For the past week I’ve been hard at work on the 7 Day Startup Challenge hosted by Dan Norris. The goal was to build and launch a business in…yup…7 days using the process and frameworks Dan used to build his own business.
I managed to do it, launching MyStoryPage.co in about a week. I had a blast!
Uh, so what is it?
MyStoryPage is a portfolio writing and website design service aimed at job seekers who are heading back to the workforce, shifting mid-career, or feeling overwhelmed at the thought of creating their own website.
LinkedIn and resumes can communicate your skills and work history, but they’re crappy for telling companies about the kind of person you are. A portfolio website that pulls together your what’s most important to you can give you an edge in a competitive job market.
I’d planned to add this service to Mintedleaf, but it kind of grew into its own thing.
Resumes suck. Reading AND writing them
The idea grew out of my own frustration when updating my resume. Talk about painful. I’d seen some content marketing positions that looked amazing and I wanted give it a shot. As a freelancer, I don’t normally use a traditional resume, so mine was out of date big time.
What I really wanted was a web page that showcased my writing, photos, and projects in a high impact way. That meant it had to look good. LinkedIn profiles can pull data together, but let’s face it, they’re not appealing to read. I could have used my website, Mintedleaf.com, but it didn’t have the design-y look I was after either.
Then, I discovered Strikingly.com, an online website builder, similar to Squarespace but focused on one-page sites. What’s great about Strikingly is that websites on a Strikingly domain (yourdomain.strikingly.com) are free.
I created my own portfolio page in about an hour, and added the web address to my email signature. Done!
Writing about yourself is hard
If website builders are so easy to use (and free), why don’t more people create a website that helps them land a job? Why? Because writing about yourself is HARD! What do you include? What’s interesting vs. boring? How do you be knowledgeable but not arrogant?
I figured people would still struggle with this part. So, putting personal stories together for job seekers, with images and video, seemed like a good idea.
Yay for MyStoryPage!
Having a personal site aimed at getting you hired probably won’t ever replace a resume (sadly), but it can can let companies know the type of person you are, your values, and if you’re a good fit for them.
Head on over to MyStoryPage to check it out and let me know what you think.