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Go RaaW


Stand out from the crowd with your Résumé-as-a-Website.

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Go RaaW


Stand out from the crowd with your Résumé-as-a-Website.

why raaw résumé?

Our modern workforce is highly competitive and hiring proper talent is inherently risky for employers. Your résumé should stand out about above the rest and should also alleviate your audience's risk.

Attention spans are dwindling and traditional application processes offer little visual real estate to communicate your brand message. Your résumé isn't entitled to attention - attention is earned. It should save time but also offer enough content to entice and draw them both deeper and further across.

Your résumé should offer a unique perspective drawing its viewer through an interactive experience. It should be a dynamic representation of your personal and professional brands - bringing your prospective partner or employer to better understand how you could fit into their team and contribute to their results.

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Save your viewer time but offer opportunities to draw them deeper.

Web résumés offer you more attention real estate for one primary reason - people are conditioned to and expect to navigate and absorb vats of information in website format. From the products they buy to the CRM they use at they work to the social and private communications channels they use every day - all provide information in a visually similar structure.

Traditional résumés definitely have their place and should also compete for the same attention real estate as your RaaW Résumé™. But traditional résumés are inherently limited in the physical visual space they offer to communicate your message and they are fixed in their content. RaaW™ résumés are dynamic and can be updated as you see fit - updating your audience in real-time.

Model your Résumé-as-a-Website after your traditional résumé in terms of core content and layout.

 
 
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build your own


Develop. Own. Launch. Iterate.

build your own


Develop. Own. Launch. Iterate.

 

Recommended tools

We work primarily with Squarespace but we are also fans of the visual themes on Wix and Wordpress. Each has benefits depending on the degree of complexity you require. Since you won't necessarily be transacting, chatting, or collecting much data through your RaaW Résumé, you really only need a platform that will offer several pages. Each offers its own unique user interface - start a trial offer on any site and for ease of customization and creative manipulation.

 
 

Wix

Wix has built a whole business model around web résumés and offers lots of different templates. They offer hundreds of templates, tons of galleries, even email campaign tools. In addition, the tool's drag and drop feature means you don't have to be a coder to develop your own website. $14/month for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Squarespace

This RaaW Résumé™ is hosted on Squarespace. While Squarespace doesn't offer résumé themes like Wix does per se, the platform does feature drag and drop design functionality and even a tool to make your own logo. After the trial period, Squarespace is $16/month for personal sites with unlimited storage. Their domain search tool offers a 'fun' filter - which gives you access to domains like .fail, .ninja, and .wtf.

WordPress

Open sourced means that WordPress is economically accessible - their mission is "to democratize publishing one website at a time". Financially sustained by both premium customers and advertisers, their business model is similar to Pandora's. WordPress also has significant marketshare - 27% of the entire web (by their own account). Though they do offer and promote templates for personal websites, they don't necessarily offer résumé templates. I tried learning it a few years ago but found the Squarespace interface to be much more intuitive to interact with.

develop your content

Work from the same backbone or wireframe of your traditional résumé. Make sure you have portraits of yourself. Iconizing your core values can leave powerfully lasting images in the minds of your audience about who you are, how you approach developing solutions and adding value. You should also have logos  representing previous employers, organizations to which you belong , and schools from which you've graduated. Show your support team - your references from former colleagues, superiors, and mentors - and where they're from with a link back to their RaaW Résumé or LinkedIn profile (just get their permission first).

own your domain

This is stage was my favorite. Your RaaW Résumé should be hosted on a URL link unique to your brand. You shouldn't have your host's name in the URL - for example circammiv . squarespace .com versus circammiv.com. URLs with custom domains can be purchased through Google Domains for as little as $11/year - mine was $12 but others I've purchased are between $19 and $30/year. Customizing links with new domains is a standard of internet branding. One of the most fun domains is the .ninja domain - choose this domain for a seriously silly brand (circammiv .ninja). Search for custom URLs using the 'ALL DOMAINS' filter to see a full list of the domains available to you. While you're at it - you should also create a self-branded email address (ex: info @circammiv .ninja)

launch and iterate

You'll be tempted to hold off on launching your RaaW Résumé until it is absolutely perfect - don't give in to temptation. Launch as soon as you have a working prototype and dedicate chunks of time to continually develop and hone your messages, your layout, your every little detail. What ever you do, it's never too soon to launch.

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Accelerate Development


More Eyeballs. Pro Portrait. Objectify Feedback.

Accelerate Development


More Eyeballs. Pro Portrait. Objectify Feedback.

More eyeballs

Get feedback from your friends and family. One of the beauties of RaaW Résumés is how easy it is to copy and share your link with your close network through a simple text message or social post. This part takes some courage - the hardest part is not taking feedback personally - but it provides valuable insight. While our friends and family tend to be both our biggest fans, they are also likely the most honest with us - take the their ideas with a grain of salt. Consulting with a neutral third party can really help to bridge the gap between your initial ideas and a finished product.

PROFESSIONAL PORTRAIT

Make sure you have a recent professional portrait of yourself. Selfies in cars and cropped group photos simply offer little more than a frame of distractions from the portrait's subject - you. Admittedly, the lighting in your car does offer diffused directional light and large flattering catchlights in your eyes. But those lighting conditions can be recreated in many urban environments including parks and parking garages. Window light from your office or home can also offer these desired lighting conditions. Make sure you have an adjustable stool to sit on and that you attempt images from multiple angles and poses. In terms of portraiture these poses are either traditional or feminine and offer specific methods to flatter the subject - you. 

Accelerate your development

When I was new in my career I achieved continued growth because of I believed in the power to add value through hard work and seeking knowledge. Those two beliefs added value to the teams I worked with and added value to my career - making a name for myself anywhere I went. Ultimately, I've come to look at the marks I made on different teams as my brand. So I started circa MMIV to capture and convey my life's work. While it's taken me many hours to learn by trial and error - it doesn't have to take you as long.

A neutral third party is especially beneficial to filtering through and objectifying feedback. Especially consider feedback from your mentors and objectify it - turn it into symbols of the values you hold and the values you add to any team. This is how your productize yourself - through your core values. This is how the best brands in the world convey what they stand for and who it has made them. Investing in yourself through your brand will pay dividends for years to come.