A Guide to Posting Your Resume Online With Google Docs

So you’ve researched, prepped, streamlined and finalized your resume.  You’re now ready to start sending your work of professional art out into the career space to let it reap the rewards of a job offer.  When it comes to submitting your resume to potential employers, modern job-seekers have a wealth of options beyond the traditional envelope stuffing of yesteryear.

And sure, you’re more than welcome to send your resume off as an attachment to a potential employer, but that approach is far less advanced and convenient than modern sharing platforms, like Google Docs.

Posting your resume on Google Docs can yield a variety of benefits:

  • Easily send a link to your resume rather than bulk digital attachments
  • Collaborate with professional colleagues for resume review
  • Create a permanent, easily editable home for your resume for future additions and editing

Posting and sharing your resume via Google Docs is easier than you’d think.  All you’ll need is a Gmail email address and a little bit of know how. Don’t let any lack of knowledge of the Google platforms scare you away.  Read below for our step by step guide to posting your resume online.


  1.  Head on over to the Google Docs main page (http://docs.google.com/).  Here you’ll be prompted to either create an account or sign up for a new one.  Don’t have a Google account already? Never fear, we’ve got the handy link for Google sign up here.
  2.  After you’re logged in, you’ll see the main Google docs page.  If you’ve recently created your account, you won’t see any specific items.  Now it’s time to get to creating and filling this space up. Click on the handy red circular plus sign to create a new doc.  Your default choice will be the word processor. Google Docs also has a wide selection of handy templates, including resumes.  You can also add existing files by selecting the file picker option and browsing your computer for your resume.
  3.  Spend some time exploring the navigation bar located above the live typing area.  Here you’ll find plenty of plain sense formatting options as well as print and download features.  Google docs allows you to download your completed resume in a variety of popular formats, including Microsoft Word.
  4. Once you’ve finished your edits, it’s time to choose the privacy options for your document.  Click on the “Share” button in the upper right corner of the page. Here is where you will be able to select who can view and/or edit your resume.  Here we break out the most common sharing options:
  • Private: Only yourself and people you have specifically invited can view the document.  If you’re in the drafting stages, this may be the best bet until your resume is shiny and polished.
  • You can enter email addresses directly for people who you’d like to receive the link to your document.  You can also create a custom link to our document which can be easily pasted into an email or message.
  • Anyone with Link Can: Use this to decide what people who have the link to your resume can do with it.  Can they view, edit, or only comment? Be sure to check out the advanced options for fine tuning your document privacy.
  1.  When you’re ready to share your resume, simply ensure you have the correct sharing settings and copy the URL.  Your recipient will be able to easily access your document from any computer and most mobile devices.

See, that wasn’t so hard now, was it.  Now that you’re a Google Docs pro, get to sharing that resume!

Article Updated from the Original on April 19, 2018