If you are a job seeker, do you have your own website/page? I realize if you are already faculty, of course you would… but I am more interested in whether people CREATE websites mainly for job seeking purposes.
Date: 26 Jun 2012 19:02
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I created my own website long before I started looking for jobs, but I think it's a really good idea for job seekers to start up a website if they don't already have one. People will definitely 'google' you if they are interested in your application nowadays. The pageviews on my website went up a lot during job application season.
One thing to keep in mind though, is that if you're going to do it you need to do it right. Your website has to look professional and be aesthethically pleasing (going with one of the simple iWeb templates on a Mac is the easiest way if you don't have the skills to build your own site from scratch). If your site is out of date, in either content or styling, confusing, difficult to navigate, or has pages without information that say "under construction" you will likely make a very bad impression. People will judge you for having a bad site, so if you don't have the time to put into making a good one it's better to not have one at all.
Good point neurogirl. Maybe I'll try to put something simple up this summer.
Did you all just buy the rights to the web address… like yourname.com?
(PS- forgive me for "a websites" - UGH)
I too have a website: snazzy from a Mac template. My only concern is that it's not necessarily a staid, safe style. More specifically, I have a mountain landscape background. Not offensive or anything— I just wonder if I look too much like an "individual." That could be a bad thing for search committees.
Maybe I should tone it down and go for a boring white background to be safe? Thoughts?
da_dude_abides, I don't know what is better, but wow it's a sad state of affairs when we are to the point of discussing whether a mountain background is too wild for search committees. I have to think that if a committee would nix you because of that, you would not want those people for colleagues!
Re: "Did you all just buy the rights to the web address… like yourname.com?"
My academic website is hosted by my university. I don't have a personalized domain name, although I have seen a few academics with them.
My website is also hosted through my university. It's free and easy, and most IT departments have pretty good instructions for setting everything up yourself, so if you can do that it's a good way to go.
As for the "wild" mountain background, I think you're fine being creative and showing your individuality (also, now I'm totally curious to see your website). I have photos from my travels and a colourful header, I don't think you have to go with stark white modern. It's more about things being clearly readable and easy to navigate, IMO. When I think "bad" websites, I think horrible tiled background images, lots of animated gifs, no organization just a list of text links, text in a difficult to read decorative font…
I started a website a year ago. It has been helpful for putting up reprint copies of posters and communicating additional information about me that people might not find in our lab webpage.
I also installed a hit counter which tells what schools are looking at my webpage.
I would get rid of the mountain background. It could look tacky to some people and the last thing you want is for people's opinion about you to be swayed by such a silly detail as a mountain background.
I think it is a great idea to have a website.
You can build them for free using google websites.
They have a template for academic folks that you can use.
I have no experience at all with web design. I hired an undergrad to do it, but that was more for the time involved, not difficulty. Just make sure to load your pdfs as a file, not a document.