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LINKEDIN VS THE TRADITIONAL CV

Friday 30th October 2015
WHY USE LINKEDIN?
LinkedIn is used by professionals across many industries where they can connect with other professionals in their field or industry to build and develop a professional network. It provides a place for prospective candidates looking for jobs to showcase their skills, interests and professional experience to recruiters and potential employers.

A LinkedIn profile works as an online CV where users create an online profile to include details of where they currently work, previous employers, the skills and responsibilities associated with their roles as well as relevant achievements and accreditations. Users are able to highlight their skills, which in turn, their connections can endorse them for. LinkedIn users can also add video content, written posts and portfolios as well as writing and receiving recommendations for work undertaken.

Techgig.com states ‘For many professionals, resumes are static documents that are dusted off and updated only when they begin a new job hunt’. In contrast to this, LinkedIn profiles are dynamic and always changing with users updating their experience and status.

WHY HAVE A CV?
Generally speaking, the first port of call when looking to develop our careers or change jobs is to update our CV and we are not yet in a place where LinkedIn is deemed to be a complete solution.

Your CV can be a good judge for recruiters on a candidate’s attention to detail in areas such as consistency and formatting and whether there are any typos. Consistency is important when updating both your CV and your LinkedIn profile. It’s important that both your profile and your CV emulate each other so that it doesn’t leave potential employers wondering which document is accurate and which one isn’t, if they don’t match up.

LINKEDIN VS TRADITIONAL CV
It has previously been said that potential employers can find out more valuable information about a candidate from their LinkedIn profile then they can from a traditional CV, such as their character traits and personality. Increasingly, Companies are adopting the hiring culture of a ‘good team fit’ over ‘relevant skills’, where a candidate may have all the skills to do the job but if their personality doesn’t fit in well with the existing team the Company selects an alternative person who they view as being a better ‘team fit’. Therefore LinkedIn given the ability it has to showcase more of a candidate’s personality can save time for recruiters as they will have more evidence to say whether the candidate matches the criteria to meet the team.

LINKEDIN IS A POWERFUL TOOL FOR PROFESSIONALS, BUT COULD ITS STRENGTHS ALSO PROVE TO BE ITS LIMITATIONS?
It's been said that many users find it difficult to continually maintain an up to date profile on LinkedIn. An incomplete profile or a profile that has not been updated for months on end could hinder a professional if they are actively looking for a new role. Those users with profiles that are up to date, relevant and with a strong network of connections tend to have more success.

COULD THERE BE A TIME IN THE NOT SO DISTANT FUTURE WHEN THE TRADITIONAL CV IS FORGOTTEN AND LINKEDIN BECOMES EVEN MORE PROMINENT?

Although the majority of recruiters in today’s market utilise LinkedIn to some extent to identify and source candidates, to solely rely on LinkedIn would effectively discount those professionals who choose not to set up a profile.

To maximise success in the job market candidates should ensure they have both an up to date CV and a LinkedIn profile. As mentioned earlier, LinkedIn is a great way for recruiters to see more of a candidate’s personality, something not ordinarily conveyed in a formal CV document. But a CV doesn’t need to be as rigid and formal as it once was; candidates should try new innovative ways to stand out from the crowd and allow employers to see more of themselves, after all your CV will definitely not be the only one that employer is looking at, so what makes you different from everyone else?

What are your thoughts? Is the death of the traditional CV looming? Will LinkedIn become the primary outlet for all professionals to use when looking for a job? We'd love to get your views on this leave a comment or tweet us @AmsourceTech.
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