Frequently Asked Questions

What is this?

The Resume Builder lets you turn your LinkedIn Profile into a beautiful resume.

Why?

So you can manage your "professional identity" in one place. Instead of dealing with Word documents, online profiles, PDF's, homepages, and portfolios scattered all over the place, you can just maintain your LinkedIn profile and produce all the other formats from it.

Can I see some sample resumes?

Sure. sample resume 1, sample resume 2 and sample resume 3.

Do I need to create a Resume Builder account?

Nope. Just sign in with your existing LinkedIn account.

Can I share my resume with others?

Yes. Each resume has a URL that you can share with others. To see it, click the "sharing" button on any resume and send the link out via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

What if I don't want others to see my resume?

Click on the "privacy" button on your resume to configure visibility settings. You can choose to make your resume private, available to anyone with the link, or publicly viewable and searchable.

Can I have more than one resume?

Yes. Click new resume link at the top of the page to create new ones and the manage resumes page to keep track of them.

Can I print my resume?

Yes. Click the "PDF/print" link on any resume. This will convert your resume to PDF format, which is much nicer for printing than straight from a webpage.

Is there any way to format text in the resume?

Yes. Use Markdown syntax in your LinkedIn profile and it will be rendered as proper HTML in the resume. This means you can have bullet points, numbered lists, headers, bold, underline, italics, etc. See the Format your resume using Markdown blog post for more info.

Why can't I see my picture, specialties or some other section in my resume?

First, click the "outline" button and make sure that the section you want is enabled. If it is and you still can't see it, then the resume template you selected does not support that section. In particular, a few of the resume styles do not show pictures, summaries, skills and specialties. This may be fixed in the near future.

I'm using Internet Explorer and something isn't working!

Resume Builder is not currently tested in Internet Explorer and therefore, IE is not "officially" supported. Most things should work just fine, but if you run into issues, consider using a different browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Safari.

Like this project? Hate it? Found a bug? Have a great idea?

Please use the Resume Builder IdeaScale Page to share your thoughts, submit ideas and vote on suggestions from other users.

Who?

The Resume Builder was designed and developed by Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman. The project was originally built for a LinkedIn HackDay in March, 2010 and won the "most likely to launch" award. A few months later, Jim launched and now maintains the Resume Builder on LinkedIn's experimental site, LinkedIn Labs.

What technologies were used?

The Resume Builder is written in Ruby on Rails. Profile data is fetched using the LinkedIn APIs. The stylesheets are created using Compass and Sass. The JavaScript is created using jQuery, jQuery Tools and jQuery UI. Markdown processing is done using kramdown. PDF files are created using wkhtmltopdf and wicked_pdf. Many of the icons are from the FamFamFam Silk Icons Set.

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