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Discrepancies Between LinkedIn and your Resume

Kent Nolen

The debate as to whether or not one needs both a resume and a LinkedIn profile continues, despite the fact that each serves a distinct and important purpose. But let’s set that discussion aside and simply assume that you have both (as I recommend you do).  I can’t even begin to count how many LinkedIn profiles I see where the information does not match the information on the resume. I’m talking about things like dates and titles.

Here’s the thing. You don’t want the content of your LinkedIn profile and the content of your resume to be exactly the same. You want those two documents to complement each other and work together to create your “brand.” But specific information like job titles and employment dates should match up perfectly.

Why there is ever a discrepancy baffles me. More critically, any discrepancies could raise a red flag in readers' minds. And those red flags could be the difference between an interview or important connection.

If you have both a resume and LinkedIn profile (again, you should), stop what you are doing and compare the two right now. If your dates and job titles don’t match, fix them.