Should your resume and LinkedIn be matchy matchy?

With all of the uncertainty going on in the world, it is more important than ever to manage your career and keep your resume and other career documents up to date. 

Since we are on the topic of resumes, many people ask if their LinkedIn should match their resume or not. The correct answer to this question could be NO, MAYBE, YES, or YES BUT. It’s really a matter of your own personal philosophy. 

Be mindful that if you ask 10 people how to write a resume and LinkedIn profile, you will get 15 different answers. 

We are all entitled to our own opinions, so below is mine, as one of the YES BUTs. I think everything that is on a resume should go on LinkedIn, but LinkedIn should be embellished even more. 

No matter what, you should have well written content that has white space in between the bullet points so it is skimmable and scannable. So let’s compare some of the basic sections of each document.

Item

Resume

LinkedIn

Headline (key titles and keywords)

120 characters; don’t waste a line for the words “Summary Profile”

120 characters on a desktop but more on mobile

Value Proposition

Written in 1st person implied “I”

copy in About Section

Core Competencies (keywords)

Alpha order

copy in About section

Career Highlights (Accomplishments)

Bullet pointed list

copy in About section

Sentence that shows you are likeable and relatable, and have some hobbies or  interests

No

write in About section

Professional (or Work) Experience

Yes

Yes

Education

Yes

Yes

Honors & Awards

Yes

Yes

Community Service

Yes

Yes

You can see that when you compare some of the standard resume sections to those in the LinkedIn profile, you can utilize all the verbiage you have prepared. However, in LinkedIn, here are a few more things you can do.

Although the “To DO” list goes on for LinkedIn, this is a good solid start. 

Originally published in vista.today