LinkedIn has made it very easy to upload your resume as a PDF to make it part of your LinkedIn profile. While it’s tempting to do this rather than creating an entire profile from scratch, you should avoid it.
Your resume and LinkedIn profile resources should be considered as two separate resources for job hunting. Of course, they are very similar, and you should use your resume as a guide for your LinkedIn profile, but a little separation between the two is important.
There are major privacy concerns
Your LinkedIn profile is fully (or at least partially) public. Your contact information (address, phone number, email, etc.) does not have to be public on your LinkedIn profile, but will become public if you upload your resume.
Even if you remove this personal information from your resume before you upload it, by uploading your resume, you have made the resume itself public. You are no longer in control. It means that Anyone is free to view, copy, download, use, pirate and distribute your resume— all without your knowledge or consent.
Whatever information LinkedIn gives you about your profile views and resume downloads is actual after your resume has been downloaded and is with someone else.
It makes your job search public
Posting your resume on LinkedIn changes your job search from private to public. It practically screams. “I’m looking for a job.” While it helps in your job search for trusted people in your professional network to be quietly notified that you’re looking for new opportunities, it doesn’t help to announce it to the world.
Why? Because recruiters, employers, potential clients and quality networks are looking for the best candidates. Lead candidates are, by definition, in demand. Therefore, a top candidate rarely “needs” a job, although they are open to opportunities. Shouting “I’m looking for a job” in public. at the same time you announce that you are not the leading candidate.
Your LinkedIn profile should showcase your value and attractiveness, not your (real or perceived) desperation.
It’s not the best way to show off your professional skills
Resumes work best when they are tailored to specific jobs or employers. Posting your resume online means you’ve given up on presenting your resume in the best way possible to any legitimate recruiters or employers who view it. And the body of the resume should still work on your LinkedIn profile.
Remember: If your LinkedIn profile is attractive, a legitimate recruiter or employer surfing LinkedIn will contact you. Then you can decide whether to provide your (target) resume.
So, in summary, posting your resume online gives you extra risk, but no reward.
How is a Linkedin profile different from a resume?
A LinkedIn profile is a professional social media profile that helps you manage your personal brand, connect with colleagues, network with other professionals, and find the right jobs and opportunities to advance your career. In your LinkedIn profile, you can list your work experience, skills, education, interests, licenses and certifications, and more. You can also give and receive recommendations and endorsements.
A resume lists work history, skills, and education relevant to a specific job.
Think of your LinkedIn profile as a summary of your entire career and personal brand, and your resume as a customized document that differs for each position you apply for.
Do you need a LinkedIn profile?
Yes, a LinkedIn profile is a must for every professional. It’s the best way to showcase your skills and experience to recruiters. Without a LinkedIn profile, recruiters won’t be able to find you.
Also, if you’re applying for a job, one of the first things a hiring manager will do is look you up on LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, chances are they’ll see that as a red flag (you’re old, out of touch, relevant in your field, not good with technology, etc.) and will probably throw your resume away as a red flag. : result
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This article was originally published on an earlier date.
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