users, if you want to use a Google Maps plugin, check that out here.

Show us your .ca

March 12th, 2010

show .ca

Submit your video showing CIRA why your .CA website is the greatest thing since text messaging. Make a cool, convincing video and you could walk away with:

• 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro laptop

• 64GB iPod touch

• Flip UltraHD camcorder

Plus

• Exposure on CIRA website and in an upcoming .CA marketing campaign

The video submission deadline is March 15, 2010.

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Do you own a .ca domain? If not, you can register yours now with Doteasy.com. The .ca sale will be ended on March 14, 2010.