A few weeks ago (in this blog post) we talked about how you can use a personal website to build your brand and effectively market yourself. Now I’ve put together a short list of inspiring personal websites to help you get started on building your own. A curated website is your calling card to the world; it’s where you can show off the very best of what you have to offer, and also clearly communicate what you are looking for.
Your digital first impression
In this digital age, you’ll likely make your first impression long before you ever meet someone in person, so it should be one of your top priorities to build a purposeful and cohesive online presence. Do you want someone’s first encounter with you to be over some old spring break pictures from your university years or a plethora of cute dog videos (even though I love cute dog videos!)? A personal website will help you make the first impression YOU want to make.
There’s no need to create page after page of content just for the sake of trying to build an impressive site. In fact, some of the most effective (and impressive) sites I’ve visited contain only 1 clear, concise page.
Back in secondary school (that’s high school for any non-Quebecers out there), I had an English teacher (her name was Sister Ginny) who had a great response to the age-old question, “how long does my essay have to be?” She always told us that a great essay was like a great skirt – long enough to cover the subject but short enough to keep it interesting. She was so right, and her advice keeps helping me over 20 years later.
Apply Sister Ginny’s wise words to your website and you can’t go wrong. Keep your goal in mind and remember: your site needs to reflect you and your goal, not someone else’s! Use this incredible platform to highlight the best of yourself and let the world know what you have to offer.
Inspiration for building a great personal website
If you’re like me, you like to gather a little inspiration before starting on a new project. So to help you get started, I’ve pulled together a few of my favourite personal websites to serve as an inspiration to help you build your own amazing website. All the sites have been created by ambitious women (with the exception of one man!); they are entrepreneurs, artists, students, and career climbers.
I’ve also tried to pull together websites that showcase different levels of website-building knowledge, and also women who are at different stages of building their brand – some just at the beginning, some already very advanced. The point is, of course fancy websites are cool, but a clear, simple or even basic site will work just as well.
And to be clear: I am not in any way suggesting you copy these sites! I am presenting them only to help get your creative juices flowing.