Recent data shows that there are almost a billion websites in the world today, and that over 140,000 websites are being created every day. Websites have become so ubiquitous that we can’t do without them; from doing a Google search, to shopping on Amazon, to reading your favorite blog, there’s a high probability that you can’t spend one day without searching something on Google or access a website in some way.
The real question, though, is that as a career person is there any benefit to having your own website? Well, this article shares some practical benefits that come with having your own website today:
1. It Can Help You Land Your Dream Job
There have been numerous reports from people who were able to land their dream job as a result of their website, and a notable and viral example was that of Matthew Epstein in 2011. In an attempt to get Google to hire him, Matt created the website googlepleasehire.me, and the website quickly got a flurry of media mentions that exposed him to millions of people. In the end, Epstein didn’t get the job with Google but dozens of other companies reached out to him and he eventually got his dream job.
Another notable example of someone who landed his dream job due to his website is Leslie Samuel. According to Leslie, he wasn’t qualified on paper for the job, but his website helped him to eventually get a lecturing job at a university due to the success of his website.
So, having a website can showcase the valuable contributions you can make to decision makers and help you land a job without you having to go through a rigorous interview process.
2. It Helps You Become More Articulate
Decision makers at notable companies have come out several times to say that they won’t hire people who can’t write well; a good example is David J. Katz, who makes hiring decisions at a company that employs over 5,000 people. According to David, one of the essential traits an employee needs to absolutely have in order to succeed is communication, and good writers possess this.
If you have a website, you’re most likely going to be writing on a regular basis; whether it is by updating key pages or publishing a blog, there’s a high likelihood that you’ll write every once in a while. This will make you more articulate and as a result improving your chances of getting your dream job.
3. You Can Demonstrate Your Expertise
By having a website, you can demonstrate your expertise to potential employers; since there’s nobody over you, restricting your activities, you can be more creative and freely demonstrate your skills, thereby increasing your chances of being noticed.
Leslie Samuel, who I mentioned earlier on, was hired because he demonstrated his expertise on his biology blog; he soon had professors, pharmacists, lecturers, nurses and other key people in his industry reading his blog. He convinced them that he was an expert in his field, and that quickly led to his dream job.
4. It Teaches You the Discipline Required to Succeed at a Job
It takes real effort and discipline to build a successful website, and whether your role on your website is to be writing or programming, you will most likely see yourself doing it on a constant basis. This discipline will become invaluable when you get a job in the future, and it will eventually make it easier for you to climb the career ladder to success.
5. It Fosters Connections with People from All Over the World
One of the biggest advantages of a website is that it is universal; people from all over the world, including countries you’ve never heard of before, can be reading your website. This helps with developing relationships with people from all over the world, giving you insight into foreign culture and fostering connections with people who can help you grow as a professional.
The biggest companies in the world are not local, they are international; nothing beats having a connection with someone in a foreign country you can link up, should your company decide to, one day, send you on a mission there. It never hurts to be prepared.
6. It Helps You Respond to Feedback
When you have a website, you’ll be able to get feedback from all over the world; while this can be considered as a disadvantage for some, it can also be a major advantage for others; you’ll get feedback from all and sundry, and will slowly develop a thick skin for criticism. This makes it much easier to respond to feedback at your workplace and learn to absorb criticism and turn it into positive advice for your career.
How to Start Your Own Website
Here are some practical tips for starting your own website:
- Choose a domain name
- Choose a web host (here’s a list of top web hosts based on efficiency)
- Link up your domain name with your web host
- Install a Content Management System that helps you update your website (you can use WordPress, Drupal or Joomla. Here’s a comparison)
- Start updating your website
What do you think? Do you agree that a website helps your career? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.