LinkedIn is an absolutely necessary resource and tool to utilize in our current job market; not only is it able to advertise your skillset to innumerable potential employees and recruiters alike, but it helps you locate exciting opportunities that would otherwise be off-limits to you. And yet, it is easy to get too caught up in perfect one’s profile and overstepping one’s boundaries when it comes to the efficacy of LinkedIn.
As any experienced accounting and finance recruiters will know, the website is not equivalent to a resume, however, it may lead one to offering a resume during a job interview – in short, it gets your foot in the door and expands your horizon of opportunities during your extremely competitive hunt for a job. The following, then, offers some ways your resume needs to differ from LinkedIn.
Avoid Copying And Pasting
LinkedIn, moreover, should not replace a resume, nor should it repeat that which is listed on your resume – you are attempting to cater to a broad audience on the former, whereas resumes ought to present and highlight specific attributes according to the job for which you are being interviewed. Do not assume that an employer would want to read the same far-reaching descriptions twice. Your resume should specifically address some of the skills needed for a given position, while LinkedIn needs to be open-ended and, in a sense, vague.
Constantly Pay Attention To LinkedIn
Think of the website as a kind of beacon for job opportunities and, with this in mind, be as active as you can be while getting serious about your interviews and prospective jobs. Strategically update your profile, as well as your resume, as you meet with recruiters – everything needs to be up to date as your network grows. Your Resume need only be updated for the actual meetings in the early steps of the hiring process.
Keep An Eye Out For The Smaller Details
Whereas a typo on a resume can foil one potential job, a typo on LinkedIn could thwart, quite possibly, a number of job interviews; given the high volume of readers your profile will incur, it’s absolutely essential to make it pristine, lest recruiters judge you for your lack of attentiveness well before the hiring process could even begin. Keywords, moreover, will help guide readers of your profile in search queries, effectively drawing them to you from the abyss of the web. On a resume, however, keywords ought to confirm what recruiters already know about you – once again, resumes are about catering to the specifics of the position.
Both LinkedIn and your resume are, it goes without saying, needed to land you that dream job, or any job, for that matter, but if they’re to appeal to a recruiter for any position, it’s vital that you acknowledge their differences and apply them strategically. Without demonstrating this concurrently web-savvy and traditional attitude, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to stand out on the job market today.