Resist Uploading Your Resume to Your LinkedIn Profile

By Donna Serdula

You may run into “experts” who insist you upload a copy of your resume to your LinkedIn profile. This isn’t recommended. You want your LinkedIn profile to be the hook that gets people to request your resume. That way, you have control and can determine who gets to have access it. Your resume contains your complete career trajectory and you don’t want just anyone able to download it.

Recruiters love it when a resume is attached to your profile — this way they can read it without ever contacting you and they can immediately dismiss you without ever talking to you. You want recruiters and hiring managers and human resources people to contact you so that you can show them you are a real person — you can ask questions and make a great impression while engaging in human contact.

However, if you decide to upload your resume to your LinkedIn profile, consider removing your home address and any confidential information you aren’t comfortable sharing with the whole wide world. Your employer may not be too keen on you publicly sharing how you singlehandedly saved them from bankruptcy twice in the past six months.

Although uploading your resume to your profile isn’t recommended, you may feel otherwise. If you are clear on the reasons not to and still think it makes sense to do, here’s how:

  1. Open your LinkedIn profile.
  2. Move your mouse pointer over the section to which you want to add your resume and click the Add Media icon in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Upload a File. An Open dialog box appears.
  4. Locate and select your resume file from your hard drive and click Open.
    A picture of your content displays, and sometimes LinkedIn automatically fills in the Title and Description fields with information from the file. Regardless, update the Title and Description fields to something that makes sense for your reader.
  5. Click Save.