New LinkedIn Tool: Resume Builder: A Recruiter’s Perspective

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New LinkedIn Tool: Resume Builder: A Recruiter’s Perspective

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Talent Acquisition Group at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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Getting your resume ready for public consumption can be a daunting task. You have to find it amongst all your folders and when you do find it, you have to hope that it’s relatively current.

Here is a neat cheat. LinkedIn Labs has created a nifty app to convert your LinkedIn profile into a resume.

You grant access for the app to use your profile, wait a moment while it is compiled and then, voila! A resume!

What’s really interesting is that you can see your resume in ten or twelve different formats. It’s a very quick and cool way to see what’s possible.

You can also edit what you create in terms of moving things around and choosing what you want to have included. It’s a little bit clunky but useful.

It allows you to make changes to your profile on the fly and then refresh the resume to see the changes.

When you are happy with a version, you can save it within LinkedIn, you can make it publicly accessible or you can save it as a pdf.

I was not able to get it to the point where I was really totally happy with the LinkedIn version. There was more tweaking that I wanted to do. I chose to save it as a pdf.

Now, I am going to find a nice little pdf hack so I can turn it into a Word document and then put my finishing touches on it.

Take a moment to try this today – it really is pretty neat.

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