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The LinkedIn-Resume Connection
-- 5 Important Benefits to Job Seekers
One of the interesting things I've dis-
covered in my discussions with job seek-
ers and employers is that employers often
compare the job seeker's resume and
cover letter with the job seeker's LinkedIn
Discrepancies between the resume and
the Profile show up quickly, but so do
accomplishments and other positive
LinkedIn has become the Online Port-
folio of millions of professionals, and it
offers 5 very important benefits to job
seekers when employers make the
1. Validation of resume information
The assumption is that people are less
likely to exaggerate in public, in front of
their friends and LinkedIn "connections"
than they are in private on a resume sent
to an individual or posted privately in
response to a job ad.
For decades (probably centuries), job
seekers have been known to do a teensy
bit of exaggeration on their resumes.
Having worked at Harvard University in
my past, I know that one of the things
the University Alumni Records Office did
frequently, back then, was confirm or
deny that someone had attended, or
graduated from, Harvard as indicated on
their resume. The answer was "No"
almost as often as it was "Yes" which
tells you something about human nature
and Harvard as a brand.
Now, rather than contacting a univer-
sity directly, employers can check the
LinkedIn Profile to get a basic level of
validation, enough to put a resume in
the "possibles" stack rather than the "dis-
cards" pileor vice versa.
2. Demonstration of knowledge and expertise
In the past, it has been easy for people to proclaim
that they are "experts" or "gurus" in a given field on
their resumes, but hard to prove (or to verify). Not
Through LinkedIn Groups, job seekers can demon-
strate their expertise through intelligent participation
in Group discussions. Recruiters are known to monitor
Groups related to the fields they need the most or
have the most trouble finding qualified candidates.
LinkedIn allows members to join up to 50 Groups,
and, at least while you are in job-search mode, that's
a very good idea. Join groups for your industry, pro-
fession, location, hobbies, and anything else that is
relevant to you and your career.
In their LinkedIn Profiles, people can also link to
their publications (books, ebooks, articles), pull in the
feed from their blog, and highlight their skills. The
LinkedIn Profile becomes, in effect, an online port-
3. Corroboration of Accomplishments
LinkedIn Recommendations offer employers a form
of "proof" that a skill or accomplishment proclaimed
on the resume has been visible to someone willing
to publish a recommendation for the world to see on
LinkedIn. And the Recommendations are connected
to specific jobs listed in the Profile, confirming the
validity of that claim on the resume.
4. Confirmation of Names, Dates, and Time Frames
The dates on the resume can be compared with
the dates on the LinkedIn Profile to demonstrate
agreement on timingor not. Did the job seeker work
at company XYZ for 3 years or 5 years? And, was that
5 years ago or 10 years ago?
5. Affirmation of "With-It-Ness"
Having a complete and active LinkedIn Profile
affirms that the job seeker understands how to operate
in today's largest online business network. It also
indicates that the job seeker understands the impor-
tance of the Internet to business, from marketing and
sales to research and data collection.
Having a public site where the information on the
resume may be confirmed (or not) is an enormous
help to employers. And, it is also a help to job seekers.
Certainly, some people may not be 100% truthful on
their LinkedIn Profiles, but they are often more truthful
in a venue where false or misleading claims may be
"outed" by people who know better. Social Proof
comes to job search through, logically, social media.
offer employers a form of
"proof" that a skill or
on the resume has been
visible to someone willing
to publish a recommenda-
tion for the world to see
on LinkedIn. And the Rec-
ommendations are connect-
ed to specific jobs listed in
the Profile, confirming the
validity of that claim on
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