Aug 07, 2018 - 03:18 PM
The biggest difference is formality. There are very strict requirements for your resume, including the information you can mention and the way you format it. You have much more freedom about what you include and how you describe yourself on your LinkedIn profile. For instance, a resume needs to be one full page, but there are no length limitations for your personal profile.
Another big difference is that you cast a wide net with your LinkedIn profile. You never know what opportunities may arise from this online source, so you should include all your jobs, experiences, skills, and professional qualities. On the other hand, you should tailor your resume for each new job you apply for, only including certain information that helps your chances to land that job in particular.
Mar 25, 2019 - 09:03 PM
Your LinkedIn profile is a job search tool much like your resume, but both serve different purposes. They should not be a mirror image of each other. Since you will only have one LinkedIn profile, you should provide a level of information and detail that appeals to a wide audience. Paint a broad portrait of your overall skills and work experiences with your LinkedIn profile.
Your resume must be customized to the specifics listed in a job advertisement. Your resume should paint an exact, deep-dive portrait of your skills and work experiences—here is the place to go into detail about accomplishments and duties at a prior or current job. Since your resume must be customized to every job advertisement, it will change frequently. Let’s say you want to apply to two different jobs—one requires an applicant to have excellent communication skills; the other, superior written and verbal communication skills. You would create two copies of your resume, one with excellent communication skills profiled in the skills section, and the other, with superior written and verbal communication skills profiled in the skills section.
When your resume mirrors the exact language used in a job advertisement, you better your chances of beating the ATS, which can weed out resumes that don’t have the right keywords.