A strong LinkedIn presence is a powerful tool to advance your career. Showcasing your resume correctly will ensure you stand out among other candidates. Below, we’ll review four ways to add your resume to LinkedIn

How to Add Your Resume to LinkedIn

LinkedIn is considered to be the best online networking tool for job seekers. According to LinkedIn, 87% of recruiters use this platform to scout job candidates. Successfully using LinkedIn’s tools to get your resume to recruiters is crucial to gain more exposure and land the job you’re looking for.

Use the ‘Easy Apply” method

The smartest and most common way to upload your resume to LinkedIn is by using the “Easy Apply” button on a job application. “Easy Apply” means you can apply to the position directly on LinkedIn instead of being redirected to the company’s site.

Here's how to do it: 

  1. Click the “Easy Apply” button on the job posting. 
  2. Complete the required fields: name, email address, phone number and home address. 
  3. Under the “Resume” field, click the “Upload Resume” button. If you’ve previously uploaded a resume, LinkedIn will automatically select it. Click the “x” on the file name to upload a different resume. 
  4. Select the correct resume and upload it to your job application. 

Upload multiple resumes to your account

This is convenient if you want to keep various versions of your resume on hand. These resumes are only visible to you.

Follow these steps: 

  1. Click “Me” on your homepage, then “Settings and Privacy.”
  2. Go to the “Job seeking preferences” menu and choose “Job application settings.”
  3. Click the “Save resume and answers” button. 
  4. In “Default resumes,” select your files and upload them. 

Share your resume with your network

Adding your resume to a post enables your connections to share it with their network, improving your chances of getting noticed.

Here's how to incorporate it into a post: 

  1. Click “Start a post” at the top of your feed. 
  2. Hover over the page icon at the bottom of the window and click “Add a document.” 
  3. Select “Choose file” and pick your resume. 
  4. Add a title to your document. 
  5. Click the “Done” button. 

Feature your resume in your profile

LinkedIn also lets you add your resume to your LinkedIn profile if you wish to display it.

Here's what to do: 

  1. On your profile, hit the “Add profile section” button at the bottom of the first profile block. 
  2. Click “Recommended.”
  3. From the expanded list, select “Add featured.”
  4. On the “Featured” page, click on the plus (+) sign. 
  5. Select “Add media.” 
  6. Choose your resume. 
  7. Write a title and description for your resume. 
  8. Hit “Save.” 

It’s worth noting that experts don’t recommend this option. You won’t be able to tailor this resume to the jobs you seek, and your LinkedIn profile already has all the information a recruiter needs.

5 Tips to Get Noticed on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an excellent way to connect with industry peers and find your next job. Follow these tips to get noticed: 

1Tailor your resume:

Before uploading it, ensure it’s optimized with relevant keywords to bypass applicant tracking systems (ATS)

2Optimize your profile:

Like your resume, your profile must include relevant keywords to appear in the recruiter’s searches. Your job title, location and resume skills play a significant role, so look at job listings that fit what you’re looking for and use those keywords in your resume.

3Engage in the app:

Treat it like any other social media app. Follow potential employers or professionals you admire, share articles and comment on people’s posts. 

4Upload a professional profile picture:

According to LinkedIn, users with a professional profile photo have 21 times more views and nine times more connection requests than those without a picture. 

5Share your knowledge:

Writing original content lets your network and recruiters know that you keep yourself updated on industry facts.