LinkedIn vs. resume: what’s the difference? The two share a lot of information, but there are key differences that you can leverage to secure job offers.

By: Daniel Lorenzo, Blog Manager at Let’s Eat, Grandma


Psst. Hey. I have a secret.

People are looking at your LinkedIn profile right now. Seriously.

You might think, like I used to, that LinkedIn is something that your college Career Center casually told you to have, but only your dad actually uses.

But the times, they are a changin’. LinkedIn has become a valuable job search tool – over 20,000 companies in the U.S. use it to recruit new talent.

Consider this combined with the fact that 85% of all jobs are filled through networking, and there’s actually a good chance that you’ll get offered your next job via LinkedIn – if you have a great profile.

So, you should craft your LinkedIn as carefully as your resume and cover letter; it carries just as much weight in your job search!

This means you should NOT simply copy and paste your resume information into LinkedIn.

While both list the same experience, your LinkedIn profile is not just an online resume. It’s viewed differently, and you can leverage that difference to make sure that you stand out to recruiters.

LinkedIn vs. Resume: The Key Difference

A LinkedIn profile is broader, more thorough, and more human than a resume.

An infographic detailing the LinkedIn vs. Resume divide.

This is the biggest LinkedIn vs. resume principle that will guide all of the changes you should make.

As you update every element of your LinkedIn, think of it as a kind of ~living~ resume.

(Remember how they told us in U.S. that the Constitution was a living document? Just like that! …kind of.)

Here are 3 key changes you can make to your LinkedIn profile to make it different from your resume.

1.  Summary Statement

Your summary statement may be optional on your resume, but it’s crucially important on LinkedIn.

A GIF of a TV character saying "It's very important" - in reference to your LinkedIn summary, one of the key LinkedIn vs. Resume differences.
via GIPHY

The summary section is the best place for you to include keywords, show off your communication skills, and convey your personality & passion to recruiters. It’s almost like a mini-cover letter!

Unlike on your resume, you should write your summary in 1st person and make it as long as possible. (Gasp!)

You read that right.

Your LinkedIn isn’t just being briefly scanned by a hiring manager like your other job search materials. Recruiters can expand and scroll to read the whole summary, which means it’s prime real estate for you to include personal information that you don’t have space for on your resume.

LinkedIn gives you 2,000 characters for your summary – use as many of them as you can!

2. Supplemental Information

You know those things you’d love to show off on your resume but don’t have space for? Put them on your profile!

Again, since your LI is a website instead of a static document, you can include everything on it without worrying about length. Load it up with all of your professional experiences and skills (not just the most recent or relevant ones), and include your volunteer experiences, interests, inspirations, and anything else that makes you, you!

A GIF of a character on the show Empire saying "you're being extra." Being "extra" is okay when it comes to highlighting supplemental information on your LinkedIn vs. your resume!
….but that’s okay on LinkedIn! (via GIPHY)

Every piece of supplemental info you include is another chance for an easy connection. A recruiter may volunteer for the same organization you do, follow the same influencer, or share the same passions, which will only increase your chances of getting noticed and offered a job.

3. Professional Experiences

Finally, while it’s so tempting, don’t describe each job with the same bullets from your resume. Instead, make your descriptions of your experiences broader.

While your resume needs to be carefully targeted for each job, you don’t have to let that limit you on LinkedIn.

Recruiters for vastly different companies and positions within your industry will all be looking at your profile. This means you should include details that you might leave off of certain resumes, in order to make your experience appeal to everyone.

(For example, you’ll have different bullet points for the same job when you’re applying for a “Marketing Manager” position vs a “Marketing Analyst.” On LinkedIn, you can include them all!)

Since space limitations aren’t a thing here, add a few bullet points to each professional experience you list, and maybe even a quick paragraph. Describe each job as thoroughly as you can.

A Living Resume with Real Results

LinkedIn is not just social media for Baby Boomers. It’s a living resume with conventions that you can leverage to help you land your next job without even searching.

Sound too good to be true? Clients have told us that after we rewrote their profile with these tips, they received a job offer the following day.


Whether you need a complete LinkedIn makeover or just a little advice, we can make the same happen for you. Visit our homepage now to sign up for a FREE Career Score for your resume. You’ll also get a free phone consultation on your LinkedIn profile and all of your other job search documents.

You can also hear the LinkedIn vs. Resume topic (and many more) covered on our Career Warrior Podcast:


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