Should I Put My Resume on LinkedIn?

Should You Put Your Resume on LinkedIn?

Many people wonder, “Should I put my resume on LinkedIn?”

If you’re an active or passive job seeker, your LinkedIn profile should contain your resume.

5 Reasons to Put Your Resume on LinkedIn

Here are five reasons to put your resume on LinkedIn.

  1. Per 2019 research, “time to hire” is the most commonly used recruiter performance metric.
  2. Recruiters search LinkedIn for candidates.
  3. Recruiters don’t want to be “intrigued” by snippets of information about you.
  4. Your only chance with a recruiter might be when they’re looking at your profile.
  5. It might help you get a bigger raise (more here).

Recruiters Need Speed

You can shave days off the recruiting cycle by making your resume available to recruiters via LinkedIn.

They don’t have to:

  1. Reach out for your resume,
  2. Wait for you to respond.
  3. Finally look at your resume.
  4. Then invite you to interview.
  5. Wait for your response — as their hair grows grayer.

Rather, they can move right to “Here’s a sexy job. You look like a fit. Let’s schedule an interview.”

If they have their eyes on their “time to hire” metrics — and their bonuses — you look order of magnitude more attractive than most people who have bare bones profiles.

Recruiters Don’t Want to Be “Intrigued?”

I asked a group of recruiters how they feel about resumes on LinkedIn. These were my favorite comments:

“If I don’t absolutely have to spend time dealing with something as a recruiter, I’m really grateful.”

Like jumping through hoops to see your resume…

“As a recruiter, if I come across someone who is either a) suitable for a role or b) can assist in a search, I will contact them.”

It’s easier for a recruiter to know if you’re suitable for a role when you provide your resume. A lot easier. 

One More Big Reason to Put Your Resume on LinkedIn

Research has found that people lie less on LinkedIn profiles than on resumes.

That’s because their colleagues, friends, and relatives, who know the facts about their careers, can see their profiles.

Thus, you’ll make your resume more believable by sharing it on your LinkedIn profile.

Don’t Ask, “Should I Put My Resume on LinkedIn?” — Just Do It

Unless sharing your resume on your LinkedIn profile will harm your career, do it.

My favorite way to do this is to copy and paste the text of your resume into the relevant fields of your LinkedIn profile.

Give recruiters one-stop shopping.

Don’t hide.

Be credible.

Make it easy for recruiters to discern your suitability for their searches.

Why? Because every time they have to click to learn more about you, there’s a risk of losing their attention forever.

When you have their attention, give them what they want.

Then Protect Your LinkedIn Profile

Plagiarism is alive in and well in this world.

Be sure to take these three easy steps to protect your profile (and your resume) from being copied by others.

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer.

The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.

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Updated November 2019

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Comments 2

  1. Donna, I agree that the resume is the foundation of the profile; however from there one must take it a step forward and personalize it. The Summary, for instance should be written in first person and can be longer than the resume’s Summary. Some disagree with this, as it makes reading more difficult to for recruiters to read all it. They shouldn’t. They should only read what’s highlighted by all caps headers.

    The Experience section can also be personalized. In this section one might want to only include accomplishment statements and leave off the duties. Where the resume would have a job summary, the profile would have something more akin to a mission or personal statement.

    But, in general, the profile starts off with the resume. And is built from there. Thanks for the thoughtful post.

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