Do recruiters still expect a written resume, or is a link to my LinkedIn profile enough? It’s basically the same information and it seems redundant to create a resume.
Dear Tim G.,
Yes, a written resume is an absolute must and is still expected by recruiters. I actually have a policy that if a candidate is interested in working with Impact Advisors, s/he must submit a resume to me. Otherwise, how will I be able to conduct an interview relevant to their skills if I know nothing about them?
However your question does merit some discussion. Your resume may seem redundant to your LinkedIn profile, but that is not necessarily the case for everyone. Many people use their LinkedIn profiles to accomplish other goals like furthering a side gig or include more information about them than would be appropriate on a resume, say for instance if they are a pastor in their local church. Technically, a LinkedIn profile is a personal social media profile even though it is mostly used for professional purposes. Individuals are welcome and encouraged by LinkedIn to include more information than just their professional experience in the “Interests,” “Causes you care about,” and “Personal Details” sections.
Therefore, just because much of the information is the same, you should still delineate between your professional resume and a social media outlet. And here are some helpful tips to maximize your LinkedIn profile because I do agree with you, Tim, that LinkedIn is vital to a successful job search.
Although even though I agree with you about the importance of LinkedIn, I would also encourage you to consider how you represent yourself to a possible future employer. When a recruiter requests a resume from you and you submit a link to your LinkedIn profile because the information is redundant as you say, it’s not going to leave a good impression. During the interview process a candidate should be demonstrating their willingness to go above and beyond expectations to earn the job. Simply sending a link to a recruiter won’t showcase this quality and may leave the impression that you’re lazy. And I know you don’t want that.
Good luck to you, Tim!
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