Deb Dutta

Starter Guide: Students and Job Seekers Personal Brand Website

January 27, 2024

Click here to view a Sample website for a Carnegie Mellon Graduate Student

Scroll down for suggestions on specific sections and content to highlight

Here's a suggested structure for a one-page personal brand website for a university student applying for jobs:

  1. Header:
    • Section Type: Hero
    • Name, university, and a professional photo to create a positive first impression.
  2. Introduction:
    • Section Type: Text
    • A brief introduction highlighting your current status as a student, major, and career aspirations.
  3. Education:
    • Section Type: Educational Background
    • Detail your academic background, including your university, major, GPA (if impressive), and relevant coursework.
  4. Skills:
    • Section Type: Bullet Points
    • List key skills you've acquired through your studies, internships, or extracurricular activities.
  5. Projects and Assignments:
    • Section Type: Grid
    • Showcase notable projects, assignments, or coursework that demonstrate your practical skills and knowledge.
  6. Internship/Work Experience:
    • Section Type: Professional Journey
    • Highlight any internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer experiences you've had, emphasizing skills gained and contributions made.
  7. Extracurricular Activities:
    • Section Type: List
    • Feature involvement in clubs, organizations, or leadership roles that showcase your teamwork and leadership skills.
  8. Portfolio:
    • Section Type: Carousel
    • Create a portfolio section showcasing your best work, such as projects, papers, or presentations.
  9. Resume/CV:
    • Section Type: About Me with CTA to link to your Resume
    • Embed or link to a downloadable version of your resume for employers to easily access.
  10. LinkedIn Profile:
    • Section Type: About Me
    • Link to your LinkedIn profile for a more comprehensive view of your professional background and networking opportunities.
  11. Contact Information:
    • Section Type: Full Width Image with CTA to Email you
    • Include a professional email address and a contact form for potential employers to reach out.
  12. Recommendations:
    • Section Type: Testimonials
    • If applicable, include recommendations from professors, mentors, or colleagues.
  13. Career Aspirations:
    • Section Type: Text
    • Share your career goals and aspirations, demonstrating your enthusiasm for the industry.
  14. Call to Action:
    • Section Type: Text+Media with CTA
    • Encourage employers to connect with you for job opportunities, internships, or informational interviews.

Keep the design clean and professional, focusing on making your skills and experiences easily accessible for potential employers.

Deb Dutta

Founder & CEO, Criya

Founder & CEO Criya, Y Combinator W22, Ex-Head of Product at PayPal Ft. Forbes, New York Times, Tech Crunch, CBS, Google IO

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