Avoid Inconsistencies That Can Scare Employers Away

One of the fastest ways to scare recruiters and hiring managers away is with inconsistencies. If you’re actively looking, your resume may be the first time a potential employer meets you. If your resume catches their interest, the next step will be to view your LinkedIn profile.

To avoid raising eyebrows, make sure they won’t find any surprises. Your LinkedIn profile and resume shouldn’t mirror each other word-for-word. But there shouldn’t be inconsistencies either.

Job Titles

Start by making sure the job titles on your resume and LinkedIn profile are the same. If you have an obscure or inaccurate job title, you may choose to include the actual job title and a more accurate title with it. For example, if your job title is Analyst II, but your position is more System Analyst, you use Analyst II (System Analyst).

Always include the title given by your employer to ensure accuracy, this will be particularly important during any reference checks with HR. And make sure the title(s) are written the same on your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Positions

Make sure the positions are consistent as well. For example, if your LinkedIn profile lists three different positions at your current company your resume should as well. Many people make the mistake of clumping all their positions with an employer under their current and likely highest position.

This is a bad idea for a few reasons. First, it does not show any career progression. Second, inconsistencies can raise questions. Finally, it’s not accurate and may come back to bite you when it’s time for a reference check.

OK Variations

Obviously, you should have a photo on your LinkedIn profile but not on your resume unless you are applying for a job in entertainment, etc. Despite being a business networking site, LinkedIn is still considered social media. A photo is one of the first things that every recruiter and potential employer is going to look for; they want to get a sense of who you are.

When it comes to volunteer activities, it’s best to stick to those relevant to your career on your resume. However, your LinkedIn profile is the place to expand on what’s listed on your resume. Talking about coaching a local sports team or walking dogs at the shelter gives a little insight into who you are.

LinkedIn profiles should be written in a less formal manner. While your resume should be written in the “implied” first person it’s OK to say, “I love working in healthcare . . .” on your LinkedIn profile. Go beyond talking about what you do and share the why you do what you do.  Relax a bit and let people know who you are.