Choose a method of uploading your resume to LinkedIn
Once you’ve created your LinkedIn account, you can use it in various ways to enhance your professional career. Along with networking with others in your industry, you can upload your resume for recruiters to view and apply for jobs on LinkedIn.
Upload your resume to the Featured Media section
The featured media section is where you can upload or add items to your main profile page. You can use it to showcase your work, such as articles you’ve written and presentations you’ve given. You’ll also find that it allows you to provide external links to portfolios, resumes, and other content. Uploading your resume to this section is simple:
If you choose this method, remove any contact information from your resume, as it will be publicly available. Don’t worry about being reachable. If someone sees your resume and thinks you may be a good fit for a job, they can message you on LinkedIn.
Apply simply with Easy Apply
LinkedIn posts millions of jobs on its site . When you find a job you want to apply for, LinkedIn’s Easy Apply option will come in handy. Note that if the job posting only has an “Apply” option, you’ll visit an external site to fill out an application directly with the company. Here’s how to add your resume to a job posted on LinkedIn when the Easy Apply option is available:
Create a post for your resume
Having your resume available is a good idea for employers and recruiters who come across your profile. A more proactive way to get it in front of more eyes is to make your resume a LinkedIn post that will appear in your connections’ home page feeds. All you have to do is:
With this method, people can now download your resume directly from the post. Again, make sure you remove any contact information from your resume that you don’t want to share publicly. Since this is a feed post, consider adding a few simple sentences about your career goals and aspirations.
Take advantage of having a resume on LinkedIn
There are many advantages of having a resume on LinkedIn. Uploading to Easy Apply simplifies the application process. Having your resume on LinkedIn also helps you gain exposure, letting recruiters and connections alike know you are job searching.
Once uploaded, LinkedIn also uses your resume to recommend jobs, help grow your network and personalize your feed. Here are a few other things to do to get the most out of LinkedIn:
1. Download the LinkedIn app. Treat it like any other social media app. Check it often, engage with others, follow potential employers to stay up to date on their happenings, and share articles that you think are interesting.
2. Have a current and professional profile picture. According to LinkedIn, users with profile pictures have 21 times more views and nine times more requests for connections than those without a picture. When choosing a photo, keep in mind this is a professional platform.
How to upload your resume to LinkedIn: 4 options
Your LinkedIn can be a more comprehensive version of your work history, but your resume should still be tailored to your career goals. While a keyword-optimized profile can help a recruiter or hiring manager find you on LinkedIn, most hiring professionals still want to see a resume before bringing you in for an interview.
LinkedIn once offered a summary section that could support resume uploads, followed by an About section. The About section remains, but no longer supports added media. The latest option for displaying your resume on your LinkedIn is by adding it to the new Featured section of your LinkedIn profile.
1. Feature your resume on your LinkedIn profile
This is probably what you’re looking for. Your resume will be available on your LinkedIn profile as a separate document. Depending on your privacy settings, anyone logged into LinkedIn may be able to view and download your resume.
On that note, be mindful of the fact that resumes tend to include information that your LinkedIn doesn’t. To maintain privacy, consider making a modified version of your resume that doesn’t include information about yourself or your work experience you don’t want to make public. In other words, you can omit much of your contact information.
Pro Tip: Save your resume as “[Your Name] resume.” This will help recruiters locate your resume if it gets saved to a database. If you have a common name, you can also add your industry or target position: Allen.Smith.Accountant.doc or Sarah.BrownRN.doc.
2. Add your resume to LinkedIn for Easy Apply applications
In addition to uploading your resume to your profile, you can save several resumes on LinkedIn to quickly attach your resume when you apply for a job. This is useful if you have multiple career or keyword targets to list on your resume.
Related: if you use this method, you can also download your resume from the LinkedIn app to your phone for job applications on the go. Use Google docs or a similar app to edit your skills and qualifications for each job application.
3. Share your resume as a LinkedIn post
Many people have opted to share their resumes with their LinkedIn networks, which can be a good way to ask for feedback. It also serves the purpose of informing your connections that you are looking for a new job.
2. Click on “share a document.” This is the fourth and final icon at the bottom of the “Create a post” window. It looks like a piece of paper with the bottom corner folded over. (The other options are a plus sign, picture, or video icons.)
4. Use your resume to fill out your LinkedIn profile
Finally, you can opt to use your LinkedIn as a standalone part of your job search. You don’t need to upload your resume if you already have all the important information on your LinkedIn!
Your LinkedIn has many of the same sections as your resume: a summary, work experience, skills, education, certifications, and volunteer experience. If your LinkedIn is complete, you don’t need to upload your resume as well.
Keep in mind that your LinkedIn and resumes serve different purposes, so you want to make sure they are both up to date and keyword-optimized. Our team of experts recommends that you attach a resume to every job application, but check out our post on where to post your resume online for our thoughts on security risks.