If you are running a personal blog with steady traffic, you may want to add a resume section to make it easy for you to be found by the prospective employers and clients. Fortunately, WordPress is a good CMS that allows you to display all your contact details, showcase your works, and add any other information without much difficulty.
However, to create an online resume with WordPress that works for your purpose, you have to draft your resume carefully before taking it online to make sure it includes all the important information and does not distract the viewers with unnecessary things. To deliver a sense of professionalism, you also have to pay attention to the use of words.
This tutorial will introduce an easy way to create a resume and display it on your WordPress site. But before presenting the steps, we’d like to discuss the different sections that need to be included in a good resume.
What Should You Include in the Resume?
You can design your resume in any way you like, but pay attention that an effective resume must include some essential sections which deliver the information that employers and clients need.
For most resumes, the following sections are necessary. However, you should not simply follow the template. Try to tailor a resume based on your target audience, instead.
- Summary. The short summary is usually two or three sentences that describe your competence, the job you are seeking, and the valuable working experience.
- Contact information. You can include any of your contact details, including email address, phone, and social links in the resume. A contact form is also recommended for preventing spam.
- Experience. A list of working experience with the duration, project and responsibility details helps employers know what you are capable of.
- Skills. Tell employers the technical skills you have acquired, and what you are good at.
- Education. For companies having requirements on the degree, the education information lets employers find out whether you meet their basic requirement.
- Awards & certifications. These things work as the complement to your competence.
- Portfolios. This section could include images, links and graphics that help showcase your achievements.
Generally, there are two easy ways to create an online resume with WordPress: making using of a resume theme, or installing a resume plugin. The former method enables you to display a resume on a standalone website, while the latter usually works to help you add a resume section to an existing WordPress site.
As most people do not start a new site merely for a resume, we will detail the plugin method in the following parts. The plugin selected for this tutorial is Resume Builder which offers simple-to-use blocks and shortcodes. It is currently the most popular plugin in its kind and has maintained a good user rating.
Create Your Online Resume with Resume Builder
Firstly, you have to install the plugin in your WordPress dashboard. After the activation, you can see a new menu item named “Resumes”. As the plugin does not come with any extra settings, you should now start creating your first resume by clicking Resumes > Add New.
As you can see, the interface offered by the plugin is quite simple and straightforward. After entering a title for the new resume, simply follow the steps below to complete it.
Add personal introductions
In the “The Resume Builder” section, you are able to add different blocks of content to your resume, and the first thing you should do is to add the introductions to yourself. To do this, click on the “Add Resume Section” button and then select “Introduction Block” in the dropdown.
In the form that appears, you can add photos and introductions about yourself. Make sure that you have followed the requirement for image size strictly. And for the introduction text, you can edit it in the way you deal with any normal WordPress post because you are offered the same editor.
At the end of the form, you will get an option to add introduction buttons. Here, you can add clickable call-to-action buttons to take the viewers to any content you want them to see, for example, the contact info and the portfolio, or encourage them to take other actions you want.
To add a button, click on the “Add Button” button. This gets you a form in which you have to fill out the button label, link and style. Repeating these actions, you can add multiple buttons.
After finishing the buttons, you can continue providing more information about yourself.
Add blocks for education, awards and more
Click on the “Add Resume Section” button again, and now choose “Default Block”. With the default block, you can add the sections for your education information, awards, working experience and more with ease.
Let’s take working experience as an example. Firstly, enter a section title like “Experience”. Secondly, click on “Add Subsection” and select “Detailed Row”. Thirdly, add the detailed information about an experience. Then, add more rows for more experiences.
The steps for adding blocks for education and other details are the same as what are done above.
Add a contact info widget
Your contact information is of great importance in the resume because you will want the employers to get in touch with you easily and quickly through phone, email, social networks, etc. As Resume Builder comes with a contact info widget, you can add your contact details directly into it.
Note that the plugin we use here does not come with social buttons, so if you want to allow employers to contact you on Facebook, Twitter or other platforms, you need to manually add the social buttons to WordPress.
Add skills in your resume
Below the contact info widget, you will see a widget for skills. To add a skill, click on the “Add Skill” button. Then, fill out the form with the skill title and description. A favorable option here is that the plugin allows you to select a star rating from 0.5-5 for each skill so as to make your competencies clearer to employers. Numerous skills are supported.
When you have taken all the steps discussed above, you can preview the resume, and then save it as a draft or publish it immediately to make it available to the public.
Also, you can repeat these steps to make more resumes so that you can tailor one for each of your targeted jobs.
Display the Resume on Your Site
After publishing the resume, you get two choices of displaying it. Depending on your needs, you can add a custom navigation menu for your resume, or showcase it on any page by using the shortcodes.
Display the resume with a navigation menu
This option is highly recommended if you want to make the resume an important part of your WordPress site. To do so, you need to go to Appearance > Menus, find the “Resumes” tab and expand it. There you can see all the resumes you have created. Select the one that you want to display, and click on “Add to Menu”.
Then, adjust the order of the menu items, and save the menu. Now you can visit your site to see the navigation menu and your resume in action.
Display the resume with shortcodes
After a resume is published, the Resume Builder plugin will generate several shortcodes which you can use based on your needs. With these shortcodes, you are able to display the full resume, the introduction only, the skills, or the contact info anywhere you want. Simply copy and paste the corresponding shortcode at the place you like – posts, pages, or the sidebar.
Below is an example of showcasing the contact info of a resume in the sidebar.