Many executives ask me: “Should I post a copy of my resume directly on my LinkedIn profile?”.
My recommendation is not to do this. Keep your resume off your LinkedIn profile.
➡️ Not all resume content is 100% safe to share publicly.
Many of my executive-level clients don’t want certain content released on this public platform.
Resume content is typically very detailed and precise but certain work facts or company details may be best shared more exclusively (direct resume distribution) versus with millions of potential readers online.
LinkedIn is a great place to showcase abilities and achievements but still withhold certain specifics. For example, if you are working for a private organization the company may not want exact budgets, revenues, or sales numbers broadcasted publicly.
This doesn’t mean you can’t share high-level oversights or impacts. Simply modify information for ‘softer delivery’:
- Managed P&L of $50M
- Managed multi-million dollar P&L
- Grew annual revenue from $10M to $14M in 3 years
- Grew annual revenue 40% in 3 years
➡️ Readers could pass you up as a potential candidate if the single, stagnant resume doesn’t address unique needs – even if you are completely qualified.
Why risk sharing a resume that might miss the mark?
Resumes are most successful when they are customized for each unique opportunity. A static resume on your LinkedIn profile could do more hard than good. If a decision maker comes across it and finds content that doesn’t align with their unique business needs, or use similar industry speak, or touch on exact role requirements, they may not be able to see your value.
Writing a strong profile that attracts the right readers and recruiters is step #1. Step #2 is tailoring your resume for any opportunities that recruiters contact you about and giving it to them when asked.
➡️ Finally, if someone reads your resume and moves on without you knowing it – this is a missed opportunity to create a connection or conversation.
A resume posted on your profile may be read by dozens or hundreds of people over a period of a time. Who exactly has read it may never be known.
There is greater benefit to holding your executive resume close and releasing it only once a request occurs. This enables you opportunity to tailor the file for each audience/opportunity and generates a potential relationship – even if things don’t initially pan out.
The LinkedIn and resume can, and should, go hand-in-hand but create each uniquely. Build a strong LinkedIn profile that attracts the right viewers and then carefully control resume communications and distribution for greater job search success!
Looking to take your executive resume and LinkedIn profile to the next level to land your next job faster and increase your earning power? Visit me online at: www.CareerImpressions.ca to learn more about my award-winning resume writing, LinkedIn writing, and job search strategies for top professionals and executives located across Canada and the USA.