Building Your LinkedIn Profile from Your Resume


Guest post today is written by @JesseLangley (see bio below)

Your LinkedIn profile and your resume work together like a building and its foundation. One without the other is incomplete and unsubstantial. In this analogy, your resume plays the role of the foundation, and your LinkedIn profile plays the role of the building. The purpose of your resume is to add solid support to your LinkedIn profile focusing on major details. On the other hand, your LinkedIn profile should pick up where the base left off and elaborate on the points addressed in the resume. To illustrate this concept in greater detail, consider how the two mediums work together from the following aspects.


The education sections of your resume and your LinkedIn profile can have a significant impact on an employer’s interest and willingness to hire you. As the foundation component of the analogy, your resume should only express the need-to-know facts of your educational background. This includes the name of your college and the years you attended, final G.P.A. and any notable awards or achievements during your time there. Your LinkedIn account will build on these facts by listing classes taken, grades earned in core classes, samples of papers and essays, clubs you were involved in, professor recommendations and so forth. If your education section isn’t as full as you would like it to be, you might consider going back to school or taking advantage of online education opportunities to enhance your education and improve your appeal to potential employers.

Since your resume is much more limited in terms of length and structure, it should be written in a strictly professional tone. Little bits of personality here and there are acceptable, but in general, you should save expression of your personality for your LinkedIn profile. Like the foundation of a building, the objective of your resume is intended for a practical purpose and not a creative one. Your resume should briefly introduce yourself to a potential employer by outlining your professional accomplishments and experiences in a concise, yet enticing manner. It’s important that you maintain a professional first impression, since this is usually a hiring manager’s number one priority. Naturally, your LinkedIn profile should always carry a tone of professionalism, but this medium is much more lenient in allowing you to express your creativity, personality and people skills.


Your resume should only provide a faint outline of who you are based on the information present in the document. The job of your LinkedIn profile is to fill in the details where your resume falls short. Referring back to the analogy, your resume should be an unequivocal and substantial representation of your professional core. It should list your training, your professional experiences, your accomplishments, and all of the facets that add to your credibility as a professional without exposing personal details. Your LinkedIn profile, on the other hand, sketches out your image in full detail by offering a space for photographs, videos of professional presentations, more room for content, and links to your social networking websites. In this way, your resume supports the professional image presented in your LinkedIn profile, and your profile has more room for creativity and more room for expression than your resume.


Jesse Langley specializes in writing about education, professional and personal development, and career building. He writes on behalf of Colorado Tech University.

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