Should I Submit a LinkedIn Profile or Resume When I Apply? |

People submit LinkedIn profiles, resumes, Monster resumes or their own resume when they apply for jobs?

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Should I apply for a job using my LinkedIn profile or resume? Posted resume to this equation.

In other words, should I use a fixed static way of responding or something that might be dynamic?

If you see a position or find out about a position and decide to apply for it, what's going to happen?

You send your LinkedIn profile in response. Does your LinkedIn profile demonstrate your fit? Does it demonstrate your fit and represent you fully for this position? No. It's a static document.

How about No, because it is not tailored to the specific of what the company is looking to hire.

Why does that matter?

Because usually the generic resume or typical LinkedIn profile does not go into enough detail to demonstrate fit for the job. Why would you think they would care about that?

Indeed is even worse because they strut about your ZIP Code from every resume forward. That's worse because whenever recruiter is searching for someone for a position, we all start our service that people local to the area where the job this. We search by ZIP Code because that's the most precise. We don't search by city and state. We can't search by area code because the numbers are portable.

For example, I now live in North Carolina and have a mobile phone with an area code for what I lived on Long Island, outside of New York City. You can't expect the firm to contact you because they're not simply searching for a particular skill. They are searching for someone with that particular skill who is in a particular geographic area without ZIP Code, we are unlikely to ever find you.


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