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“Should my Linkedin summary be the same as my resume summary?”


I am often asked whether LinkedIn summaries and resume summaries should be the same. The answer is simple: DEFINITELY NOT!

There are 3 main reasons to write different summaries for LinkedIn and your resume.

  1. Your resume summary should be short – no more than 5 or 6 lines at most and preferably less. Your LinkedIn summary is expected to summarize your career and highlight your main strengths, therefore needs to be longer. Think of it your LinkedIn summary as a mini bio and you’ll be on the right track.
  2. Your LinkedIn profile should be written in a more informal style than your resume summary. When people look at any web profile, they expect to ‘hear’ your voice coming through. A resume summary is traditionally more formal in tone. This doesn’t mean your LinkedIn profile shouldn’t be professional, just that it should sound more like you. This means that it’s OK – in fact it’s recommended – to write in the first person and to include the word ‘I’ in your LinkedIn profile. (check out my profile for an example of this)
  3. Recruiters will probably check out your LinkedIn profile and resume at different times, but generally they will look at both. When they do so, they expect to find additional information, not a carbon copy of what they have already read.

For these three reasons, you must approach your resume summary and LinkedIn summary quite differently and never copy words from one on to the other.

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About the Author

Louise Fletcher

Louise co-founded Blue Sky in 2002 after a career as an HR executive. Her industry experience includes music, video games, fashion and advertising. She lived and worked in the US for many years, but moved back to her native UK in 2012, where she now lives in the Yorkshire countryside. In addition to her full-time role with Blue Sky, she's a professional artist, so you can imagine why she couldn't answer the 'what do you do with your free time' question! Contact Louise by email.

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