Can LinkedIn take the place of my resume?

LinkedIn is a great place to be found by recruiters who are seeking passive candidates, but it doesn’t replace the all-important resume. A resume should be a one to two page fact-based, historical document that reflects an individual’s skills, experience, accomplishments, and education. Hiring managers’ use resumes as a tool to identify candidates that are a match for the job(s) they are working to fill. If they like what they see, they will then Google the candidate to learn more about them.

The LinkedIn profile is a great professional networking tool that should be a part of every job seeker’s job search arsenal. However, because LinkedIn is a social networking site for business professionals, it should include “social” elements about you that allow others to relate to you in a variety of ways. These elements include a personal photo, summary, interests, hobbies, causes, etc. It is these very LinkedIn elements that are a big no! No! on a resume.

While both resumes and LinkedIn profiles have a legitimate function as job search tools, it is understood that the two tools should not mirror one another. Eventually a hiring manager will see both job search tools, so it’s important to make sure that each one portrays you in a positive light. Take advantage of the various sections and features in LinkedIn that you didn’t use in your resume. These may include work-related projects, work samples, presentations, volunteer work, videos, and URLs, to name a few.

Remember that you only have one opportunity to make a great first impression with a hiring manager. If you are at a loss as to how to market yourself to potential employers, contact a certified professional resume writer and career coach for job search assistance. It just might be the most important investment you will ever make.

About Deanne Arnath

As President and Founder of Career Wizards, Inc., I exercise my passion of personal development by offering comprehensive career management services to individuals, businesses, and entrepreneurs. My exceptional ability to recognize new strategic partner potential and build job search assistance programs from the ground up is what sets me apart from other career services professionals. One of my proudest achievements was winning an exclusive contract to help thousands of displaced employees from numerous Fortune 500 companies transition to new jobs by providing job-winning resume writing, LinkedIn profile optimization, resume distribution, and interview skills training services positioning Career Wizards as a leading outplacement service provider.
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