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Resumes (in some form or other) have been around for almost as long as people have looked for jobs. Rumor has it that Leonardo da Vinci created the first professional profile in 1492. In the early days, resumes were mostly used as a letter of introduction. Fast forward to the early 1900s and resumes started to look much like today’s resumes. Before the digital age, resumes were typed and then brought to a printer. People would go to company HR offices and apply for jobs in person (or answer ads in the local paper. Resumes evolved along with the digital age, and are now typically used as attachments to emails, uploaded to websites or posted on online
linkedin was founded in 2002 as a way to connect with other professionals. By 2006, linkedin became the “de facto” online professional profile. linkedin quickly became one of the most powerful job linkedin is generally the first place recruiters and HR professionals look when trying to find qualified candidates.
Has the linkedin profile replaced the resume? Not by a long shot.
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A linkedin profile is meant to be researched and lingered upon; as such, there is a lot of additional information buried several clickable layers deep, providing a very dense presentation of a job seeker’s personality and accomplishments. The profile has links to colleges, companies, groups, skills, recommendations and people in a job seeker’s personal and professional network.
As a result, not only is the linkedin profile longer, but it is more thorough. It is so thorough that it includes a website builder so you can create a page for
linkedin profiles comes with an array of features that job seekers can use to make a profile more exciting. For example, job seekers can edit the profile to attach videos or PowerPoint slideshows.
Instead of just talking about where you went to college or graduate school and your G.P.A, you can use your profile to attach your dissertation or other class work (not suggested for very experienced job seekers). Furthermore, you can link to a network of alumni and coworkers. A resume doesn’t have these utilities.
While a resume can include a link to a website or email address, a linkedin profile has a far more sophisticated link structure. It can automatically link to any official entity mentioned in a profile. This is helpful for job seekers because if they mention an obscure employer or professional association, a
Links to references are also useful. Most resumes only have room to say that references are available on request. linkedin profiles permit job seekers to request recommendations for each job position and quantifies the number of recommendations received right underneath each position along with a link for a hiring manager to read them.
The extensive usability of the linkedin profile allows for an unprecedented level of documentation, making the hiring process more efficient for all parties.
Functioning as social media, the linkedin profile is also interactive– something a resume is not. Through the profile, job seekers and hiring managers can invite each other to connect, send messages, participate in group discussions or share endorsements.
Compared to linkedin profiles, resumes are more superficial and less verifiable. It is just your word, whereas the profile contains the endorsements of additional parties whose professional status can also be researched and verified. Because the profile shows a job seeker’s relationship to and praise from former colleagues, classmates and supervisors, it offers some proof of the associations, experience and education that an applicant claims. Many recruiters and hiring managers, use the linkedin profile to cross check and confirm a job seeker’s identity and claims. To recruiters, if a person is not in the database, he or she isn’t a credible job seeker. That’s how powerful the linkedin profile has become.
In the end, the profile is not a replacement for the resume. Every job seeker can benefit by preparing both tools and keeping them updated.
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