Your Resume & LinkedIn Profile. The difference you need to know.


It’s no more a secret that the first thing a recruiter does while shortlisting candidates is check their LinkedIn profile. In today’s social media savvy age, it’s imperative to have an updated LinkedIn profile. However, most professionals take the easy route and cut and paste their resume text into the various sections of their LinkedIn Profile. On the other hand, there are many who may even download their LinkedIn Profile and use it as a resume. But that’s not the way to go forward when you’re serious about job search. business-office

There’s a difference between your resume and LinkedIn Profile

Your LinkedIn Profile is information about you available 24×7 to all your business associates, clients, industry forums, colleagues, vendors and networking partners. It’s not a replica of your resume that is just meant for employers with possible jobs for you. Let’s face it – if hiring teams had to just go through another copy of your resume, why would they search for you on LinkedIn? Plus, the confidential information in your resume should not be present on a social platform for everyone to have access.

What makes your resume different from your LinkedIn Profile?

1. Length: A well-written Résumé is maximum two pages long. On the other hand, LinkedIn does not limit the length of your profile. To start with you can use up to 2000 characters for your profile summary and use the space for your personal brand statement. Your LinkedIn Profile summary should add value to the information in your resume. It should outline who you are, what you stand for, what your objectives are and what you intend to do next in your career.

2. Etiquette: A resume is your formal document that you send out for a job opportunity. It needs to be crisp & professionally drafted. Meanwhile, the language used on LinkedIn could be informal. You can draft your LinkedIn Profile in first-person and keep the communication two-way. A natural and conversational tone is recommended for your career summary section.

3. Purpose: Typically you send out your resume when you spot a job or to a recruiter for opportunities they might have for you. Your LinkedIn Profile is available online all the time – making you searchable to anyone on the platform, irrespective of whether they have a job for you or not. Your LinkedIn Profile is your information guarantor of your resume. It backs the details included in your resume rather than mirroring the exact text.

Your resume and LinkedIn Profiles have different roles to play in your career. Make sure you devote your time to draft both. And when you think you need professional assistance, go for it. Your career story – be it on your resume or LinkedIn Profile should present your best picture.

We have a few questions for all the recruiters/employers. Have you ever come across a profile that seemed an exact replica of a resume or vice versa? Does it work for you while shortlisting candidates for a role or do you look out for extra information in their LinkedIn Profiles? Your inputs would be invaluable for many professionals trying to struggle with their resumes and LinkedIn Profiles.

Rahul Malhotra
Rahul is the Co-Founder and CEO at HeadHonchos.
He has close to 14 years of experience across the executive search, recruitment, retail and internet verticals. One of the first to come on board, he holds an MBA degree from IMI, Belgium and a Diploma in Information Technology from Swinburne, Australia

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