LinkedIn has quickly become one of the most popular platforms to find work.
Whether you are a seasoned LinkedIn user, or just starting to make your account, figuring out how to upload your resume on LinkedIn can be tough.
That’s where we come in.
In this article we go into great detail on the following:
- Should you upload your resume on LinkedIn?
- Where and how to add your resume on LinkedIn.
- How to upload your resume for LinkedIn job applications.
- Things to consider before upload your resume on LinkedIn.
- How to add your LinkedIn to your resume.
- *Bonus*: LinkedIn tips most job seekers don't know.
Feel free to jump around from section to section by clicking on the links above.
Despite some differing opinions, the answer is ... yes.
Some might argue that adding a resume on LinkedIn defeats the purpose of a LinkedIn profile.
However, that’s not necessarily true.
Your LinkedIn profile and resume are two different marketing materials helpful for any job search.
A LinkedIn profile should show more detailed information such as ...
- Volunteer experience
- Work experience dating back more than 15 years
Your resume, by contrast, should not include volunteer experience, recommendations, or work experience dating back more than 15 years.
While a LinkedIn profile is an excellent resource for networking, we are nowhere near a time where LinkedIn profiles will replace the resume.
Below, we will walk you through exactly how to upload your resume on LinkedIn, as well as some additional tips to be successful in your job search.
LinkedIn provides a few key locations to upload your resume. We will focus on the two most popular options.
Upload your resume below your profile summary.
1. Here is an image of a LinkedIn profile with a resume attached below the profile summary.
2. To add your resume to your LinkedIn profile, you will first click on the pencil icon (see picture above).
Once you click the pencil icon, you will look for the section labeled “Media.”
Next, click the “Upload” button.
Finally, select the resume from your computer that you would like to upload, and then click “Save.”
You have successfully added your resume to your LinkedIn profile.
2. Add your resume as a link in your summary.
Another good way to add your resume to LinkedIn in a slightly more subtle fashion is to include a link to your resume within your LinkedIn profile.
A great place to add the link is at the bottom of your summary section.
The best way to turn your resume into a hyperlink is to upload it to Google Drive, which is free and easy to use.
Making your resume viewable from a private link has many advantages.
For example, if you are networking on LinkedIn, it’s not always possible to attach a resume to your message. Sometimes attachments are not accepted.
By including a link to your resume, you easily get it in the right hands.
Here’s how to upload your resume to Google Drive:
1. Go to the Google Drive website here: https://www.google.com/drive/
2. Create a Gmail account or log in with your existing one.
3. Click on the “New” button on the top left of the screen.
4. Then select “File upload.”
5. Select the resume file that you want to turn into a link.
6. Once the file has been added to Google Drive, you will receive a notification on the bottom right of your screen that your upload is completed.
7. Click on the resume that you just uploaded onto Google Drive.
This will open the document.
8. Click on the three bubbles on the top right of the resume. Then click “Share.”
9. Click “Get shareable link” ... and don't worry, you're almost done.
10. Finally, make sure the settings say “Anyone with the link can view” and simply click “Copy link” to have your very own custom link to your resume.
We know that was a bit of a process, but we think it’s worth taking the time.
Now that you have the link, let’s head back over to your LinkedIn profile.
As mentioned previously, a great place to include your resume link is at the bottom of your LinkedIn summary section.
Quick Tip: If you don’t like the way the Google link appears (lengthy and with lots of random numbers and letters), you can use a link shortener.
Copy and paste your resume link into Bitly.com (free to use without signing up), and you'll have a new, shorter link that you can add to your LinkedIn profile.
In addition to adding your resume on your LinkedIn profile, you will also want to upload your resume for LinkedIn job applications.
You can do this manually for every single job to which you apply ... but why would you want to when you can work smarter, not harder, and do it once?
When you are applying to a job through LinkedIn, you will get a pop-up that looks like this:
Instead of clicking on the “Upload” button under the “Resume (optional)” section, click on “Application Settings.”
From there, click on the “Upload” button under the “Default Resume” section.
Then upload your resume.
Now, when you go back to apply to the job, your default resume will automatically be added.
LinkedIn will automatically add your default resume to every job application, saving you bundles of time when applying to jobs.
If for some reason you decide not to use that version of your resume, you can easily delete the resume and add a new one.
While uploading a resume on LinkedIn is not a bad idea, there are some things you should consider before uploading your resume on LinkedIn.
- Privacy: Do you have your address, email, and phone number on your resume? If so, is that something you want publicly visible?
- Confidentiality: Will adding your resume to your LinkedIn make your current employer think you are looking for a new job?
- Consistency: Does any of the content on your resume contradict what is on your LinkedIn? Make sure they both have the same dates, job titles, etc.
All in all, uploading your resume to LinkedIn is not a problem as long as you consider the above scenarios.
Many people have been asking how to add a LinkedIn profile to a resume.
There are two main ways to do this with very little effort.
But first, you will need to make sure you have a Word Doc version of your resume so that you can make minor edits.
Option 1: Add a link next to your contact information.
Simply open up your resume in a Word document and add your personal LinkedIn profile link.
To find your LinkedIn profile link, first log onto LinkedIn.
Once you are on the Home page, click on your face on the left side of the page.
Now you are on your personal profile page.
The link at the top of the page is your personal link (see mine below).
Just highlight the link. Then copy and paste it onto your resume.
If you prefer, you can also choose to type it out manually.
Option 2: Add a LinkedIn icon and hyperlink it to your LinkedIn profile.
You can download this LinkedIn icon to use on your resume below.
Once you download the icon, you simply drag and drop it onto your resume.
Right-click the icon on your resume. Then select “Hyperlink.”
Lastly, copy and paste your personal LinkedIn profile link (we explained how to find this earlier) and click “OK”.
Congrats! If you followed the steps above, you successfully added your LinkedIn profile to your resume.
Did you know that LinkedIn recently updated its “Career interests” section?
If you go to your LinkedIn profile and scroll below your summary section (above your “Experience” section), you will find “Career interests.”
Since I am happily employed, you can see this section is turned “Off” for me.
However, if you are job searching, it may be a good idea to turn it “On.”
To do this and more, click on the “Career interests” section.
Once you are in this section of your profile, go ahead and flip the switch “On” to let recruiters know you are on the market.
Next, make sure all your information is up-to-date:
1. Add a compact and compelling “Note to recruiters on LinkedIn.”
2. Update your job search status.
3. Add job titles you are considering.
4. Select your location preferences.
5. Add your distance-from-home preference.
6. Choose the types of jobs you are open to.
This will allow you to appear in recruiter search results.
It can help increase the number of interviews you receive and provide some insight into the kind of opportunities you are looking for.
Additional LinkedIn Resources
All in all, LinkedIn is a great tool to showcase your resume, professional skills, and job search preferences.
If you are on the market for a new career opportunity, we highly recommend taking full advantage of LinkedIn.
While the primary focus of this article was to help upload your resume on LinkedIn, we invite you to review more of our career advice related to LinkedIn.