Q: I saw your answer last week about LinkedIn invitations. My question is: For a lawyer, how does a LinkedIn profile differ from a résumé?
A: A LinkedIn profile can be shorter…for example in the employment section, you needn’t list every job you’ve had…just your current role (or what you’re looking for, if between jobs) and a couple of your most relevant prior jobs. The profile should include a picture, though your résumé wouldn’t. And people can “endorse” you on LinkedIn, in connection with your profile, although you wouldn’t include “testimonials” on your résumé.
LinkedIn is a good tool for lawyers. Browse other lawyers’ profiles (or have a friend already on LinkedIn show you some). You’ll get the idea and can also decide if you want to infuse a “mood” in your profile, e.g., about your zeal for/pride in your client service. Again, that’s not the kind of thing you’d do in a résumé.
If it might help, compare my résumé–accessible via www.underadvisement.com in the About Kathy Morris drop box–with my LinkedIn profile. It illustrates these points. Very good question!