You would be looking to upload or add your resume to your LinkedIn profile.
One ways to upload your resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) to your LinkedIn profile is by adding it as a document in the media gallery. There are a few other ways as well. Read on to understand different methods for doing so with the help of a few screenshots.
In this post you will find answers to questions like “How to upload resume to LinkedIn” and “How it can help you in your job search”.
Let’s look at various options to add CV to LinkedIn.
Note: You should also check my detailed guide on making a compelling resume. It will help you in building your career.
How to Upload Resume to LinkedIn Profile?
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site. It contains thousands of job vacancies. To apply it directly, LinkedIn offers two options to include your resume in the profile.
Option 1: Add your resume as a featured media
LinkedIn provides a feature to upload articles, links, files, or any other document to their own profile. You can use this to upload your resume under the heading ‘featured media’.
All uploaded media items are displayed in your LinkedIn profile using which employers can directly access your resume. Here is a step by step process:
Step 1: Go to view profile
Go to your profile, click open ‘Me’ dropdown menu in the rightmost corner. Click on ‘View Profile’.
Step 2: Click on the add profile section
Click on the ‘Add profile section’ dropdown menu and then expand the ‘Featured’ tab.
Step 3: Click on the media
Click and select ‘Media’ and upload your recent resume file from your computer.
You can now change your privacy settings to make your resume publicly available. By doing so, your personal information such as name and address will also be accessible to all.
Option 2: Easy apply
This option is slightly different from the previous one as it allows you to work with multiple versions of your CV. You can send a specific version of your CV while applying to a job using LinkedIn’s ‘Easy Apply’ feture.
You can find the job listing by using the following steps:
Step 1: Click on the ‘Jobs’ in the top row.
Step 2: Click on easy apply
Search for a job that is relevant for you and then click on ‘Easy Apply’. Fill in the required fields and then click submit the application.
Note: You can click on the listed job to get more details about it.
Step 3: Click on apply on LinkedIn
By clicking on ‘Apply on LinkedIn’, you will be redirected to a new page. You can attach a specific version of your CV that is relevant to the job opening.
Option 3: General job applications
LinkedIn provides another option, which is similar to the above option. Here, you can use a specific version of your CV to apply to all the jobs. You can use LinkedIn settings to do this.
You can follow the below-mentioned steps to use this feature:
Step 1: Click on ‘Me’ and then ‘Settings and Privacy’
Step 2: Select ‘Job seeking preferences’, from this menu select ‘Job application settings’.
Step 3: Remember to turn ON the ‘Save and manage your resumes and answers’ button.
Step 4: Click on the ‘Upload’ button and select your recently updated resume file from your computer.
How to Add Resume in LinkedIn App?
You can also use LinkedIn app to upload your CV. Here are the steps to do so.
Step 1: Open the LinkedIn app on your phone. You can download the app from the playstore and install it.
Step 2: Click on the jobs tab given at the bottom of your screen.
Step 3: Click on the three dots given at the top of the screen.
Then go to manage application settings.
Step 4: Under manage your resumes you can upload your resume.
Should you Add your Resume to LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is a professional networking site. You can use it to connect with potential employers and widen your job search. Your LinkedIn profile is akin to your resume or CV. Then the question comes why you need to add your CV separately.
LinkedIn profile and your resume share many similarities but they are not altogether same. In addition to showing your live profile, LinkedIn shows many other things that cannot be documented in a CV like your connections, groups, and presentations. A resume, on the other hand, is meant to target a specific job position.
Apart from targeting a specific position, there are a few benefits of uploading your CV to LinkedIn.
Firstly, a properly formatted document is more presentable and appealing. You can use it to highlight certain points of your career.
Secondly, many recruiters want a document for their records as LinkedIn profile keeps on changing.
Lastly, many companies list their job openings on LinkedIn and you can directly apply to these positions by uploading your resume.
Your profile is likely to get noticed more by recruiters if you upload a recent resume and regularly update your work profile. Being active will help you to get the attention from the recruiters.
There are some disadvantages of adding the resume as well. Let’s look at some of them.
1. Privacy Issue
You have all your private details like your name, address, phone number, email id mentioned in your resume. It is never advised to share such details publicly. At the time you choose to upload your resume, the same time your information becomes public.
Not only your details but your previous employer’s details will get public too. Moreover, if the resume contains some sensitive data, the risk will become more. Take time to analyze and then upload the resume.
2. Redundant data
You already have a LinkedIn profile and uploading your resume will make the data redundant. Hence putting the same information twice is not required. While applying for a job via LinkedIn, the recruiters will automatically get your copy.
3. Access to all
When you sync your copy of your resume on LinkedIn profile, anyone can view and download a copy from your profile. This may create a problem for you in the future
4. Tailor your resume
It is generally advisable to tailor your resume as per the requirements of a job. If you apply for a job on LinkedIn using your uploaded resume, you may lose the chance of putting your best foot forward as same resume for every job posting might hamper your chance of getting selected. You should check my other article on how to make a good resume for getting shortlisted for a job.
To over this, you can send a targeted resume using “Easy Apply” as described in the option 2 above.
Both your LinkedIn profile and resume are useful for career progression. In some ways they are complementary to each and both have their own advantages It’s totally up to you to upload your CV on LinkedIn or not but I would strongly suggest you to do so.
While applying for a job, you should include your LinkedIn profile URL in the resume. It will help you to get attention of the recruiters. If you want, you can also customize your Linkedin profile URL.
Over to You
LinkedIn is a powerful platform for career oriented professionals and job seekers.
Have you used LinkedIn to apply for jobs? Was it helpful? Do you think addition of CV will help you in your job search further.
I would love to hear from you.
My best wishes for landing a good job.