We’ve seen more and more stories recently of people finding work through LinkedIn. So why would a job seeker look anywhere else for online networking? Here is one reason why it’s a bad idea to limit yourself, as a job seeker, to just LinkedIn.
The 1 Résumé Problem
It is common knowledge that when applying for a job, the candidate should customize the résumé to that position.
We have blogged about the importance of keywords before. Basically, if you want Google to return your name when a recruiter searches a keyword, you need to have chosen the right ones to put in your profile.
When going for a job, the hiring manager will look to see if your résumé is generic, or if you have really addressed the organization’s concerns.
LinkedIn gives you only one résumé.
And to make matters worse, people are actually uploading a traditional résumé to be downloaded from their LinkedIn profile.
Once someone gets control of that document, you have no idea where it will end up. And if you haven’t customized it, you could be written off completely.
We have several clients who are testing the waters in two or more different industries. There is no way for them to cover all bases with just LinkedIn alone.