In the digital age, the options for placing one’s credentials in front of prospective employers are more numerous than ever. But not all these opportunities provide equal exposure. For many financial professionals seeking a position that fits their career path, a traditional resume is a solid and necessary start – but using online tools like LinkedIn can provide a needed boost.
Resume vs LinkedIn: Do I Need Both?
Some financial hiring professionals argue that, in the financial world, a resume is no longer necessary – a sufficiently up-to-date LinkedIn profile will do. Should you follow this advice?
While it is absolutely crucial to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date, you should also have a traditional resume or CV available for hiring managers in both a paper and electronic format. Your resume does several things your LinkedIn profile may not do:
- It condenses your most relevant experience to one or two pages, allowing hiring managers to review your background quickly without clicking through a LinkedIn profile’s many pages,
- It streamlines your information, allowing you to emphasize your own key skills, experience, and goals – without worrying about how to make LinkedIn’s layout options work for you.
- It catches the eye of hiring managers who aren’t looking on LinkedIn.
Catching the eye of hiring managers who aren’t searching LinkedIn is crucial for two reasons. First, it ensures your job search reaches a broader audience. Second, it demonstrates that you are willing to take an extra step to find the position that best fits your abilities and goals – and it matches you up with employers who are willing to do more than type out an Internet search to put the right person in an open position.
Using LinkedIn Effectively
With your resume updated and polished, it is time to ensure your LinkedIn profile matches. Your LinkedIn profile should be up to date at all times. The information it provides should match the information on your resume – including dates, position titles, and names of current and former employers.
Due to its design as a social media site, LinkedIn opens up several options that traditional resumes do not. These include:
- Using keywords to draw employer searches to your profile,
- Personalizing professional network messages to build your network and reach out to prospective employers,
- Joining LinkedIn Groups to demonstrate your active interest and participation in your career field.
LinkedIn offers a place to meet prospective employers as well as a place to post your own professional profile. By combining these and having a resume available when you need it, you cover a much broader job-search base, improving your chances of landing the position you want most.
The experienced recruiters at Daley and Associates have the professional expertise and extensive network necessary to help you find a great position in the financial industry and pursue your career goals. If you are looking for Boston CPA or our financial jobs, contact us today to learn more.