LinkedIn has 600 million users – but can this professional networking site actually help you land work?
If you know how to correctly upload your resume on LinkedIn, you’ve taken a big step in the right direction.
Keep reading to learn how to add your resume to your LinkedIn profile, so you can find the latest jobs and be found by employers.
Should You Upload Your Resume to LinkedIn?
The short answer is yes – but you want to make sure you put it in the right place.
First, don’t just copy and paste your resume into your LinkedIn profile.
Treat them as different but complementary job-seeker tools. Your resume should be targeted at each position you apply for, whereas your LinkedIn profile is a summary of your entire career.
Two Options for Uploading Your Resume to LinkedIn
You have two options for uploading your resume on LinkedIn.
1. Upload your resume as a supplementary file
First, you can add a supplementary document to your profile by clicking the pencil icon above your contact information:
Next, click “Upload” and select your document (ideally in PDF format so anyone can open it).
Other users can then download and view your resume when they visit your profile.
2. Upload Your Resume on LinkedIn’s Job Page
Your second option (and the best for job seekers) is to upload a new resume each time you apply for a job using LinkedIn’s job search page.
Follow these steps if you’re not sure where to start:
Step 1. Find a job you’d like to apply for
Click the “Jobs” icon at the top of the screen. It looks like a miniature briefcase, and is on the right side of the menu on the top of the page
This will take you to a page where you can search for jobs by name and location.
LinkedIn will also show you recommended jobs based on your previous searches.
Once you select a job, the advertisement will show how it matches your skillset (assuming you completed this part of your profile).
If it’s a good fit, just click “Easy Apply.”
Step 2. Upload your resume as a PDF or Word document
You’ll be shown this form with the option to upload your resume:
Click “Upload” and attach your resume.
Step 3. Double check your application
Before you click “Submit application,” make sure your resume content is targeted at the position by tailoring your resume skills section to the language in the job ad.
If you’re not sure where to start, dive in to our comprehensive list of resume tips and check off anything you’ve missed.
Step 4. Submit – and you’re done!
Once your resume is in top shape – click “Submit application.”
That’s all there is to it.
LinkedIn also has some premium features to aid your job search if you’ve got the money to splurge. For most candidates, simply submitting your resume is enough to start finding work.
Two Reasons to be Careful Uploading Your Resume to LinkedIn
There are two reasons we don’t recommend uploading your resume directly to your LinkedIn profile.
While uploading a supplementary document is ideal if you have a portfolio or samples of creative work that enhance your profile, a resume contains too much personal information. This puts your privacy and security at risk.
Specifically, if you write your address on your resume (which is still considered standard practice by most), it will be available for other LinkedIn users to access. Anyone who stumbles upon your page could potentially find out where you live, your phone number, and all sorts of information you’d rather keep to yourself and legitimate employers.
Also, putting up a general resume means that you can’t specifically target one company. Many recruiters and hiring managers expect the best from applicants, and a generic resume that doesn’t address their particular needs will likely fail to meet their high standards.
You should instead tailor your resume to the job if you want to stand the best chance of landing an interview.
Knowing how to correctly post your resume on LinkedIn is a great way to find more job opportunities. By uploading a targeted application for each job, your resume and LinkedIn profile can be used together to great effect and help you land more interviews.
If you’re looking to improve your resume before you upload, don’t forget to check out our free HR-approved resume builder.
Good luck on the job hunt!