Why aren't my IMDb credits automatically merged with my IMDb resume?

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So, I have a resume account through IMDb Pro, which includes the ability to maintain a resume. Since IMDb doesn't automatically populate these credits, I have to add them manually. So, when people browse my IMDb Pro profile, they will see nearly all my credits duplicated, and all the duplicates that are on my resume account are listed as "unverified by IMDb."

So, really, what's the point of having the resume portion of IMDb Pro if there's no connection between the two, and everything I list in my resume is going to appear as a sloppy duplicate when I'm looked-up on IMDb Pro? I understand having the ability to add projects and experience that isn't on my IMDb profile in my resume, but if someone looks at my resume and I haven't entered in all the projects that are in IMDb, then it looks like I've done nothing.

So, why are these not connected at all??
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Stefan Hajek

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Vincent, Champion

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IMDB name page credits have nothing to do with your resume.

You do not control an IMDB name page, it does not belong to you. IMDB name pages are "about a person", they are edited and updated by anyone but must follow specific criteria for credits to be kept.

Aside from having a staff that reviews submissions, IMDB name pages are similar to wikipedia or any other online database of information that is edited and updated by the public. IMDB name pages are not your resume, it does not belong to you and it will never include your full work history (only things you were credited for). You also won't be allowed to remove valid credits from an IMDB name page because this is public information and it's simply not up to you.

Paying for a resume service is something else entirely. You control your resume just like you would if you made a paper version or posted it to any other resume site. You can add your entire work history (including things that could never be listed on an IMDB name page). No one but you can edit your resume and it will only include what you want on it.

So no, they are not connected at all. It's kind of like asking why your resume is not included in an encyclopedia entry that just happens to be about you.
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So, you're still not addressing the issue. On my IMDb Pro profile, there is a list of IMDb credits, and also listed there are the credits that are included on my resume. Most of these are duplicates. So, there's no way to reconcile this so that the two databases at least communicate and eliminate the redundancy. So, I have the choice of either having all these duplicates or not having any of my verified IMDb credits on my resume. Further, if you don't connect the two, then all the duplicates on my resume have indication that they aren't verified by IMDb, when they actually ARE verified. Seems like sorting out a way to at least have the two pieces communicate to clean up the display on IMDb Pro would make complete sense.
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Hi Stefan -

On your IMDbPro page, your verified credits will display under the "Filmography" section, if you have credits listed on your Resume page, these credits will automatically be displayed under the "Additional Credits" section on your IMDbPro page.   Filmography data and Resume page data is separate, this is why they cannot be merged.

The Additional Credits section will display whether you have verified credits or not, the only way to prevent this section from displaying is by removing the credits listed on your Resume page.  If your credits are duplicated, the best suggestion I can offer is to remove the credits from your Resume page.
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I get all that. The only problem is, if I remove all the credits that are IMDb-verified from my resume, I don't really have a resume. Kinda defeats the point of having it in the first place. The entire issue I have is that you're listing all the credits on my resume as "additional credits," when they're not actually additional. They're just duplicated because there's no connection between the systems. 

What I'm suggesting is that the IMDb team evaluate best practices for this and I'm betting they'll see the disconnect and be able to sort out the ability to connect the two so that the redundancy is removed.
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A year later, there's still no reconciliation of this issue from IMDb. A professional's resume should automatically include IMDb credits without the pro having to enter them again. That creates redundancy that is wholly unnecessary. So, I either have the choice to have duplicate credits under "Additional Credits," on IMDb pro, or I can have a completely blank resume. Do you guys not see how this makes zero sense?