LinkedIn Resume Upload

Should You Upload Your Resume To LinkedIn Or Other Social Media?


In a word: Don’t.

LinkedIn has made it very easy to upload your resume as a .pdf to make it part of your LinkedIn profile. While it’s tempting to do this rather than to do a full profile (and it’s tempting to do it even if you already have a full profile!), please do not.

I have very serious reservations about uploading resumes. First, there are major privacy concerns. Your LinkedIn profile is fully (or at least semi-) public. Your contact information (address, phone number, e-mail etc.) are not necessarily public on your LinkedIn profile, but will become public if you upload your resume. Even if you remove this private information from your resume before you upload, by uploading your resume, you have made the resume itself public. You no longer have control.

That means that anyone is free to view, copy, download, use, pirate, and distribute your resume—all without your knowledge or consent. Whatever information you’re given by LinkedIn about views of your profile and downloads your resume is after the fact—after your resume has been downloaded and is in the possession of someone else.

Secondly, posting your resume on LinkedIn changes your job search from a private one to a public one. It practically screams, “I’m looking for a job!” While it helps your job search for the trusted people of your professional network to be quietly notified that you’re looking for new opportunities, it does not help to announce to the world. Why? Because recruiters, employers, potential clients, and quality networkers are looking for top candidates.

Top candidates are, by definition, people who are in demand. A top candidate therefore rarely “needs” a job, although she is open to opportunities. By publicly screaming, “I’m looking for a job!” you are simultaneously announcing that you are not a top candidate. Your LinkedIn profile needs to showcase your value and appeal, not your (real or perceived) desperation.

Third, as we’ve discussed in our client interviews, resumes work best when they are tailored to specific openings or employers. Posting your resume online means you have given up the chance to best present your resume to any legitimate recruiters or employers who view it. And the substance of the resume should be worked into your LinkedIn profile anyway.

Remember—if your LinkedIn profile is compelling, then a legitimate recruiter or employer surfing through LinkedIn will contact you. And then you can decide whether to provide your (targeted) resume. So posting your resume online gives you additional risk, but no corresponding additional reward.

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Shauna C. Bryce

Shauna C. Bryce, Esq. practiced law in New York and New Jersey before starting Bryce Legal Career Counsel, a boutique offering resume writing services for lawyers.


  1. I tend to disagree with this article,I posted my resume numerous times,never got any luck,look or answers just some annoying phone calls from an unwanted admirer which stopped after I changed my phone number..Its possible I will get another crazy phone call from another admirer but I doubt very much a recruiter will contact me on LinkedIn.Even though I am in doubt, I still post it because you will never know,an eclipse does happen once every few years.And as for your referral to being a top candidate.the screaming wheel does get the oil first.

  2. I also disagree. I don’t think all the people is looking for rewards, they are looking more for connection, to be LINKED – IN. However, there is people who misunderstand the point, just as other social medias, that go through the same situation.

  3. I am compelled to disagree with this article. As a recruiter, I’ve used LinkedIn, along with my uploaded resume to network with other recruiters. When my last contract assignment ended, it took me only one week to find a new full-time job. And guess how that happened? I added “Recruiter- looking for new opportunities” to my LinkedIn headline. That doesn’t mean that I was desperately screaming for people to hire me. It meant that recruiters should take a look at my credentials and contact me if they had any interest. It’s all about your perspective. If you’re desperately in search of a job, everything you do will read as desperate. The world we now live in is about connectivity and reaching beyond traditional boundaries. The best job candidates are outgoing and creative and willing to try new things to land a great position. In my opinion, this article is more discouraging than helpful.

  4. Excellent article and for all the right reasons, especially number three. I have three (legitmate!) resumes describing various aspects of my skill set and experience, depending on what the recruiter is looking for. You want to tailor your communications as much as possible.

    Also, if a recruiter must contact you, it allows you to know that someone (in which industry) is looking a you and allows you the opportunity to sell yourself before their decision is made, based on a static piece of paper.

  5. So following on from this would I be correct to assume that I should not have indicated on my linkedin profile that I am looking for a new job ? I am still currently employed but my current contract ends soon. In this context should I state on my profile that I am looking for opportunities so recruiters can contact me or is it better leave the profile as my current job title until my current contract expires. I was in two minds about this.

    On a similar note it is possible that two many recommendations could be counter productive ?

  6. Allison Comins-Richmond

    I loved Ms. Bryce’s piece. It was truly among the most practical, realistic and sensitive articles I have read and it is dedicated to a group most often neglected. I am dying to read all her other materials and listen to her clips. Best-


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