Is It Ok to Just Apply with My LinkedIn Profile?

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During your job search, you’ve likely come across options to apply via LinkedIn with the “LinkedIn Easy Apply Button.” But should you? Or is it better to take the more traditional approach and apply using your resume?

When you apply to a job through LinkedIn, you have the option to upload your resume – and we recommend including your resume any time you have the option to do so. In almost all situations, recruiters still review a candidate’s resume to assess whether they’re a potential fit for a role. And because LinkedIn has made it so easy to apply without a resume, candidates who do submit a high-quality resume can really set themselves apart.

However, it’s important to understand what recruiters see when you apply via LinkedIn. When you hit that submit button, they’re going to view your:

  • Headline
  • Current job title
  • Past job titles
  • Education
  • Recommendations
  • Connections
  • Contact information

If any of this information isn’t currently up to date ­– positioning you in the best light for the opportunity – it won’t reflect well on your candidacy. Even worse, recruiters consider it a red flag when there are inconsistencies between your LinkedIn profile and your resume. It’s a lot to get right, especially if you’re still employed on a full-time basis. To make the process a little easier, look online for LinkedIn profile samples or search out the best LinkedIn profiles for inspiration.

If you’d prefer professional help, turn to the LinkedIn profile writers at ResumeSpice. We offer a LinkedIn profile service that will represent your professional accomplishments and abilities in a way that will give you an edge over other candidates. Learn out more by reaching out to our team at 832.930.7378 or by contacting us online.