No – you should not put your CV on LinkedIn. Here’s why.
Clients occasionally ask us whether they should upload their CV to LinkedIn.
The answer is a resounding no!
There are three key reasons that you shouldn't upload your CV to your LinkedIn profile:
1) LinkedIn already serves as an online CV
On your LinkedIn profile, you're already providing an outline of your work experience.
Because the information on your profile largely overlaps with the information on your CV, you don't want to be redundant by also uploading a copy of your CV.
If you upload your CV, you may even give off the impression that you aren't aware of how the LinkedIn platform functions.
2) You want to use your LinkedIn profile as a teaser
The content on your LinkedIn platform should be less detailed than that of your CV.
Your LinkedIn profile should outline the following for your readers:
- Where you worked and when
- Which positions you held
- What you were broadly responsible for in each role
- Major accomplishments
- Areas of expertise
- Future goals
Based on this information, recruiters and potential connections will get a sense of whether they would like to learn more about you.
If so, they’ll typically reach out directly to request a copy of your CV.
3) You may potentially reveal sensitive information
On your CV, you may cite specific examples of projects you worked on and results that you were able to drive for your company.
Unless this information is confidential, it's generally okay to disclose on your CV - assuming you are exercising discretion and not posting it on public job boards.
While it is possible to adjust your profile settings to make your LinkedIn more private, we encourage you to assume that anyone can see the information you're posting.
Don't risk damaging your reputation by including potentially sensitive information such as the following unless you're confident that it is fine to do so (such as when the company shares this information publicly):
- Specific performance results
- Profitability metrics
- Sales metrics
- Document uploads
- Names of external clients
- Descriptions of confidential projects
To learn more about LinkedIn best practices, check out our LinkedIn Series here! You'll find links to a variety of brief, punchy articles that will help you get the most out of the platform.