Top Ways Your Resume Should Differ from Your LinkedIn Profile

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In general, your resume and LinkedIn profile serve the same purpose – advertising your knowledge and skills. But they are used in different situations, therefore there are important differences between them. Here are a few.

1. Specificity

You want to tailor your resume to the specific type of job and company you are applying to. Your resume has a definite target and purpose. You are using the job description to help you customize it for the job you want.

On the other hand, your LinkedIn profile is not geared toward any particular job but is rather a more general description of your skills, experience, and knowledge. It is designed to address a wider audience. 

2. Brevity

It is common knowledge that hiring managers spend only a short time perusing a resume. As a result, to have the greatest impact, you need to keep it short and focus only on the most outstanding qualities and accomplishments that will get you noticed.

But with your LinkedIn profile, you don’t have such constraints and can go into a lot more detail about your background and experience, giving more examples of your work and your accomplishments. In addition, you can provide attachments, links, videos, and testimonials of your work. However, on a resume, you are limited to the evidence you can provide through a written narrative. 

3. Formality

You want to highlight your competence and professionalism in a resume, so it is written in a more formal tone and style. And while you want to do the same in a LinkedIn profile, you have more leeway in this venue to use a more relaxed, conversational style, which also shows your personality. 

4. Privacy

Your LinkedIn profile is accessible to a general audience, and for that reason, you need to be careful about the kind of information you post on it. For example, you don’t want to list your address or other personal information. 

On the other hand, the resume is targeted toward a specific person who will protect your privacy so that you can reveal more personal details. 

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