There are 20 million open jobs on LinkedIn. 55 job applications are submitted on the platform every second.
In short, if you’re using LinkedIn as part of your job hunt, you want to stand out. A professional resume uploaded to LinkedIn can help you do just that.
How to add resume to LinkedIn
LinkedIn makes it easy for potential employers to scope out your skills and experience. In fact, you have three options to upload your resume with the networking platform:
- Upload resume as an attachment to your LinkedIn profile.
- Save different resumes on the platform for job applications.
- Add your resume through LinkedIn’s Easy Apply.
Here’s how to add your resume to LinkedIn step-by-step using each option. We also provide guidance on when to use each one.
1. Upload your resume as an attachment on your LinkedIn profile
Save your resume to LinkedIn as an attachment. With this option, a potential employer can visit your LinkedIn profile and download your resume directly from the platform.
To upload your own resume, start by clicking “Me” on your LinkedIn toolbar and go to “View Profile.”
Next, select “Add profile section.” Go down to “Featured” and then click on “Media.” Find your resume on your PC or Mac and open the document.
Title your resume and add a description (note: description is optional). Once you’re satisfied, click “Save.”
Your resume is now featured on your LinkedIn profile. A potential employer can view this document when they visit your profile, as well as download if they wish.
When to upload: You can use this LinkedIn uploading option when you are publicly seeking new job opportunities and want potential employers to be able to download your resume.
It’s important to note, however, that your resume contact information will be available to anyone who visits your LinkedIn profile. Consider creating a professional, separate email address and a Google Voice number to include on your public resume and protect your privacy.
2. Save different resumes to LinkedIn for job applications
It’s time-consuming (and frustrating) to upload a different resume every time you apply to a new job.
Luckily, LinkedIn allows you to store different resume versions. This way, you can easily select and send to an employer whenever you apply to jobs on the platform.
First, go to “Me” on the LinkedIn toolbar and then to “Settings & Privacy.”
Next, click on “Job seeking preferences.” Select “Change” under “Job application settings.”
From here, simply upload different versions of your resume. LinkedIn will save up to four versions of your resume for easy access when you’re applying for jobs.
When to upload: You’re actively applying for a variety of jobs on LinkedIn, each requiring a tailored resume. For example, say that you’re applying for marketing and sales jobs.
You have one resume targeted at “Sales Rep” positions while another is designed for “Marketing Manager” positions. Upload both resume options and use when applying to sales and marketing jobs.
3. Add your resume to LinkedIn’s Easy Apply
If you’re applying for a job through LinkedIn’s Easy Apply option, you can quickly upload your resume as you go through the application process.
Click “Easy Apply” on a job posting.
Fill out your contact info and then select “Upload Resume” to add the document to LinkedIn. Click “Next.”
Finish filling out any additional questions, review, and then submit your application.
When to upload: Use this option if you’re occasionally applying for jobs through Easy Apply and don’t need saved copies of your resume. You just need to upload as you go.
Upload a professional resume
Whatever uploading option you choose, a well-written, professional resume is crucial to the job-hunting process.
At ResumeSpice, we’re here to help. Our career consultants at ResumeSpice will expertly guide you through creating an amazing resume and LinkedIn profile. Contact us here or call us at 832.930.7378. We’d love to work with you!