Why You Should Think Twice Before Uploading Your Resume To LinkedIn

LinkedIn has made it very easy to upload your resume as a PDF to make it part of your LinkedIn profile. While it may be tempting to do this rather than creating a complete profile from scratch, you should avoid it.


Your resume and LinkedIn profile should be considered two separate resources for your job search. Sure they are very similar and you should use your resume as a guide to your LinkedIn profile, but it’s important to differentiate the two a bit!

Why here…

There are major privacy concerns

m LinkedIn profile Fully (or at least semi) public. Your contact information (address, phone number, email, etc.) on your LinkedIn profile is not necessarily public, but becomes public if you upload your resume.

Even if you removed this private information from your resume before uploading it, by uploading your resume, you made the resume public. You are no longer in control. That means anyone is free to view, copy, download, use, pirate and distribute Your resume– All without your knowledge or consent.

Any information provided to you by LinkedIn about views of your profile and downloads of your resume is factual—after your resume has been downloaded and is in someone else’s possession.

This makes your job search public

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Posting your resume on LinkedIn will make a difference Job search From private to public. It practically screams, “I’m looking for a job!” It helps your job search for your trusted people Professional network To quietly let it be known that you are looking for new opportunities doesn’t help to announce it to the world.

why Because recruiters, employers, potential clients and quality networkers are looking for top candidates. Top candidates are, by definition, people in demand. A top candidate, even if he or she is open to opportunities, rarely “needs” the job. Openly shouting, “I’m looking for a job!” Simultaneously declaring that you are not a top candidate.

Your LinkedIn profile needs to be displayed your worth And appeal, not your (real or perceived) frustration.

This is not the best way to showcase your professional skills

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Resumes that are tailored to specific job openings or employers work best. Posting your resume online means you’re giving up an opportunity to present your best to legitimate recruiters or employers who view your resume. And whatever the substance of the resume is, it should work on your LinkedIn profile.

Remember: If your LinkedIn profile is compelling, it’s legit Recruiter or employer Surfing through LinkedIn will contact you. And Then You can decide whether or not to provide your (targeted) resume.

So, in conclusion, posting your resume online involves additional risk, but no reward.

How is a LinkedIn profile different from a resume?

A LinkedIn profile is a professional social media profile that helps you manage your personal brand, connect with colleagues, network with other professionals, and find the right jobs and opportunities to advance your career. In your LinkedIn profile, you can list your work experience, skills, education, interests, licenses and certifications, and more. You can also give and receive recommendations and endorsements.

A resume lists work history, skills, and education relevant to a specific job.

Think of your LinkedIn profile as a summary of your entire career and personal brand, and your resume as a customizable document that looks different for each position you apply for.

Need a LinkedIn profile?

Yes, every professional should have a LinkedIn profile. This is the best way to showcase your skills and experience to recruiters. Without a LinkedIn profile, recruiters can’t find you.

Also, if you apply for a job, the first thing a hiring manager will do is look you up on LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, they’ll likely see that as a red flag (you’re old, out of touch, irrelevant in your industry, not good with technology, etc.) and probably toss your resume as such. A result.

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This article was originally published on an earlier date.

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