LinkedIn offers many features for job seekers to optimize professional networking opportunities.

One of the best ways to take advantage of LinkedIn is to download your LinkedIn profile as a resume, eliminating the stress and time it takes to craft the perfect resume and to use your LinkedIn profile, which hopefully is optimized (if you need help with that, reach out to me), as the basis of the resume.

It’s incredibly easy to turn your LinkedIn profile into a PDF resume. Here’s how.

How to download your resume from LinkedIn

  1. From your LinkedIn home page in a web browser on your desktop (you can’t do this from the mobile app), click on your name or profile icon.
  2. Click on “More” then “Save to PDF” in the drop-down menu.
  3. The resume will appear as a PDF file download in the bottom of your internet browser’s window. Click on the file to open it.
  4. Your resume will appear in a new tab. From here, you can print the document by clicking the Print icon in the upper right corner, or save it to your computer by clicking the Download icon next to the Print icon.
  5. Save it to your computer with a name such as “Your first name last name resume” and make sure you keep the file type as a PDF.

As you can see, the resume looks great and it takes no time at all to generate. The one drawback is that you can’t edit the text after you export it, so if you want to make changes to it, you’ll need to do that on your LinkedIn profile itself and then export it again.

It pulls in your summary as the first part of the resume – so make sure that’s updated and not too long. Then it will pull in the rest of your professional history, so be sure not to leave out any of your past positions as they all tell the full story of your background and experience. The more you go into detail on your LinkedIn profile, the longer your PDF will be, so also keep that in mind.

I hope this tip is helpful to job seekers and others who just need a quick CV/resume.