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Resume vs LinkedIn: Know the Difference

Resume vs LinkedIn: Know the Difference


Introduction to a Resume:

The first impression is considered to be the last impression. This is particularly true as far as professional human relations are concerned. This is why whenever one applies for a new job, the employer asks for a resume. A resume can be defined as a document which provides information about the person creating it. It should include details about the background and the skills of the concerned person. Every educated person in this world might have written a resume at some point or the other in their lives.


Origin of the Resume:

Resumes have their origin dating back to the fifteenth century. This is a French word and the first ever resume was supposedly written by Leonardo Da Vinci. There is another term by which a resume is referred to in modern times: i.e. Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Types of Resumes:

Resumes are of many types. We shall list a few for reference and understanding.

  • Reverse chronological resumes: These are resumes which are not written by professional writers. It lists the achievements of the writer in a reverse chronological manner starting from the most recent experiences and moves backwards.
  • Functional resumes: This type of resume places greater emphasis on the functional skills of the writer. This is very useful when one has special technical skills and wishes to highlight them. This is useful for prospective employers to identify the skills quickly.
  • Hybrid resumes: A hybrid resume is a mixture of a chronological as well as a functional resume. It is not a widely used resume nowadays.
  • Online resumes: In today’s age of the internet online resumes have become the order of the day. Today many people use the internet for applying for a job. The prospective employer also tries to find appropriate candidates for the job using the search engines. Hence this type of a resume should be keyword based resume.

Nowadays people are more accustomed to computers and have started creating their CV through computers and upload it on the internet. Social media has also an important role to play in the creation of a CV in today’s times.


Introduction to a LinkedIn Profile:

The most popular business linked social networking site today is the LinkedIn. This website was founded in December 2002 and officially launched on May 5, 2003. LinkedIn has gained in popularity since the time of its launching. As per recent estimates more than 400 million people have had their profiles uploaded in LinkedIn. LinkedIn is available in 24 languages and is popular in more than 200 countries in the world.


What is a profile in LinkedIn?

A user has to create a profile in LinkedIn which is very much similar to a resume. He has to enter his personal data as well as his employment and other experiences. The basic function of LinkedIn allows the users to connect with each other in an online social network. This data can be accessed by prospective employers and one may land a job based on his internet profile.



The Difference between a Resume and a LinkedIn Profile:


It is essential to understand which tool is more useful for your job.
It is essential to understand which tool is more useful for your job.


Many people feel that a resume and LinkedIn profile are one and the same. It is not. There are many differences between a LinkedIn profile and a resume which one should understand.

  • Resume is a static way of presenting information about you whereas a LinkedIn profile is a dynamic way of the same.
  • Resumes are usually restricted to a single page or at the most two depending upon one’s experience and skills. LinkedIn profiles do not specify any particular length for your profile.
  • There is a difference in the etiquette as to how you present the data in a resume as well as the LinkedIn profile. Resumes are extremely formal documents. You may never come across the personal pronoun “I” in a well written resume. A LinkedIn profile is more of a social document and as social media is about two-way communication, your LinkedIn profile may require you to speak in the first person.
  • A perfectly crafted resume is necessarily tight worded and would envisage conveying the story in the form of bullet presentations. After all it is simply a text document. In LinkedIn you can afford to be informal. You can use a multiple forms of media while presenting your information. You can use pictures, power point presentations, a portfolio of your art and all other information you wish to explain in whatever way you wish.
  • A resume is a close ended document in the sense that once you complete your resume you send it after fine tuning it to suit the requirements. But still it is a document which is finished. Your LinkedIn profile is a continuing statement about yourself. It can grow organically and you can keep on adding more skills as and when you keep acquiring them.
  • As a rule, you are not supposed to include photographs of yourself in a resume unless specifically called for. LinkedIn profiles are about building relationships with people on the social media and hence photograph becomes an essential requirement.
  • A resume speaks about your past achievements whereas in a profile you can include your past achievements, present situation as well as your future plans.
  • Once a resume is sent to a prospective employer it sits there on his table unless any further action is taken. Each time you post an update on LinkedIn it is immediately visible to your connections and hence you tend to remain in the forefront repeatedly.

These are in fact the advantages of the LinkedIn profiles over your resume and today more and more people prefer a LinkedIn profile to a resume and rightly so.











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