Why Squarespace is Bad at Resumes - And How to Fix Them

You're an outsider. You're a rebel. You're aware that silly paper resumes are a thing of the past and even hiring managers don't want to read them. So you want to make a resume on your personal website, add a bit of flair to your skills. And Squarespace, with all of its benefits, falls a bit flat. And why wouldn't it? It's not made for that. 

But you have a job application to bang out and, damnit, you're gonna do it!

Below you'll see some strategies and tricks around the things that make resumes difficult while building your personal website using Squarespace.

Beware: Columns

Squarespace sucks at resumes because resumes suck. All those rows and columns, c'mon! Why not design a bit better in the 21st century? 

What we need to remember here is Squarespace allows you to build pages with a 12-column layout. You'll notice this when you drop content side by side and change the widths. The columns snap as you move things.

In other words, as Squarespace notes in this guide:

In layouts with 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, or 12 columns, all columns have an equal width. If you have a different number of columns, they'll need to have different widths.

Mobile

On top of the regular column layout, Squarespace's responsive design displays your content in an organized way on every device. The problem is that sometimes that organization makes no sense if someone wants to read chronologically. You could end confusing the hiring manager seeing your beautiful website and that's the last thing you want to do. 

The best option here is to check your website through your phone or re-size your web browser to see how the blocks stack on top of one another, as you build. If you're having trouble, Squarespace has a great Help article to explain this phenomenon.

With that being said, Squarespace has a ton of potential for designing something better than a paper resume.

So what do we do? Below are some strategies for taking your resume to the next level.

Tell Your Story

A resume is essentially your narrative of your work experience. You want to show how you've developed, what you've done, and where you've gone.

This is your time to shine! Use your words!  

A good example is Red Russak. He kept it simple and straight-up, writing his bio out with his yearly accomplishments as hyperlinks.

Get Visual

Why not make your work experience pop with some company logos? You can use the Grid Gallery Block feature to upload company logos and then link each of them to a separate page you can build, explaining your work responsibilities and even showing off some images or videos you may have to accompany that. Check out how Joshua McCartney and Ellen Skye Riley did this.

If you're having trouble finding company logos or you simply want to use another image, The Noun Project has tons of amazing vector images for free (with copyright included) or for purchase. Case in point to the right.

Summarize Your Work

Even better than the Grid Gallery Block might be the Summary Block. Instead of building several pages for each company you know, you could create one Blog page in your Not Linked section (so it's not visible in the Main Navigation) with an entry for each company. Add a blog post thumbnail in the Options section to represent it and then use a Summary Block on your Work Experience page. The Summary Block will automatically be fed by the blog post you made and you can style it with a Wall, Carousel, Grid, or List layout. 

Download Button

Forget that lame ol' text link! You can create a button specifically for someone to download your resume if they want to share or print it later. Check out the Button Block guide here and note Step 3 shows you how to link the button. The File option there will allow you to upload a resume file. Boom!

Bullets

If you want to use bullets to outline your past work duties, it's best to either use a single column on a page, or multiple columns with minimal style changes between them. Devon Stank and Ximena Vengoechea created some good examples of keeping it minimal with bullets.

A Living Resume

Because maintaining a website can be a hassle and it helps to have yourself in as many spots as possible, why not create a living resume? Rachael King used this visual and interactive strategy through Pinterest to highlight her work. And 2.9K Followers is nothing to sneeze at.


That's all, folks!

Or is it!? Do you have a cool resume strategy you'd like to share with the world, and more specifically, me? Fire off a comment here or hit me on the Twitter (@danscharch). Sharing is caring!

And if any or all of this makes your head spin and you just want someone to talk to you like a human being and build your website, check me out and we'll talk!