Here’s an interesting question for 2020: Does a link to your LinkedIn supersede your resume? What are the differences between LinkedIn and your resume?
We’ve talked about newer resume rules you may not know about, as well as the best LinkedIn settings for job hunting, how to secretly use LinkedIn to change careers, and how to get the most out of your LinkedIn profile — but we haven’t really talked about how to USE your LinkedIn profile in your job hunting adventures.
Some backstory here: A woman I know recently applied for a city council position in her small town, attaching a link to her LinkedIn profile instead of her resume. She was upset that she was rejected from the position without anyone clicking on the link, as she could see from her “who’s viewed your profile” information. In her mind, she was rejected without anyone looking at her resume, even though she submitted it “the more modern way”… but I suspect the people interviewing thought she had not attached any resume at all.
What Are the Differences Between LinkedIn and Your Resume?
So let’s discuss. I’m curious for what you guys say here, but here are my thoughts for why a link to your LinkedIn profile does not supersede your resume:
- A LinkedIn profile is not easily printable. Admittedly, almost everything is online and via Zoom calls lately, but I think that a lot of interviewers (particularly when there is a group reviewing resumes!) would rather look over printed resumes in their hand versus online profiles.
- LinkedIn is not customized. One of the big suggestions I have for people who are considering different career paths is to create more than one resume to emphasize different aspects of your experience and skillset — even just to make small changes in the wording or order of items. But particularly if you’re applying to a new potential career path, I don’t think a LinkedIn link would be helpful at all.
- LinkedIn is public. I may be in a slightly odd situation because I own my own business, but I absolutely think that any future resumes of mine will include numbers that I would not include in a public arena, whether they’re regarding traffic or revenue.
- There’s a very real apathy/competency check with resumes (vs LinkedIn). Do you care about your resume? Are there typos? Have you formatted your resume properly so it prints well? Is it as brief as possible, or are you that 23-year-old who thinks you need three pages?
I think there are times when a LinkedIn profile link might be appropriate, such as when it’s a “here’s who I’m connected to!” kind of email, or a “look I DO have a college degree now can we move past this silly requirement to volunteer for the alumni Halloween party” or something like that. (Which, perhaps, it could be argued a seat on city council is equivalent to…) That said, though, in general I don’t think the old-fashioned, PDF’d resume is going anywhere. Looking around the web, I noticed that The Muse, Undercover Recruiter, and Top Resume think there are real differences between the resume and LinkedIn as well.
Readers, what are your thoughts — what are the differences between LinkedIn and your resume? When should you use one versus the other?
Full disclosure: I own stock in Microsoft, which is the parent company of LinkedIn.
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