Do you keep a LinkedIn PDF file?
Have you ever wished you could remember the words you used in an old version of your LinkedIn profile:
- Like when you realize an earlier iteration described your accomplishments better?
- Or you think a change hurt your SEO?
If you save your LinkedIn profile to a PDF file before each change, then you don’t have to remember anything.
The Client Email That Prompted This Post
I ask this question because of an email I received from one of my clients last night:
This client is a consultant who has been evolving his business model and tweaking his LinkedIn profile to reflect the changes — but not saving each version of his profile along the way.
How To Save Your LinkedIn Profile as a PDF
To avoid losing text you might need later, save your profile to a PDF before you update it. It couldn’t be easier to do.
As shown with the red arrows below:
- Click “More.”
- Click “Save to PDF.”
How to Name Your PDF Files
You will see find that LinkedIn downloads your PDF file in a few seconds.
The filename is “Profile.” I like to rename my files like this: LinkedIn Account Profile, 08.04.19. That name makes the files simple to find and lets me search for old versions by approximate date.
What You Get in Your LinkedIn PDF
Open your profile and your download. Compare the two and you will see that LinkedIn mostly gives you narrative text.
My download includes my:
- Contact information.
- Top 3 skills.
- Honors & Awards.
If there’s something in particular you want to save, be sure to check your PDF for it. If it’s not there, take a screenshot of it and name the file consistently with your download.
The most glaring omission I see is a complete Skills list.
Why Create a LinkedIn PDF?
If you save a copy of each version of your LinkedIn profile, then you never have to reinvent the wheel if you want to restore all or part of an earlier iteration.
Our careers shift. Sometimes we head in old directions. When we do, it’s good to be able to go to an earlier file. Thus, make saving your current profile the first step you take on every update.
Beyond that, each version of your profile documents your career. Those versions are your history. Someday your biographer or your kids might find them priceless.
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.
Updated August 2019
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