Here’s How Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile Should Differ
And what employers look for when they compare the Resume and LinkedIn profile? LinkedIn is the job social network number one. Many people think resume and LinkedIn profiles are one and the same and are used in the same way. But they’re not. Many people are asking for someone else to look at their profile in the comments. That is not nice, and productive.
In addition to the basic data, a resume should only contain information what are important for the job. From job to job. Generally, you should restrict it to one page if you graduated within the last five years and two pages if you graduated more than five years ago. In either case, quality is more important than quantity. The goal of your resume is to highlight your greatest accomplishments and skills, rather than hurling every piece of information about you at an employer.
You may have heard that employers compare resumes and LinkedIn profiles? The main reason for that is to check if them both tell the same story.
Question you can ask to verify that you are using them both in according way?
Is my basic information in Resume and LinkedIn the same?
It may sound obvious, but make sure to double check basic data. Check the dates, company names, position or any other data you are entering there. Mismatching data could signal that you’re not paying of attention to detail.
Do I have a summary?
In addition to a standout headline, the summary is a key element of a LinkedIn profile. It’s your opportunity to write a personal bio and show some personality, which is not an option in a resume. Reynolds says this is where you have the most leverage to describe yourself in any way you see fit. Use this section to highlight your most important skills and experience and talk about the problems you help solve for your employers.
Have I received any recommendations?
Resume do not contain references or recommendations, but LinkedIn allows them. This is a function you should absolutely be using. Have your friends or better yet business partners contribute. They can do it in a way so to give you recommendations. The employer gets a reference before even meeting you.
Am I marketing my expertise as much as I could?
The publisher option on LinkedIn Is a way to express your opinion about something, and to people that may be concerned. You don’t have to be professional in something to do that. Just to say what you want. That will create your personal blog. And contribute to you and your career.
Also, be sure you’re using all the fields that apply to you. Hobbies and interests provide an extra glimpse of your personality, as does volunteer work and causes you care about. If you have a reason to include projects you’re working on or publications you’ve written, these can and should go on your LinkedIn profile.
A well-constructed LinkedIn presence shows employers that you are somewhat Internet savvy and connected to other professionals. Even if those particular things are not relevant to the jobs you seek, they are significant to most human resource professionals. They expect that most everyone, except those whose jobs prohibit it, is on LinkedIn today.
If you don’t take into consideration what an employer wants to see on LinkedIn versus your resume, you may be missing out on job opportunities.