Are My Executive Resume and LinkedIn Profile the Same Thing?

The short answer to this question is no! So where does your resume end and your LinkedIn profile begin? We’ll help you separate them. You definitely don’t want to make your executive resume and your LinkedIn profile the same for a variety of reasons. Most executive resume writers can help you distinguish the differences between each and why the differences are important. We’ve also given you some more details on the differences below.

LinkedIn Is a More Informal Format

Employers and recruiters are going to learn more about you as a person by going to your LinkedIn profile. This is generally evident in your writing style, so be sure to make it more informal to give it some voice. There are big differences between resumes that get you hired, and your LinkedIn profile, and it’s important to distinguish the two. Also, don’t mistake an informal voice for being unprofessional. There are creative ways to make your LinkedIn profile professional and informal. If you struggle with that aspect, executive resume services can help.

Summaries on the Executive Resume Should Be Short and Targeted

We all like talking about ourselves, but executives tend to make their summaries extensive. However, your executive resume summary should be short and to the point. LinkedIn is the place to talk more in detail on your summary. Summarize your entire career, your accomplishments, strengths, and anything else to make you stand out. Most professional executive resume writers will tell you to put just enough information in your executive resume summary to make a recruiter or potential employer want more information about you.

Employers Don’t Want to See the Same Information

Recruiters and HR Managers want to see something different. Your chances of landing your next executive job will take a big hit if your executive resume and LinkedIn profile are identical. It could signal to a recruiter that you’re lazy, not creative, or just don’t understand what LinkedIn is used for.

Typically, LinkedIn should be more conversational about how you accomplished certain things, while an executive resume should talk about business details. In a nutshell, your executive resume and LinkedIn profile should combine together to give an employer a clear picture of who you are, both professionally and personally.

There’s a fine line between crafting the perfect executive resume and writing a solid LinkedIn profile. Many executives use executive resume services to help distinguish the two. If you’re struggling with finding the right balance, feel free to contact us at any time for help.

About the author


Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of nine best-selling career books.