May 07, 2016

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LinkedIn Tip of the Week: 4 reasons not to upload your resume to LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and it is designed primarily for the business community. So, obviously you would think that a downloadable resume/CV would be a great addition to your profile. This is a common misconception, however. Instead of increasing your chances of being contacted, uploading your resume may actually reduce them.

Here are 4 reasons why:

1) Protect your Privacy

Your resume is supposed to be a relatively private document, and the only people who should see it, are the ones you choose.

When uploading your resume, you run the risk of disclosing personal information which shouldn't be accessible on the internet. Identity theft is real so make sure that you protect your most important job-seeking document.

2. Don't appear desperate

Every recruiter is looking for the best candidate. Showing desperation is rarely the best way to entice recruiters and interesting employers.

If you are a top candidate for a position, show it by creating an interesting and professional LinkedIn page, show that you have experience within the field and what makes you stand out from the crowd.

3. Nothing left to find 

A LinkedIn profile is a very important tool and it should contain enough information to make recruiters want to contact you. But leave the most in-depth details for your resume.

By adding your resume to your profile, recruiters may believe that they know all about you just from reading your LinkedIn profile. Instead, state clearly that you'll forward your detailed resume upon request.

4. Neglecting the good resume

Lastly, the purpose and main strength of enclosing a resume to your application is that you get the opportunity to shape the resume so it fits the profile of the job you are applying for. A generic resume uploaded to your LinkedIn profile is a less exciting read and it will not get much attention from recruiters.


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    Sissel Jakobsen
    Sissel Jakobsen