Linkedin Summaries Vs. Resume Summaries

Linkedin Summaries VS. Resume Summaries: What's the Difference?


Summary sections allow you to articulate your value in a way that a bullet point on a page of a resume cannot. These days you have to take into account your LinkedIn profile as well as a resume summary. The two should echo each other but should not be carbon copies. Knowing how to differentiate the two can be confusing.

The best way to describe the difference is to think of your LinkedIn profile as an overall snapshot of your career in informal language allowing you to speak from your own perspective about where you've been, where you're going, and what drives you and your career. Think of it also as an opportunity to start a conversation with a connection or an employer. There should be additional details of value here that a hiring manager can’t get from your resume.

The summary or profile section on your resume is the opposite. It is formal and does not include ‘I’ or other pronouns. This is where it's important to keep things business focused and concise, six sentences at the most. You are articulating the skills you possess that make you a candidate deserving of consideration for the job to which you're applying. It should be specific and relevant to the job description.

This section of your resume is your quick pitch to the hiring manager as to why they should keep reading and that you meet the requirements they put forth. This is not the time to be generic about what you can do or to be lazy and leave the same summary for every application. This is where you highlight the skills and assets you bring to a specific role. It is your chance to give a calculated elevator pitch without the sweaty palms and nervous stutter. Cross-reference your own skill set versus what the job description is seeking and it'll be easy to craft this section.

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