I'd like to start of this post with a small confession...After almost 10 years of amassing a stockpile of random domain names, and building equally random websites (with varying levels of success), I just this year decided to purchase ericrems.com and build my personal website. It seems rather ridiculous to me now that I spent more time building sites like 20MinuteNap.com (a now retired web application for 20 minute "power naps") than I did on building and controlling my own personal brand.
With bits and pieces of my personal and professional story scattered across the web, I felt that depending on where someone began, they weren't getting the full picture. So a few months back I decided that I needed to create my central portal and starting point for all things Eric Rems.
Here are 5 reasons why you should purchase your domain name today (see #3 below) and start building your personal website.
1. You're More Than a Static Resume. Tell Your Story.
Unlike a traditional resume, your website gives future employers a better look into your real personality and achievements. With hiring managers receiving hundreds of resumes, your personal website is a sure fire way to stand out in the crowd. For me, it helps more effectively breakout my startup experience vs. my "traditional" career path, something that is very challenging to do on a resume.
Check out how Nina Mufleh's creative personal site caught the eye of Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and landed her an interview.