I’m on the job hunt, too, and focused on a UX Researcher role. I am
distinctly not a visual designer, but I have put forth significant effort
to make sure that my site demonstrates effective visual communication.
My site, www.eccentriccog.net, is running on a Wordpress.org setup and I
sprang for a premium WP theme and took to Fiverr for my logo. My portfolio
is powered by a plugin.
I’ve gotten some good response and several first level interviews, but I’m
coming from a different background, as I’m finishing a human factors PhD,
so I imagine that’s been driving much of it. Much of my work, currently, is
focusing on how to communicate academic background as professional skills.
All I can say, from my experience, is that some things (website style,
branding, etc.) are worth paying a little bit up front for if you know what