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.

Three Reasons to Put Your Resume on LinkedIn

Here are three reasons to put your resume on LinkedIn. You’ll notice they are all about recruiters.

  1. Recruiters search LinkedIn for candidates.
  2. Recruiters don’t want to be “intrigued” by snippets of information about you.
  3. Your only chance with a recruiter might be when they’re looking at your profile.

Really, 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. 

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

Unless posting your resume in your LinkedIn profile will harm your career, do it.

Give recruiters one-stop shopping.

Don’t hide.

Make it easy for them to discern your suitability for their search.

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 (more on that here).

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here. The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.

I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at for more information.

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Updated June 2017

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