Why You Still Need a Professional Resume – Even in the Age of LinkedIn.

Why You Still Need a Professional Resume – Even in the Age of LinkedIn.

traditional-career-cartoonYou may have heard some chatter about LinkedIn profiles surpassing the value of resumes.  There is another camp that says the opposite; that resumes will always have a more important place than LinkedIn.  Like most areas with two points of view, the answer lies somewhere in the middle.  If you have an amazing profile with over 1,000 connections, it’s still wise not to assume you are beyond needing a professional resume.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why:

1. Company Data: Recently a client told me that he didn’t want to reveal sensitive information about his company by including the specific accomplishments we compiled for his resume.  Does the world need to know specific budget allocations and revenue improvements for his well-known company?  Likely not.  He did, however, proudly showcase his specific accomplishments on his resume since it is far less public.

2. Secret Job Search: Maybe you are looking for a new job and don’t want to sound any alarms.  Suspicious updates to your profile or a sudden interest in collecting recommendations may draw more attention than you’re ready for.  Taking excerpts from an employee review is content you can include on a resume without necessarily spreading the word at your existing job.  Note: Another good solution is to be active on Linkedin before you need to be.

3. Different Writing Style:  LinkedIn content is more narrative than the resume writing style that is lean and tight.  This demonstrates an ability to parse out what is most important in your experience that pertains to the job you’re applying for.  In essence, you are giving the hiring manager a written montage of specific reasons you are a good fit rather than showing the entire movie.  There is a real art to writing compelling and concise content with length restrictions.

4. Hand it Over: The golden words for anyone in active job search mode are, “Send me your resume and I’ll put it on his/her desk.”  When you have an internal lead, nothing beats the advantage of having the hiring professional read a copy of your resume.

5. Comparing Candidates:  Imagine you’re on a search committee and you’ve narrowed it down to a handful of finalists.  You need to weigh the pros and cons of each.  In many cases, the resumes are laid out on the table to serve as “talking points” for making the final decision.  It is easier to compare candidates’ skill sets with a resume.

Resumes are here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.  If every word has a purpose, recruiters can learn a lot about the candidate based on what choices they make.  If your resume could use some preening or primping, give us a call.


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