Personal Branding Workshop: CV / Portfolio Websites

Chicago-based web strategist Dave Chakrabarti will lead a free, three hour workshop on establishing a compelling and professional web presence for job seekers. We'll cover the main ways a web presence can help (or hurt!) in your job search, strategies to use your web presence more effectively, and demonstrate simple, low-tech approaches to getting your website up and running without hiring developers or learning to program. 

  • Budgeting: What's really the absolute minimum you should spend to make this work? We'll cover the compromises students should (and shouldn't) make.
  • Tech for non-techies: We'll walk you through the basics. 
  • Domain names and branding. If you're ready, you can choose and legally own your domain name after this part of the workshop.
  • Hosting options, explained. We'll set you up with the basics, to get started. 
  • Content strategy. What do you write to get hired faster?
  • Your websites go live with your first content drafts, ready for feedback from a Geoscholars CV coach who will be present at the workshop.
  • Bring your questions! We'll talk about challenges and web strategy for writers, artists, programmers and others.

About the presenter: 

Dave has been involved in 2,000+ website development projects, beginning with his first website for the Haverford College math department in Philadelphia as a student in '00. His work focuses on web strategy, the Drupal content management system, front-end development, and light systems administration. He was an organizer of the first two DrupalCamp Chicago events and the Illinois Community Technology Coalition conference, and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops around the US including Aspiration's Nonprofit Software Development Summit, NTEN's Nonprofit Tech Conference, the Netsquared Challenge, the Flourish open source conference, and several Penguin Day events. He returned to Calcutta in December '15, where he continues to consult for Chicago-based clients, teach women's self-defense classes, and plan the next motorcycle expedition.