This is why your CV and your LinkedIn profile must be identical in a (specific) place


If you don’t want to confuse hiring managers and risk being denied a job because you look like a liar, be sure to keep the Work History sections of your resume and LinkedIn profile identical. .

Here’s why…

Most recruiters will first scan your CV to see if you are a match for their vacancies. Things like job titles and accomplishments are quickly reviewed for key insights. If they like what they see, they then email your LinkedIn profile and resume to the hiring manager. Now, if the hiring manager opens both and sees that the work history is not the same, they will start wondering which one is correct.

For example, a true story…

A job seeker I know (before being a client of mine) customized his resume for a job he wanted. He replaced his job titles with names similar to the one listed on the job posting and adjusted the bullet points to highlight his experience in a way that made him look like a match for the job. This allowed him to follow the application process online. The recruiter forwarded it to the hiring manager. Next, the hiring manager reviewed the resume, then clicked the link to the job seeker’s LinkedIn profile. The hiring manager wanted to see if they had any relationship in common. However, when he went through the job seeker’s profile, he found that the job titles and accomplishments online did not match what was on the resume. Suddenly, the job seeker was seen as “gaming the system” and the hiring manager couldn’t tell which one was right. The result? The candidate was excluded from the process. How does he know? The recruiter, angry that he looked like he hadn’t done his job directly to the hiring manager, emailed him and told him what had happened!

To tailor your resume to a specific job, focus on the top fold

You can still adjust your CV to better match a certain position by creating a top-fold that highlights the skills and expertise needed for the position. The top fold is the first thing a person sees when they open your resume. Two simple columns of your eight or ten strongest transferable skills that match the job you’re applying for will help the recruiter and hiring manager get a sense of your strengths. Then, in the bottom half of the resume, keep job titles and work history bullet points same as LinkedIn profile for consistency.

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