How to Include Your LinkedIn URL on Your Resume
It's a good idea to include your LinkedIn URL on your resume. Prospective employers can, at a glance, visit LinkedIn to learn more about you and your skills and qualifications. They can also see endorsements and reviews from your colleagues, clients, and managers.
Get advice on how to include your LinkedIn URL on your resume, as well as tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out to employers.
Spiff Up LinkedIn Before You Add a Link to Your Resume
Be sure to fully develop your profile before listing your URL on your resume. You want it to look as robust - and as good - as it can be. If your profile simply restates the same information that's included on your resume, you won't improve your chances of getting an interview. Basically, you'll have wasted a click. It could even potentially hurt your candidacy if you are perceived as unable to provide additional documentation regarding your credentials through your profile.
Here's what to include on your LinkedIn profile and how to give it a makeover, if it needs one. Along with listing your work experience, be sure to add a professional summary section to your profile. This is similar to a resume summary statement; it allows you to highlight your greatest strengths and experiences. You can write your summary in the first person; this is an opportunity to be authentic and show a bit of personality. See more tips for writing a LinkedIn summary.
Also be sure to write a headline at the top of your profile - this is like a resume headline, which is a short phrase that summarizes who you are as a professional.
One element of a LinkedIn profile that makes it different from a resume is that people can give you recommendations.
LinkedIn recommendations are written references supporting your work. Job seekers should include a variety of recommendations with their profile to show that others respect the quality of their work. You can request these recommendations from clients, colleagues, professors, coaches, fellow volunteers, and subordinates as well as people who have supervised your work.
You should also list your skills and experience, and include LinkedIn endorsements for those skills. Endorsements are skills and expertise that someone else thinks you have. To encourage people to give you endorsements, give your LinkedIn contacts endorsements first. This way, they will be more likely to give you one in return.
LinkedIn allows members to showcase samples of their work as part of their profile. Incorporate writing samples, design samples, slide presentations, spreadsheets, websites, and other examples of your work. Include any information that demonstrates your skills. Of course, avoid sharing any proprietary information that would be damaging to your employer.
Create a Custom LinkedIn URL
Creating a distinctive LinkedIn profile URL can help you to convey a strong brand as you go about your networking and job searching. Unless you create a custom URL, LinkedIn will assign a URL that typically contains your name as well as some numbers and letters.
A custom URL can be as simple as just your name, which will be more memorable to prospective employers and networking contacts. For example, my LinkedIn URL is https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisondoyle/. If your name is taken, consider adding your middle initial or middle name to the URL.
Another approach to customization is to include a phrase or label that might get picked up by search engines more readily. For example, someone who wants to establish an identity as a quantitative analyst might include "quantguyhalbrooks" in their URL.
Here's how to customize your LinkedIn profile URL:
- When you are logged in to LinkedIn, click on your own profile page. Then, click on the "Edit public profile & URL" link on the upper right corner of the page.
- On the right side of your Public Profile page, you will see your current URL. Immediately underneath it, you will see a link to "Edit public profile URL." Click on that the icon of a pencil and you will see a box where you can fill in your new custom URL.
- Type in a new URL comprised of 5-30 letters or numbers with no spaces, symbols, or special characters allowed.
- Click on "Save" just below the box and you will be all set with your new custom LinkedIn profile URL.
Once you have created a customized URL, it's a good idea to add it to your resume and to your online profiles on other networking sites.
Where to List Your LinkedIn URL On Your Resume
List your LinkedIn URL in the contact section of your resume after your email address:
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address
LinkedIn (or Personal Website) URL