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  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 month ago
  • Author: Steve Twinley

An important tip if you are thinking of applying to new jobs.... Make sure your CV and LinkedIn profile match!

This may sound like a simple point, but at least half of the job applicants we have reviewed in the last few weeks (at all levels of seniority) have made mistakes around this.

Perhaps you have dusted off your CV following your mid-year review? It can be easy to forget to update both your LinkedIn profile AND your CV at the same time. Remember that prospective employers are likely to look at both your LinkedIn profile and your new CV, so please go through both alongside each other, considering the following:

📌Make sure the dates and job titles match (especially if you have had multiple roles within the same business).

📌Ensure your current role is in the present tense and that everything else is in the past tense.

📌Try to stay consistent with the language you use to describe yourself.

📌If you choose to remove older roles from your CV (which can be good idea in some situations, especially if you want to keep your CV brief), consider whether you want these roles to appear on your LinkedIn profile. People will have different opinions about this – my advice is to do what feels right to you, but remember that if people see gaps in your background then these may well become targets for questions in interview.

These are only minor points but are important to help you make the right first impression.

As an additional point...

Yes, it is very important that the factual information on your CV (job titles, dates etc) matches your LinkedIn profile, because inconsistencies are likely to be spotted by hiring managers and targeted in an interview.

HOWEVER…

Should there be some deliberate differences between your CV and your LinkedIn profile? What types of content should be included in one and not the other? This is more open to debate and discussion, and there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer. The key thing is to ensure that you make conscious, deliberate choices in how you present yourself.