How to Print a LinkedIn Profile as a Resume: The Chrome Extension

How to Print a LinkedIn Profile as a Resume is by far my most popular post (I guess that title is pretty good link-bait! ;-) ). As such, I have decided to give the topic a little more love lately.

The above post, my initial venture, offered a Bookmarklet, which users could drag-and-drop into their browser chrome. I also offered via GitHub for anyone that wanted to manually add it to their Bookmarks.

That version was good, and did its job, but some users found it a little difficult to install and the code soon got outdated as LinkedIn updated their Profile page layout.

Then, thanks to some gentle prodding in that original post’s comments, I finally updated the code, but left it as a Bookmarklet and on GitHub.

Well, I’ve finally gotten off my tail and decided to convert this to a Chrome Extension!

The new Extension can be found on GitHub too, including instructions on how to install it in your Chrome browser as an Unpacked Extension, OR you can also find it in the Chrome Web Store (my first Chrome Extension! :-) ).

How to use:

  1. Install the Extension, either as an Unpacked Extension or via the Chrome Web Store (links above)
  2. Go to your LinkedIn Profile page, which should look something like this:
    LinkedIn Chrome Extension instructions, step 1
  3. Click the “View profile as”, as illustrated above.
  4. When that page loads, you should have a new icon in the Omnibox (Chrome’s address bar), like this:
    LinkedIn Chrome Extension instructions, step 2
  5. Click that icon.
  6. Your Profile page should automagically transform into something simply gorgeous, and totally printable, like this:
    LinkedIn Chrome Extension instructions, step 3
    But hopefully not with my name and photo…

Would love to hear what you think, if you find it useful, or not, certainly any bugs or feature requests. If this continues to gain traction, I will add functionality. I’m even thinking about looking into creating a Firefox Add-on, and, does IE offer the same functionality? Either way, if anyone is interested in either of those options, please let me know.

Anyhow…

Happy printing,
Atg

13 Responses to How to Print a LinkedIn Profile as a Resume: The Chrome Extension

  1. Cameron says:

    Mate, I’m tearing my hair out here.

    You forgot to tell us how to use it!

    I put the bookmarket. I click in when i”m on my profile and nothing happens.

    I got the extension. Now what??

    Where’s the ‘On’ or ‘Go’ button.

    what do I do now??

    • aarontgrogg says:

      Hey, Cameron, sorry for the frustration, put your hair back in!! ;-)

      Well, it works fine for me… The only time the icon should appear is if you “View profile as”, and clicking it should just transform the page…

      What URL are you viewing when you click it?

  2. Cameron says:

    ** For everyone who is lost – there should appear an icon in the right hand end of the browser URL. Next to some other icons such as block popups etc. Click on that.

    Good job Aaron, almost there. (My phone number goes straight over the top of my name).

  3. Loris says:

    Great Aaron!

    I tried your Chrome extension, everything works fine excepts for the introduction: my profile photo is cut (to make you understand: I can only see my hair) and my job description is mixed up with the contacts.
    I hope you’re going to fix it because your tool is very very useful! :-)

    If you need further feedback about the bugs I’ve encountered I’m here!

    Thanks,

    Loris

  4. aarontgrogg says:

    Sorry for the hassle, Loris & Kakai, I do plan to make updates just as soon as I have the time. Naturally, there are items that some people will have on their profiles that I do not have on mine, and the “fix” is just a manual process of finding something wrong, finding the right JS/CSS to fix it, then adding it to the Extension. I will need to create a bogus profile that has everything so I can properly test… :-)

    I will keep this page updated.

    Thanks again for all the kudos,
    Atg

  5. Ylana Haarhoff says:

    Works very well. The first app thingie that I have ever used on the web where I understood what I am supposed to do and then worked. I am not technical at all!

    Thank you for making it.

    • Hmm, not at the moment, wasn’t really intended for that, so I limit the appearance of the conversion icon to only “your own” profile… But your case makes sense. Will have a look and update here when the Extension has been updated. In the mean time, if you really need it, the Bookmarklet version would try to work on any page…

      Cheers!

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