OK so we know by now that 98% of all modern employment recruiters are actively sourcing candidates on LinkedIn. We also know that upon receiving a resume or application for employment that most HR professionals and hiring managers are taking to the Google information superhighways to find other digital evidence of your professional existence. One of the first Google results is typically your LinkedIn profile. So why, if their only going to look at your LinkedIn profile, should you even bother creating an awesome new resume?
While LinkedIn has evolved into the #1 source for professional networking and candidate identification…
- Sharing too much specific company information can be frowned upon in such a public forum. Exposing specific metrics, methodologies, and financials on LinkedIn may not be well received by your current or past employers, but are generally more acceptable when not making this information readily available to everyone! This is of particular interest to executives and other public-facing employees.
- Too many people still don’t fully understand how to properly use the endorsements and recommendation features and are falsely padding the professional image of others in their network.
- Way too many are still connecting with hundreds of others simply to look well connected.
- Per a recent HR forum, HR is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of your appearance (age, race, gender) and while LinkedIn does reveal your photo (in most cases) your resume does not, so it is a safeguard for many HR professionals to view your resume vs. your profile.
- Many HR departments have invested heavily in resume-scanning ATS systems (Applicant Tracking Systems); do you really think they’ll simply write off that technology in favor of a people-dependent system like LinkedIn?
It is possible that the LinkedIn folks can find a way to eventually replace the resume, but as of today, there aren’t enough employers ONLY relying on LinkedIn to identify top candidates. And as wonderful as your LinkedIn profile might be, I can almost guarantee you that if someone thinks you’re a match for their position, they’ll still ask you for your resume…so be ready!
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