Listing your personal web site URL on your resume: Should you do it? An unfortunate common error on resumes is the inclusion of the URL of a personal web site that contains inappropriate content. This is a quick way to let employers know you lack judgment or maturity.
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Use our Career Counseling Services to ask a career advisor to review your web site for appropriate content.
DON'T INCLUDE a reference to a web site that contains:
Photos of yourself that are not business appropriate*. NO bathing suit photos, NO photos consuming alcohol, NO photos casually socializing with friends. *A caution about photos: Photos should never appear on a resume unless you're applying for an acting / theatrical position where appearance is a bona fide occupational qualification. Therefore the best approach is not to provide a photo in any form (on-line or otherwise) in connection with your job search. Employers are prohibited from making hiring decisions based on appearance or other factors not relevant to the job qualifications; therefore employers want to avoid seeking out information that is not appropriate to consider.
Jokes, animated or otherwise.
Cartoon characters doing inappropriate things. True story: student submits a resume listing web site URL. Web page contains animated character obstructing a SU logo. Student did not get an interview.
Nothing but your name - no other personal information. What's the point, other than to show that you don't know how to create a web page?
YOU MAY INCLUDE a reference to a web site that contains:
A copy of your resume (redundant, perhaps, but appropriate if you keep your on-line version strictly up-to-date).
Copies of reference letters, certifications, or other documents that are relevant to your job search.
Academic or professional papers, abstracts, lists of professional papers, presentations, etc.
Writing samples, if appropriate to the positions you are seeking.
Items that might appear in a portfolio.
Photos you've taken, or photos of artwork or other creative projects that are relevant to your being considered for a job. Be aware of load time on graphic images; if it takes too long to load, no one's going to see it.
Samples of your web development work, if the content and skills displayed are appropriate to the positions you are seeking.