"Having a site up as if you're your own company is helpful for both your confidence and your ability to sell yourself," Foster explained. "You can put your site on your personal business cards, and contacts you make can then see the breadth of your work. I thought it was important for prospective employers to be able to learn about me on demand."
If you've been meaning to break out of your job-hunting rut, now's the time. Sprucing up your job search tactics today might make the difference between spending an unemployed summer digging in the couch cushions for popsicle money and making enough bucks to take yourself on a real vacation.
Michelle Goodman is a freelance writer and former cubicle dweller. Her books include My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube. Follow her at @anti9to5guide.