The Ultimate Guide to Creating a Canva Resume Website

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With the Great Resignation driving many people back to the job market, job hunters now face more competition than ever. Standing out is a must. But how exactly do you stand out when hiring managers, on average, glance at resumes for a mere 7 seconds?

The answers lie in upgrades—specifically, an upgrade from a simple PDF resume to a resume website.

Why create a website for your resume?

Think of a resume website as an interactive version of your resume. Unlike standard CVs or resumes, a resume website gives you the option to add attention-grabbing graphics and clickable links to your portfolio and social media.

Another plus factor: a resume website is easier to share. Sending a link is much more convenient than sending a downloadable file. It’s also easier to edit and maintain.

Resume websites are for everybody

Resume websites, at first glance, may seem suited to creative professionals only, who need to show their body of work to back up their credentials. But even if you’re not in the creative industry, you can still benefit from it.

Your resume website doesn’t have to be complicated to catch attention. You can easily create one yourself using free website builders, like Canva Websites. Canva Websites is Canva’s very own website-building tool that publishes beautiful and professional-looking one-page sites.

Here are some of the things you’ll love at Canva Websites:

  • It’s a free and easy to use tool—no coding or design know-how required
  • You can create a resume website within minutes using our templates
  • With your free account, you can host your resume website at my.canva.site/yourname.
  • If you have a Canva Pro account, you can connect your existing domain to use with Canva Websites or purchase one.

How to Build a Resume Website with Canva Websites

Log in to your free Canva account. In the search field, type “resume website” or “resume website template” or click here.

Select a template and click on it to go to the editing dashboard.

Let’s use this sleek resume website template as an example:

Add photos, graphics, illustrations, icons, and logos to your design.

Switch up the color scheme.

Choose a font set that matches the theme of your resume website.

Upload your own photos and images. Drag and drop them onto your design.

Once done, click Publish as Website.

You can use the free Canva domain, but if you have a Canva Pro account, you can purchase a domain through us or link to your existing domain.

To optimize the website for your resume, edit the tab name and website description.

How to Make Your Online Resume Website Stand Out

As with any traditional resume, the goal of your resume website is to grab the hiring manager’s attention and keep them interested to continue reading your amazing credentials. Having a resume website may put you atop the pile, but you shouldn’t be complacent. Your resume website should show your personality, attention to detail, and that you’re a great choice for the company and position.

Sounds like a tough nut to crack? Well, here are some best practices you can apply to your one-page resume website that will help land you that coveted interview:

Personalize your resume website down to the last detail

No detail is too small on a resume website. Start with your domain. If you’re using a my.canva.site domain for free, make sure your subdomain looks professional.

See that icon beside page tab titles? You can also personalize that on your own one-page resume website. Create a favicon on Canva then update your one-page site by tapping the Canva button and uploading your favicon. Use square images in JPG or PNG (at least 180 x 180 pixels) for best results.

Before hitting Publish, preview it. Check your font combo and color motif—are they consistent? Get another set of eyes to review your text for typos. All these details add up, so one last check won’t hurt.

Make it visual

One advantage of a resume website is that you can use more visuals compared to a standard paper resume. So take advantage of this feature, but be sure to balance the visuals and text.

A great way to do that is by incorporating an infographic into your resume. Canva has a few timeline infographic templates that you can use to visualize your professional history.

If you’re an artist, you can include samples of your best work on your one-page resume website. Upload your files in high-resolution format then drag and drop them onto your design. You can put a short and sweet caption to describe each piece or add an artist’s statement to summarize your work.

With your free Canva account, you can create up to 5 live, one-page Canva Websites. One of these 5 one-page sites can be your portfolio, where you can showcase your entire body of work. Make sure to link to your portfolio so that your hiring manager or prospective client can see the evolution of your work, as well as the breadth of your skills and abilities.

Add more ways to showcase your hireability

Surveys have shown that recruiters do, in fact, check social media when making a hiring decision. So be one step ahead of them and insert links to your social media on your resume site. Make sure, though, that your social media pages are up to snuff before showcasing them on your application. Use Canva templates for your LinkedIn and Facebook banners and your Instagram stories or posts. Other links you can add are your blog or personal website, if you have them.

Another section you can add to your resume website is testimonials. These can come from clients, your network on LinkedIn, or even followers who gave positive feedback on your passion projects online. Don’t overload this field, though. Limit the testimonials to the most current and relevant ones.

Get organized

With so many elements you can put on your one-page resume website, it’s easy to get carried away and fill it to the brim with data. Don’t fall for this mistake; don’t bombard the reader with information. Make sure the site is easy to follow. The important thing is to give your prospective employer or client a full picture of your professional history, your skills (both soft and hard), and your branding and personality.

Lastly, it would be great to include your print resume in your website, so your hiring managers have this option. Just be sure that both versions of your resume are consistent in terms of design and content to avoid confusion.

Get ahead of the curve with a resume website

Traditional resumes may not be completely on the way out, but it’s always good to prepare for the changing job market landscape. It shows that you’re ready to get ahead of the curve and are adaptable to change. In addition to these qualities, having a resume website is a great showcase for your proactivity and creativity—all of which will surely make you stand out.

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