Is Your "LinkedIn Resume" Too Long?

February 11th, 2009 | by Jason Alba |

I few months ago I was asked for my resume.  Seriously.  It wasn’t for a job opportunity, rather for an insurance application.  I guess if you are self-employed they want to see how good you used to be :p

Anyway, my LinkedIn Profile is the closest thing I have to a current resume.  And I have around 60 LinkedIn Recommendations on my LinkedIn Profile… printing it off would clearly violate the “your resume MUST be one (or two) pages long” rule.

Do you have the same problem?

Let me share a tactic with you that will help you use your LinkedIn Profile as a quasi-resume, but not include pages and pages and pages of LinkedIn recommendations.

Actually, it’s not my idea, so I’ll point you to another blog.  I LOVE the step-by-step guide to take the resumes off of your LinkedIn Profile pdf file.

Go on now, check out Wally’s Follies, specifically, Create a PDF of your LinkedIn Recommendations.  He’s talking about just getting the LinkedIn Recommendations, I’m talking about keeping the other part – either way it’s cool (and free).

  1. 3 Responses to “Is Your "LinkedIn Resume" Too Long?”

  2. By Mark Cummuta on Feb 11, 2009 | Reply

    What a great idea!
    Now, the next question is, how do you know if your LinkedIn profile IS too long (too much depth per entry, too many positions) or too short (only most current position)?


  3. By Lisa Hendrickson on Feb 12, 2009 | Reply

    As a small business owner, I really don’t care how long my profile is because every word in that profile, puts me in more searches. For the average person, I would do what you feel is showcasing you enough. More is more in my book.

    I just updated mine, added more! I don’t think I can add much more haha.

  4. By Greg Scott on Feb 12, 2009 | Reply

    The best solution would be for LinkedIn to create a simple tool that gives people the option to “Print to Resume.” It would be dead simple and would make every career consultant a LinkedIn evangelist. I am sure the feature is in the works.

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