3 Ways LinkedIn Summaries and Resume Summaries are Different

December 4, 2014

Career Advice

It’s true. There is a difference between LinkedIn profiles and resumes. But they sure do have a lot in common. One of those things is the summary. But each summary has different goals and expectations. We’re going to break them down for you so each of your summaries can shine and help you land that dream job.

The Length
LinkedIn summaries are longer than resume summaries. A resume is all about conveying the most important information in the most effective way possible — and it’s about landing this specific position. Although there are less words to write, the resume summary will be more challenging to piece together and it could change for each job you apply for.

The Tone
On LinkedIn, you can write more informally and more conversational than on a traditional resume. In fact, it’s expected. Luckily, it’s easier to express your personality and voice on LinkedIn because you aren’t as restricted when it comes to space. And it’s totally okay to say “I” instead of referring to yourself in the third person.

The Content
A LinkedIn summary sounds more like a personal biography or your own personal story, while a resume summary is 100% career focused. Since many recruiters will look at both summaries, use LinkedIn as an opportunity to expand on the information provided on your resume. It’s okay to incorporate your major selling points and a few impressive statistics in your LinkedIn summary as well. Sell yourself!


About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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