Your resume is one of the few places where tooting your own horn is appropriate – as long as your horn is more of a trumpet than a tuba.
YES. YOUR RESUME SPEAKS FOR YOU WHEN YOU CAN’T.
But I’m a creative; I get hired from my portfolio.
In this market, a recruiter may not even look at your portfolio unless she already has a compelling reason to do so. Your resume has to not only speak for YOU – it has to speak for your portfolio. Does it? If the recruiter isn’t bowled over by your resume, she may not bother to look at your portfolio.
“Do I really need a resume AND a LinkedIn profile – aren’t they pretty much the same thing?” To answer that question, try looking at it this way:
Your personal brand is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the premier organization in mixed martial arts, hosting most of the top-ranked fighters in the world.
Have you ever gotten a job by uploading your resume to an online application portal? I haven’t, and I don’t know anyone who has. You could be the answer to an employer’s prayers, but if you don’t know how to appease the algorithm – by, say, using a sans-serif font like Verdana instead of a serif font like Times New Roman (for years the resume standard) – you’re sunk.