Aug 24, 2018 - 03:51 AM
Some employers will be completely fine with you sending a link to your LinkedIn page while others will want you to email your resume as a PDF. For example, if the employer reviews applications with the aid of an Applicant Tracking System, then a PDF file will be preferable. You still need to customize your resume to contain relevant keywords. Your resume is a tool, and you always want to have an up-to-date document in your arsenal.
The best rule of thumb to follow is to abide by the instructions given by the hiring manager. If the manager asks for a resume, then you should send a document. If the job listing says it is acceptable to send a link to a LinkedIn page, then you can get away with only sending the link.
Sep 04, 2018 - 06:46 PM
You still need a resume if you have a LinkedIn profile because you want your resume to be concise, and tailored/customized to each job you apply for. Your LinkedIn profile is often a more wide-ranging, general social profile, one that doesn’t always have all the details of your professional work experiences fully fleshed out. For instance, many LinkedIn users do not profile the duties and achievements associated with each job title they list on LinkedIn. While a recruiter or hiring manager will likely check your LinkedIn profile when assessing you for a role, it’s your resume that typically holds the key to whether or not you’re moved forward in the hiring process.
Do make sure there is basic alignment between your resume and LinkedIn profile. For instance, make sure the job titles, dates employed, and business names for each current or previous job you note in a resume are the same as what appears in your LinkedIn profile.
Research shows that the average time spent scanning a resume is six seconds, so you don’t want to turn off an employer who grows immediately weary of reading non-relevant information on your LinkedIn profile. Again, it’s unlikely your LinkedIn profile will have the specifics that will appeal to every employer.