If your work experience is already on your LinkedIn profile, it’s easy to have the site automatically generate a resume for you. Here’s how to do it.
How to generate a resume from your LinkedIn profile
All LinkedIn profiles contain a button to download the profile as a PDF. This PDF is basically your resume, with all the experiences you have listed on LinkedIn. This includes your academics, work experiences, and anything else you have on your profile.
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To download this short resume, first open LinkedIn in a web browser on your computer. When LinkedIn opens, click on your profile icon at the top of the site and select ̵
On the profile page, directly below your profile picture, click on the ‘More’ option and select ‘Save as PDF’.
In a few moments, your browser will start downloading your resume PDF from LinkedIn.
That’s all you need to do to quickly generate an automatic resume from LinkedIn, but you may not want to send it to potential employers exactly as it is. In that case, check out the section below.
Generate a custom resume from your LinkedIn profile
The resume you downloaded above contains all the information you have on your LinkedIn profile. If you’d like to add, edit, or delete parts of your resume, use LinkedIn’s resume creation tool. This allows you to choose which sections to include or exclude from your resume. When you are satisfied with the result, you can download it as a PDF to your computer.
Open LinkedIn in your web browser to start building your custom resume. On LinkedIn, click on your profile icon in the top right corner and select ‘View Profile’.
From the profile page, select ‘More’ in the section at the top, then click ‘Create a resume’. This will launch the LinkedIn resume creation tool in your browser.
In the “Select a resume” pop-up that appears, click the “Create profile” button at the bottom.
In the next box that says “Choose your preferred job title”, click the “Job Title” field and then enter your current job title. Then select a title from the suggested options and click “Apply” at the bottom.
You are now on the LinkedIn resume creation tool screen. Here you can add and exclude any information you want in your resume. To add or remove a section from your resume, click the pencil icon next to a section on the page.
The site opens a window with the section you selected in it. Here you can edit the content of your section and click “Save” at the bottom of the box to save your changes. Or you can click “Remove” to remove this section from your resume completely.
When you have finished editing your resume, click “Preview” at the top of the LinkedIn site to preview your resume.
When you’re happy with the result, click on ‘More’ at the top of the LinkedIn site and select ‘Download as PDF’. This will download your resume as a PDF to your computer.
You are done.
Bonus Tip: Download the resumes of other LinkedIn members
In addition to being able to download your own resume, you can also download resumes from other LinkedIn members. You don’t need to be connected to a member to download their resume, but there is a limit of 200 downloads for others’ resumes. (However, you can download your own resume an unlimited number of times.)
To download someone’s profile, first open their profile on LinkedIn. On the profile page, right below the cover image (the large image at the top of the page), click on the ‘More’ option, then select ‘Save as PDF’.
Your browser will start downloading a PDF resume of the LinkedIn member you selected.
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