Bye Bye MS Word, Hello Linkedin Resume Writer

If you’re like me, you probably have a half a dozen versions of your resume sitting in a MS Word doc somewhere on a file server, on your computer or in Dropbox. When someone asks you to send them your resume, you either look through these folders to find the most recent version or you search your Gmail account for the last company you sent it to. Either way, for me, every time I finish a job or contract, I’m updating my MS Word based resume. It doesn’t take a lot of time but it is tedious for me because my most up-to-date resume is now my linkedin profile.

resumeLinkedin has had for a while a PDF download(image on right) of your profile but it was pretty generic and if you wanted to customize it, you had to have Acrobat or convert it to Word. It was okay but Linkedin Labs has a whole new solution.

If you have an up-to-date Linkedin profile, Linkedin Labs has built a resume builder that pulls all of your profile data into a web app that allows you to format your resume using pre-built templates and easy to use drag and drop sections.

In short, you can produce a beautiful resume in just a couple of mouse clicks and export it to PDF to share.

Here’s a resume I just created in about 15 seconds.

Try it out for yourself at http://resume.linkedinlabs.com

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