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Beginning a new job search can take a lot of work. These days, applying to jobs is not as simple as walking into your favorite store, talking to the manager, and leaving with a job. Although that scenario can still happen, most people now apply for jobs online.
And when applying for jobs online, the three tools that are incredibly important to use in your job search is LinkedIn, a stellar resume, and a well-written cover letter.
LinkedIn is an online networking site that helps connect job seekers with recruiters and advance professional networks. In the digital age, networking is done both in person and online and LinkedIn is the place to be for the online version.
Many younger job seekers have LinkedIn profiles, but if you are new to the job search after a long time in a position, then you may find that you also need to learn to navigate this new mobile networking community.
Your LinkedIn profile is like an online resume– it gives people an idea of who you are as a career professional. It includes job experience details, your education, and it can be completely customized to you.
If you are filling out your first LinkedIn profile or are updating an old one, you may stumble upon this question: “Should I upload my resume to LinkedIn?”
The answer to that question can be complicated and the answer to that is, it depends on where you are uploading it.
Here are the nuts and bolts about uploading a resume to LinkedIn:
On LinkedIn, there are two main sections to upload your resume: on your profile itself and as an attachment for job applications.
If you want to upload your resume to the profile you should upload it under the summary section of your resume. You can add many different types of attachments throughout your LinkedIn profile, such as pictures and documents.
Adding pictures and documents are usually uploaded below the specific experience or education related to the documents; however, if you choose to upload a resume, it should be near the top, easily accessible to recruiters.
But just because you can upload a resume to your LinkedIn profile, should you?
Before uploading your resume to LinkedIn, you should think about what kind of impact that could have on your job search and your privacy.
While it is an option, uploading your resume to your profile may not be the best decision and you should think carefully before you do.
Your LinkedIn profile is a public space– everyone who you are connections with at the very least will have access to that information. But the information posted on LinkedIn versus your usual resume has one huge difference: contact information.
On your resume, you may have your address, phone number, and other personal information.
Do you want that readily accessible to anyone who is a connection of yours on LinkedIn?
For many profiles, if someone has your profile link, they can read everything posted on your profile. Don’t make it easy for your identity to get stolen.
If you upload your resume to your profile, you might come across as desperately looking for a job, which just fuels the question, “if they are such a good candidate, why are they so desperate?”
Your resume should be specific for each job, tweaked to perfection so that recruiters know you are specifically qualified for that particular position. If you put it on your profile, then you don’t allow room for tailoring the resume to job applications.
In other words… it can appear lazy to upload your resume to LinkedIn, especially if you do this instead of building a LinkedIn profile.
You may already have a job and want your job search to be private. If you add your resume to your profile, then your company could see that. Adding your resume to your LinkedIn profile makes your job search no longer public.
If you have your resume uploaded to the profile, then there are fewer reasons for a recruiter to contact you. It makes you as a candidate feel less human.
If you have an amazing profile, then recruiters will be intrigued and will contact you to learn more and to ask for a resume. Then the real conversation begins and it will help them connect you as a person with your skills detailed on your profile and resume.
However, if you want your resume to be as freely available as possible for recruiters, are fine with people know you are seeking jobs publicly, and keep private contact details off your resume, then uploading your resume to your profile may be a good decision for you.
If you are not sure what to choose, it is best to err on the side of safety and keep it off your profile, but that doesn’t mean recruiters won’t be able to see it easily.
When you apply for jobs directly through LinkedIn, you can upload it with the job application. Then you can make your resume specific to the job application.
So now that you know the pros and cons of uploading your resume to LinkedIn, how do you do it?
If you have been with LinkedIn for a while, you may have noticed that you can no longer upload your resume to your profile the same way. Can you still do it? Yes, but you just have to learn the new way of uploading your resume.
On your profile, you will see a pencil icon in the top right corner of the “About You” section of your profile. It is the icon you can press to make changes to that section of your profile. When you click on it, you will notice that many options will pop up on a small window.
Below the summary text box, you will see an option to add documents to your summary– that is where you can add your resume to your profile.
You can also upload your resume to job applications made through LinkedIn. LinkedIn profiles are more generalized resumes– you can upload a more specialized one (with cover letters) to job applications made through LinkedIn.
Under the job application through LinkedIn, there will be an optional space to upload your resume before submitting your job application.
Applying for jobs can be a hectic time in your life. Knowing what to add to your LinkedIn profile and what to not add is important to making a good impression on future employers.
In most cases, it is best to avoid uploading a resume to your LinkedIn profile because of privacy concerns and the negative impression it can make on employers. However, direct applications for jobs through LinkedIn allows private resume uploads that can be job-specific.
No matter what you choose, be conscious of what you want to be public and private on the internet. And with these tips, you can be sure that your resume and LinkedIn profiles land you your next job.
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