Do You Need a Résumé in the LinkedIn Era?

August 05, 2013

Filed Under: LinkedIn, Resume Tips, resume tips, Your Career, your career

Now that LinkedIn has become the standard place to present your professional history and credentials — not to mention the fastest way to check somebody else's — the humble résumé has lost its once-hallowed position as the canonical version of your professional identity. Your LinkedIn profile should be the most-viewed and most current version of your professional life. That has many people asking: Do I even need an old-fashioned résumé anymore?

The answer is a highly qualified "yes".

The Value of LinkedIn

In the past, résumés have served several functions:

  1. Applying for a job: When you're applying for an advertised position, you almost certainly need to submit a résumé as part of the application process.
  2. Job hunting: Even if you're not applying for a specific job, you may still use a résumé as part of your search process, as a way of introducing yourself to people who may be interested in your skills.
  3. Professional credentialing: Résumés act as a way of establishing your professional credentials in many circumstances, like grant applications, requests for proposals, and conference or speaker submissions.
  4. Professional memory: Your résumé is your own professional memory. Keeping it up-to-date is a way of ensuring you don't forget the professional accomplishments or qualifications you may want to highlight during your next job hunt.


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