In working with job seekers regularly, I see lots of resumes; so much time, thought and hard work that has been lovingly poured into one document that’s supposed to sum up your entire career. No big deal, right?
I recently realized that it’s been quite a while since I saw a resume on anyone’s Profile. I did some investigating and found my answer in LinkedIn’s Help Center:
Being able to view someone’s resume on their LinkedIn Profile was often a very helpful feature for me, and I’m sure, many other recruiters as well. We could take a look, download, screenshot or simply pull up to review someone’s background thoroughly and share with a hiring manager. So, I was a little disappointed to find out that they’d done away with this feature. But then it dawned on me – it’s not really “gone.” It’s just not as obvious!
Let’s take a look:
We are always able to include links and “media” on our Profiles. This can include videos about our business, one-pagers, a recent interview we did… endless possibilities. All you have to do is include a link or upload a file from your computer.
You can start by going to your Profile and clicking on the pencil icon in the top portion to edit your Profile.
A dialog box will open, including the edit fields for the entire top portion of your Profile. When you scroll to the bottom of this box, you’ll see a “Media” section. In this particular case, you’ll want to click on “Upload” in order to upload your resume:
A new dialog box appears that will show you a thumbnail image of the file that you’ve uploaded.
From here, you can modify the Title and Description fields. These two fields are important because they are what anyone viewing your Profile will see when they find the thumbnail view of your resume:
Don’t forget to click on “Apply” when you’re finished editing these fields.
LinkedIn will then take you back to the original dialog box where you will need to click “Save” in order to ensure that your resume is posted to your Profile. They will see the thumbnail directly under your Profile Summary, like this:
If you’re actively seeking a new position, and have no concerns about being bold and putting that information out there, this is a great way to take an extra step and make the process just a little bit easier for recruiters, HR representatives and hiring managers. It also allows you to proudly share the work that you did in perfecting your resume!
Upcoming and recent college graduates – this is an excellent detail for you to include on your LinkedIn profile as you prepare to enter the job market. Your potential employers will eat this up, I promise.