There are two ways to add your resume to LinkedIn:
- Add your resume to the Featured section on your profile
- Upload a resume every time you apply for a job using LinkedIn’s “Apply easily” function
You can also turn your LinkedIn profile into a resume PDF if you keep your profile up to date, which is handy if you need a resume fast.
1. Add your resume to your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn allows users to upload articles, links, and files to their profile. If you want employers to read your resume when they find you on LinkedIn, add your resume by following these four steps:
Step 1: Go to your profile by clicking “Me” in the upper right corner and then “View profile”.
Step 2: Click the “Add profile section” button.
Step 3: Select “Recommended” and click “Add featured”.
Step 4: Click the plus sign on the right to upload your resume and add it to the Featured section on your LinkedIn profile.
2. Upload your resume to a LinkedIn job application
The best way to add your resume to LinkedIn is to upload a targeted resume each time you apply for a job using LinkedIn’s “Apply easily” function.
Follow these steps to upload your resume to LinkedIn during the job application process:
Step 1: Find a job listing with an “Apply easily” icon and click on it to see the job description.
Step 2: Click the “Apply now” button and complete the required fields. If the button just says “Apply”, you won’t be able to upload a resume via LinkedIn but will have to apply through the company website.
Step 3: Select “Upload Resume” to add a resume file.
Step 4: After carefully reviewing your application to make sure you’ve included the correct documents and answered all the required questions, click “Submit application”.
LinkedIn will store your four most recent resumes, which allows you to update your resumes and target different jobs. You can find your saved resumes under LinkedIn’s job application settings, and easily change them.
If you want to get your resume off LinkedIn, you can remove it by clicking “delete” on the application settings page or clicking the pencil icon on the Featured section, depending on where you uploaded it.
Should you add your resume to LinkedIn?
While it can be nice to have a polished version of your resume available on LinkedIn, we don’t recommend uploading your resume for two reasons.
First, depending on your privacy settings, your resume is available for anyone on LinkedIn to view and download. It’s important to be careful when sharing personal information, such as your name and address.
Second, LinkedIn already shows your work history. Adding your resume on top of your profile is unnecessary and leaves employers with a lot of redundant information.
However, uploading a targeted resume using “Apply easily” is a great way to use the LinkedIn platform to its fullest.
If you decide to upload your resume to LinkedIn, you can do so on your computer or by using LinkedIn Android and iPhone apps.
Having trouble uploading your resume to LinkedIn?
If you’re still having trouble uploading your resume to LinkedIn, you may be using the wrong file format. PDFs, .doc, and .docx are all supported.
It’s also possible you’re following the old method to import a resume to your profile’s “About” section, which no longer works. If you want to add a resume to your LinkedIn profile, you must do so by uploading it to the Featured section following the steps above.