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Create a Professional Website or Online Portfolio

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In a previous activity, you created a resume describing your work experience and educational background.

Another way you can showcase yourself, your skills, or your extracurricular activities is with a website.

In this extension, you’ll use Google Sites to build a professional website where you can host your resume, link to writing samples or examples from a creative portfolio, and tell a potential employer more about your personality and abilities.

It also demonstrates that you have digital skills that may be useful in the job.

To start, open Google Sites and create a new website.

Choose a name for your website that includes your name and the word “portfolio” or “resume.”

Pick a title for the page.

Then, add content to the page.

Open Google Docs in a new tab, and make a copy of your resume.

To safeguard your personal information online, remove your address, phone number, and other personal details, such as the location of your high school.

Every detail you put online can be found by anyone, including people you don’t know.

Be careful what you share.

Then, add the resume to your website’s homepage.

You may need to adjust the size of the field, so your entire resume is visible.

Next, insert a textbox below your resume to tell potential employers something about yourself.

Type a short paragraph about your plans for the future, including colleges, trade schools, or career fields you’re pursuing.

You also might include past experiences that have prepared you for future jobs and other volunteer work, extracurricular activities, or personal details.

Be brief, and keep the tone and content professional.

Add more pages to your site with other details and accomplishments, such as: Your photo Writing samples, a creative portfolio, or an award As you’re working on this, always think carefully before sharing personal details.

Now, return to the homepage to make changes to your color scheme, font, or overall design.

First, update the default theme.

Click on the different options to see how your homepage changes format.

Modify the colors to suit your professional image.

Then, update the font.

To make your website stand out more, add a background image to the banner behind the site’s title.

Adjust the background behind your resume...

Then, preview your website to see how it will look once it’s published.

Check for spelling mistakes and areas that are difficult to read.

Test links to make sure they work properly.

Also, enlist a trusted adult -- such as a parent or counselor -- to check your site to make sure the information isn’t inappropriate or too personal to share on the internet.

Return to edit mode to make changes.

Once you’re happy with your website, publish it on the Internet, so other people -- including a possible employer -- can view it.

Choose a web address for your site.

Include your name and “portfolio” or “resume.”

Adjust the share and search settings to choose who can view and access your site.

Congratulations!

Your website is ready to share.

Now, it’s your turn: Create a new website in Google Sites.

Add your resume, a brief paragraph about yourself, and examples from your portfolio.

Change the theme, font, and color.

Remove details that are too personal or unsafe for the internet.

Publish your website.

And share the link with potential employers.

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