We cover five reasons why it might not be a good idea to upload your CV to your public LinkedIn profile, and when is the most appropriate time to
24 August 2021| Last updated on 11 November 2021
Thinking of uploading your resume to your LinkedIn profile? Read this first.
The point of a resume is to act as a professional document to showcase your experience, skills, background, and qualifications. It is meant to position you in line with the interests of the job you are applying for.
While your CV and LinkedIn profile are both important job hunting tools as an expat in the UAE, LinkedIn serves a slightly different purpose and are viewed by different people.
As a result, there are a few things to consider before uploading a resume on your LinkedIn profile or feature section for the public to see.
1. Protect your privacy
A typical resume will include your location, contact number, and email address.
We don't recommend displaying your contact information and address in a public document. This can lead to some people misusing your sensitive information, for example: fraudsters can get ahold of your mobile number and call you for scams.
We've also spotted some public resumes on LinkedIn displaying their passport number. Passport numbers are sensitive information and you should only reveal yours when it is necessary.
2. Your resume could be outdated
Our careers are a work in progress. If a recruiter were to come across your resume in your LinkedIn profile, the copy might not be updated and they could miss out on some important information.
Uploading your resume on LinkedIn would require you to ensure it's regularly updated to reflect your work and your career's highs, every time.
3. You can't tailor your resume for certain roles
This is another reason why your resume does not belong on your public LinkedIn profile. By keeping your resume separate from your LinkedIn, you will be able to feature information that is relevant to the needs of the job or interests of the company you are applying for.
4. Word can spread at work
If you are currently employed, having your resume out in the open on your LinkedIn profile can alert your colleagues that you are on the look out for a new job.
After all, it's not just recruiters who could be viewing your profile, but your boss and co-workers, too. A public resume could give the idea that you are already one foot out the door and that is not recommend.
In addition, if you are sharing information about your current position in your resume, it may be achievements, figures, or numbers that your boss does not want shared outside of the office.
5. Build your LinkedIn profile and spark interest
Instead, focus on building out your LinkedIn profile content so you can spark interest that generates opportunities to contact.
"The purpose of your LinkedIn profile is for a recruiter to message you and ask for your resume," noted career professional Sarena Tseng on LinkedIn.
"[...] You want the opportunity to have that conversation with the recruiter," she added.
Recruiters can glance at the resume on your LinkedIn profile and decide on the spot whether or not to initiate a conversation. This could deny you the chance to present yourself in the best possible way.
When should you upload a resume on LinkedIn?
The most appropriate time to upload a resume on LinkedIn is when you are applying for a position through the 'Easy Apply' button.
'Easy Apply' allows you to input your contact details and share a copy of your CV to the hiring representative. You will have more control over the professional profile you wish to share with their recruitment team.