Recent data from Market Watch has revealed that there are fewer jobs in the U.S. today than when the recession began at the end of 2007.
However, it is important to realize that this doesn't mean there aren't jobs; according to Market Watch: "Companies hired more workers in May than they did in April, a sign that U.S. employment is expanding at a solid pace despite fiscal challenges and a troubled global economy. The U.S. created 175,000 positions in May, the Labor Department said."
So while more jobs are being created, it is also important to realize that the number of people looking for jobs is high. The fact that more jobs are being created doesn't necessarily mean they are instantly up for grabs.
However, you can take measures to get your dream job, and one such measure is to start your own website.
Matthew Epstein's Case Study
There are many case studies on job seekers who have creatively built websites that helped them land their dream jobs but the most notable example is Matthew Epstein's.
In 2011, Matthew was hoping to be hired by Google so he created the website Googlepleasehire.me, aimed at getting Google's attention and getting them to hire him.
Shortly after creating it, Matthew's website went viral due to his creativity and he got interviewed by Google. Even though he wasn't hired, he got over 80 job offers from several of the biggest companies in the world, including Amazon and Microsoft.
Of course, Matthew's example is a very unique one, and his marketing genius had a huge part to play. If we are being honest, not everybody will get this kind of result.
Another unique example, which you can probably relate to, is Mishri Someshwar's example.
Like most job seekers today, Mishri has applied to hundreds of jobs but was only able to get 6 – 7 interviews. However, according to Mishri, she was only able to get two job offers, eventually landing her dream job, by setting up her own website.
It is that simple.
5 Ways Starting Your Website Will Help You Get the Job Today
1. It Shows That You Are Tech Savvy and are Part of the Trend
With tech startups growing massively every day, people are starting to realize how critical the internet is to our daily activities, and with businesses that are not using the internet gradually losing out, companies are starting to value people who are tech-savvy.
Even companies that conduct most of their activities offline now realize the importance of the internet because, without becoming a part of it, they could soon be out of business.
By setting up your website, you're letting your potential employer know that you're in the know, and this will help them value you more as far as the future of their company is concerned.
2. You're Demonstrating Your Experience
In today's employment world, especially when you don't have a connection in the organization you want to work in, proving your experience can be more valuable than the certificate you are holding.
By building a website, you are demonstrating your experience and expertise to your employers before you even start working with them; you can do this by showcasing your writing, programs or apps you're working on, or by analyzing some of the top companies in the industry you plan to work in.
Surprisingly, you will soon find companies reaching out to you due to this fact.
3. You're Building Your Presence Online
Research from Microsoft has revealed that 70% of recruiters use information they find online when hiring a candidate.
By building a website, instead of letting them see your Facebook postings, potential employees will come across your website and posting on your blog, as well as your writings all over the web.
Not only does this show them good things about you, it also helps them realize you are someone very serious about your career; besides automatically protecting your reputation because of this, and increasing your chances of being hired, you're actually endearing yourself to those who will be making the hiring decisions due to your professionalism.
4. It Helps You Improve Your Skills
This is very important, especially if you have a blog as part of your website.
Some of the most prolific thinkers in the world today, as well as key employers, like Jeff Bezos, have publicly said that they value and consider the writing skills of a candidate when making hiring decisions.
To most of these people, not being able to write well means you can't communicate well and this can hinder your chances of getting hired.
Having a blog, that is a part of your website, will keep you on your toes since you will have to be writing constantly, publicly, actively getting feedback from your readers and making necessary changes and improvements along the way.
There are many benefits to writing a blog, and, besides the fact that it can help your writing improve, another main factor is that it improves the clarity of your communication.
5. Be Seen as a Thought Expert in Your Industry
The internet is having phenomenal impact in how people are being viewed in various industries of the world today, and companies value employees that the industry sees as a thought leader.
If you are viewed as a thought leader in your industry, it will reflect well on the company that hires you and they will value you more as an employee.
By becoming a thought leader even before you start working with them, you will significantly improve your chances of being hired.
Karl writes for IM Creator, a top website builder for people who want to create good looking websites.