You would be looking to add your resume to your LinkedIn profile. 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”.
The easiest way to add your resume to your LinkedIn profile is by uploading it as a document in the media gallery. There are a two other ways to do it through a browser and one more way to do it by using LinkedIn app. Read on to understand different methods for doing so with the help of a few screenshots.
Let’s look at various options to CV (Curriculum Vitae) 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 Add 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: Use Featured Media
LinkedIn provides a feature to attach 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 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: Click on ‘View profile’.
Go to your profile, click on ‘Me’ in the rightmost corner. A dropdown menu will be displayed. Click on ‘View Profile’.
Step 2: Click on ‘Add section’.
Click on the ‘Add section’. A dropdown menu will be displayed. Click on ‘Featured’ tab.
Step 3: Click on the ‘Media’.
Click on ‘Media’ and attach your CV 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. By using this option, you can send a specific version of your CV while applying to a job using LinkedIn’s ‘Easy Apply’ feature.
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.
Option 3: General Job Applications
LinkedIn provides another option, which is similar to the Option 2 above. Here, you can use a specific version of your CV to apply to all the jobs. You can use LinkedIn settings to do this. Here is a step by step process:
Step 1: Click on ‘Me’ and then ‘Settings and Privacy’.
Step 2: Select ‘Job seeking preferences->Job application settings’ from this menu.
Step 3: 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 Upload Resume Using LinkedIn App?
You can also use LinkedIn app to attach your CV. Here is a step by step process:
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: You can attach your CV using ‘Manage your resumes’.
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 should you add your CV separately.
LinkedIn profile and your resume share many similarities but they are not altogether same. A resume is meant to target a specific job position. Apart from it, there are a few other benefits of uploading your CV to your LinkedIn profile. These are:
- A properly formatted document is more presentable and appealing. You can use it to highlight certain points of your career.
- Many recruiters want a document for their records as LinkedIn profile keeps on changing.
- 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. LinkedIn profile shows many other things that cannot be documented in a CV like your connections, groups, and presentations. Being active on LinkedIn will help you get noticed by the recruiters.
There are some disadvantages of adding the resume as well. Let’s take a look at some of them.
- Privacy Issue – Usually contact details like your name, address, phone number, email id are part of a CV. If you choose to attach your resume, your contact information will become public. In addition, your previous employer’s details will too get public. Furthermore, if the resume contains some sensitive data, the risk will become more. You should analyze your specific situation before uploading your resume.
- Redundant Data – Your LinkedIn profile contains many things that your resume has. Putting the same information twice is not really required. Your CV should be short and specific to the position applied for.
- 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.
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 tailor your resume for specific job positions.
It is generally advisable to tailor your resume as per the requirements of a job. If you apply for a job on LinkedIn using a general purpose CV, 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. To overcome this, you can send a targeted resume using “Easy Apply” as described in the option 2 above. You should check my other article on how to make a good resume for getting shortlisted for a job.
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.