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Understanding the difference between your resume and a professional online profile

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unsplash-logoBram Naus

Job seeking can be exhausting, stressful, and time-consuming.

You pour so much effort into putting yourself out there and wonder whether half of what you do is worth it.

You revise your resume once, twice, fifty times over, and still don’t hear anything back.

It’s enough to drive you crazy.

But most people scramble to try and change every little detail if they don’t get a phone call within a day.

In an effort to save time, I’ve even copied my resume word-for-word and pasted it into multiple career listing websites across the web.

This is a horrible idea.

Do you know what happens? If an employer is actually interested by looking at your profile and then asks for your resume, what are they going to receive that’s any different from your profile?

How can you stand out online without spilling all your beans?

Not to mention the THOUSANDS of recruiters that call for jobs that don’t match anything you’re looking for.

In this article, I want to show you what you should put on your online profiles that will differ from your resume and help you stand out while providing value separate from your deliverables.

The major difference between your resume and your professional online profile is that your resume really shouldn’t be more than two pages.

Pitch the Company

Think of your resume like a proposal. You are pitching a potential company the reasons why they would be more successful if they hired you to do x, y, and z. They aren’t interested in knowing about that internship you did in college with a company they don’t know, doing work that isn’t relevant to the value you would provide them if they hired you.

If you have a ton of experience with different jobs and find yourself unable to include everything on your resume, it’s time to start editing. Your resume is the place to highlight the skills and experience you think is applicable to the job your applying.

If you want a place to list out every single accomplishment from each job, you can let it all live on your online profile. This will only help your online profile stand out in a search with additional content and keywords.

Your resume also serves a very different purpose from your online profile.

Your online profile, like LinkedIn for example, exists to help you apply to jobs online, associate certain keywords with your name when your potential employer Google’s you (and they will), and stand out from your competition.

Your resume should build the case of why hiring you is an investment in the company or organization.

What specific aspects of your experience and who you match what they are looking for? This is why it is so important for you to tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for.


Here is a quick list to know what goes on your resume, online profile, and both:

Online Profile

  • Optimized for Search (keywords)
  • Dynamic
  • Photo
  • Long profile vs. short resume (no more than 2 pages)
  • Social tone vs formal tone
  • Not all companies use for hiring


  • Formal tone
  • Short (no more than 2 pages)
  • Tailored for position applying (multiples)


  • Focus on value delivered
  • Purpose: connect with a hiring manager or recruiter

Now I want to hear from you. What are some tactics you’ve used to get interviews while job hunting? Leave a comment below!

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