Use LinkedIn Labs to create a resume in a pinch

No time to format a new resume? Check out this tool from LinkedIn that can save time and hassle by creating a resume with your profile information.

Nicole Cozma
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Some companies will ask for a copy of your resume via email. You have a LinkedIn profile or other portfolio-type page at the ready, but not a file copy. Instead of trying to scramble to get one together, Lifehacker recommends using the LinkedIn resume builder tool if you already have an account with the site.

This tool will take the information you've already spent your time providing for your profile and create a PDF that you can send or print. Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Head to the LinkedIn resume builder website http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

Step 2: Click the Sign in with LinkedIn button and authorize LinkedIn labs to access your profile.

Sample of a resume and options for style on the left-hand side. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Your resume will appear. You can choose from the different templates on the left-hand side of the website.

Rearranging content on the resume. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 4: If you want to make adjustments to the order of the information, you can click the Outline button along the top toolbar. Here you can rearrange sections, or even remove skills that don't relate to the prospective employer.

Tip: Not happy with changes you've made? Just click the New resume button and you can start over.

Step 5: Once finished, click the PDF/Print icon and a copy of the resume will be saved to your local storage.

Share a link to your resume. Nicole Cozma/CNET

Bonus: If you click the Privacy icon on the toolbar, you can make your resume available to the public, anyone with the link, or just you. This way contacts can view your details in the format you choose.

While this is a relatively basic resume builder, it prevents you from having to share your information with another service to build a resume if you don't want to do the formatting on your own. Plus, with the ability to edit and move around the information, you can slightly tailor the document to your preferences.