How to Include Your LinkedIn URL on Your Resume
One of the benefits of LinkedIn is that it gives prospective employers and professional connections a synopsis of your credentials. Viewing a LinkedIn profile is a quick and easy way to get insight into someone's career history.
Including your LinkedIn URL on your resume is a simple and effective way to showcase your background.You can create a custom LinkedIn URL to add to your resume, email signature, and anywhere else you'd like to market your credentials.
Prospective employers can, at a glance, visit LinkedIn to learn more about you and your skills and qualifications.
They can also see endorsements and recommendations from your colleagues, clients, and managers.
Get advice on how to include your LinkedIn URL on your resume, how to create a custom URL, how to add your resume to LinkedIn, and review tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out to employers below:
Spiff Up LinkedIn Before You Add a Link to Your Resume
You want your LinkedIn profile to look as robust—and as good—as possible. 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.
What to Include in Your Profile
Add a Summary
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.
Write a Headline
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 provide you with 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.
LinkedIn Custom URL Options
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. It's much better to create your own short version for employers and connections to click on.
Here are options for creating an easy-to-remember URL:
Use Your Name
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.
Use a Phrase or Label
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.
How to Create a Custom LinkedIn 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.
LinkedIn URL on Resume Example
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address
LinkedIn (or Personal Website) URL
How to List Your LinkedIn URL in Your Signature
Email Signature With LinkedIn
Add Your Resume to LinkedIn
In addition to showcasing your LinkedIn profile on your resume, you can add your resume to LinkedIn, either by linking to it or uploading it. This is an excellent way to provide in-depth information about your employment history and expertise to prospective employers and business contacts.
You can either upload a resume file directly to LinkedIn or link to your resume document on another site. Here's how:
- When you are logged in to LinkedIn, click on your own profile page.
- Select "View profile" from the dropdown menu.
- Click "Edit" to the right of the About section.
- Under "Media," click "Upload" to add your resume from your computer. Select your resume and click "Open" to upload it to LinkedIn. Supported file formats include PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, and PDF.
- Or: under "Media," click "Link" to link to your online resume. Enter the URL of your online resume.
- Edit the Title and Description in the pop-up window. Click "Apply" to upload or link to your sample.
- Click "Save."
Be sure to upload a new version of your resume when you get promoted, change jobs, add to your education or certifications, or upgrade your skills.