LinkedIn has around 700+ million members from all around the globe.
It is mostly the social media platform of choice of business people, professionals, and companies.
You can use it to build your brand, collect leads, find your rockstar employee, or look for your next job opportunity.
The platform is also known for being an online resumé,
Where the person’s “about” section can say a lot, and also includes his job experiences, his interests, and most importantly…
LinkedIn’s take on a person’s “review” – Recommendations.
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For those of you seeking employment, LinkedIn is one of the best platforms for headhunting.
There are thousands of companies and brands that are seeking employees daily.
However, there are also a thousand other LinkedIn users seeking employment, just like you.
The greatest way to stand out is to optimize your LinkedIn page in a way that establishes your professional credibility.
You should highlight your strengths, past experiences, and value to the industry.
Don’t forget to have an eye-catching banner and an engaging header too.
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Uploading your resume to your LinkedIn profile is one of the easiest ways to do this.
But your LinkedIn profile is already an online resume.
It already contains essential information related to your professional interests and affiliations.
Because of this, some might argue that uploading your resume on LinkedIn would be redundant.
Why Experts Discourage Adding Resume in LinkedIn
Before you do anything, consider why some experts discourage adding resumes to your LinkedIn profiles.
Aside from being redundant, you also lose control over your resume as soon as you make it public.
Other users have the ability to view, download, share, or use it without your knowledge.
This also means that some of your essential contact details will be open to the public.
Like your personal phone and mobile numbers, address, and anything personal.
Which can be used against you or you may even have a lot of sales calls – which I understand may be irritating.
Posting your resume can also be disadvantageous in looking for jobs on LinkedIn.
You lose the chance to tailor your resume in a way that best fits your prospective company.
This can also communicate the wrong message to your potential employers.
Carelessly uploading a resume may give them the impression that you don’t understand how LinkedIn works.
LinkedIn’s new design also removed the ‘Import Resume’ feature on the website and the app.
Because of this, posting resumes on the site isn’t as common anymore.
Most of the users opt just to fill out the fields in their LinkedIn profiles.
An optimized profile on LinkedIn is the best resume one can have.
Therefore, you should brush up on your social selling skills to properly establish your personal branding.
The site also has a “Profile Strength” feature where users can view the strength of their profile.
At least aim for “Intermediate” where you can see more relevant job recommendations and refined connection suggestions.
If you’re able to complete everything, you’ll get an “All-Star” accomplishment in which you’ll see more relevant feed updates and receive more profile views.
You can complete these steps by adding at least 5 skills, putting your education, industry, photo, position, summary, and location.
And according to LinkedIn, members with an up-to-date location are up to 23x more likely to be found.
If you’re adamant about adding a resume to your LinkedIn profile, you can still do so.
There are just a few extra steps you need to take.
How to Upload Resumé to your LinkedIn
Adding resumé to your LinkedIn profile is easy.
Make sure you already have a digital copy of your resumé and it is fully updated.
It is suggested that it should be in a .PDF format so it is easy to digest.
Once you have it ready make sure you’re on your desktop, laptop, or Mac.
Sadly, this feature is not available on LinkedIn’s mobile app, unless, you have a link for your resumé.
This is pretty basic, login to your LinkedIn account using your desktop, laptop, or Mac.
Put in the needed information and once you’re in, go to the next step which is:
Visit your profile
After going straight to the usual newsfeed, click on your picture.
It usually says “Me” and then click on the drop-down button, and then “View Profile.”
Add Profile Section
If you still don’t have any media on your profile, now is the time to add it.
You can add it by clicking on the “Add profile section.”
This is usually below your Name, headline, and number of connections.
After clicking it, you will open a new window.
The new window will include Intro, About, Featured, Background, Skills, Accomplishments, Additional Information, and Supported languages.
Choose “Featured” and it will have “Media” on its menu.
Click on Media.
Upload your Resumé
After clicking on “Media,” LinkedIn will open a folder on your desktop.
Make sure its .PDF Format
Choose your CV profile.
Make sure the file is in .PDF format before uploading.
If it’s in MS Word format, you can easily put it on .PDF by going to your MS Word then choosing Save As.
Before saving it, choose the file format to .PDF.
Complete your upload
Write the Title and Description before clicking ‘Apply.’ Afterward, click on ‘Save’ to return to your profile.
Now you have your resume on your LinkedIn profile.
However, if you choose to do this, it’s important to consider the pros and cons as discussed beforehand.
Make sure to upload the information you are comfortable with sharing with the general public.
LinkedIn is already known as an online resumé website.
It has a variety of members from employees, business people, and companies.
You can use it to build your brand, look for employees, or look for new job opportunities.
Your profile, once updated and optimized, is already your resumé.
You can still upload your resumé if you want to, only if you understand that putting it on your profile may mean redundancy.
It might turn off other companies too, as it would mean that you don’t understand how LinkedIn works.
Also consider that uploading your resumé online means the public will have access to your personal information such as phone or mobile phone number, address, and other personal information.
If you still want your resumé uploaded, you can easily do so by uploading it from your desktop, laptop, or Mac.
Uploading resumés on LinkedIn’s mobile app is not possible.
You can upload your resumé by going to your profile and clicking “Add profile section,”
From there click on “Media,” and select your CV profile.
It is recommended that it’s on .PDF file.
Complete your upload by putting a “Title” and “Description” and you’re good to go.
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