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Is your LinkedIn profile and resume on the same page?

Make sure you are 
who you say you are

Recruiters believe people are less likely to exaggerate in public – where their friends and LinkedIn connections that know them can see – than they are on a resume submitted privately in response to a job posting.

To make sure your application doesn’t get rejected at this critical step, here are the three things recruiters look for when they perform the resume-LinkedIn comparison test
  1. Validation of Basic Personal Information - Life happened and thou you might not be sure about all those dates you changed jobs so long ago or you might think it unimportant, think again. Any gap in time implies you are hiding something that is meaningful. On top of this, go back and make sure that your LinkedIn timelines regarding past work history, responcibilities, and achievements line up with what is stated in your cv. Finding a new or better job offering is hard enough as it is - better not make it harder than it is. Any cracks here will most certainly get your cv dumded before the recruiter even looks at the rest..
  2. Demonstration of Specific Knowledge and Expertise - In the past, it was easy for anyone to claim they are “experts” or “gurus” in a given field, but hard to prove (or to verify). Not any more. In their LinkedIn Profiles, job seekers can link to their publications (books, ebooks, articles written, etc.), they can publish content on LinkedIn Publisher or pull in the feed from their blog. They can highlight their skills through endorsements. The LinkedIn Profile has become, in effect, an online portfolio. And in LinkedIn Groups, job seekers can demonstrate their expertise through intelligent participation in group discussions. And, as you can imagine, recruiters monitor Groups both to verify passion points and determine a candidate's perceived level of influence. LinkedIn allows members to join up to 50 groups, and, at least while you are in the job-search mode, that’s a very good idea. Join groups for your industry, profession, location, hobbies, and anything else that is relevant to you and your career. You never know which group a recruiter may be monitoring to find exceptional talent... 
  3. Independent Corroboration of Skills - LinkedIn Recommendations offer employers a form of “proof” that a skill or accomplishment proclaimed on the resume has been visible to someone willing to publish a recommendation for the world to see on LinkedIn. Those recommendations are connected to specific jobs listed in the profile, confirming the validity of that claim on the resume. Endorsements on LinkedIn, while they don’t come with the same level of credibility, are another way to verify claims made on a resume. If you claim to be a “start-up specialist” for example, and few of your colleagues and connections recognize you as such in endorsements, a recruiter may think twice about your honesty.
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And when you recruiters go to LinkedIn and you aren’t there, or if your profile is missing a picture or isn’t complete, 
the conclusion they draw is clear: you are not a serious job seeker. Remember, the recruiter has hundreds of applicants to consider, many of whom are chancers. For them, step one day one is to throw out all those resumes that don't look the part, look dodgy or plain. You should make every effort imaginable to distinguish yourself from them and present yourself as the professional that you know you are.

And when the day comes for the interview,
you better look good! 

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