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June 08, 2009

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Ian R McAllister

Your LinkedIn profile is not a CV/resume. LinkedIn - like Facebook, MySpace, etc - are social networking sites. LinkedIn is a business networking site, and the reason you put your career history there is primarily for networking or selling over getting a job.

This means that there are things in your LinkedIn profile which an employer may not want to know, or are wholly irrelevant to your job application: eg, nice that you got a cheerleader medal 20years ago, but how does that apply to managing in a retail environment today?

A CV/resume is a personal and factual sales pitch at a specific job - no more, and no less. Your LinkedIn page is a networking profile first, and unverified confirmation of your skills at best.

Good Luck!

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