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Will your chances of landing a job increase if you feature a LinkedIn profile on your resume? Possibly. Probably, even. But just adding a link is certainly not enough.
How do you display your LinkedIn URL properly? Are you sure your link looks professional? What happens when the employer clicks on that link? There are so many things you should keep in mind when you put LinkedIn on your resume—and we’re here to share everything we know about it.
This article will show you:
- Why including LinkedIn URL on your resume is a good idea.
- How to personalize your public profile to make it stand out.
- Where exactly to put the LinkedIn handle on your resume, and how to make it look good.
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Should You Put Your LinkedIn URL on a Resume?
Yes, in today's hiring, including a link to your LinkedIn profile is mandatory in the contact information section of your resume. Up to 40% of employers may not consider interviewing you at all if they can’t find your LinkedIn profile.
So, don’t give them a reason not to want to meet you.
Your LinkedIn profile is a good way to complement your resume and offer extra details.
Being present on LinkedIn has become a standard for serious professionals who know the value of personal branding.
Your resume is a kind of business card you send out to the world. Make sure you choose the resume format that brings out all the best in you: Resume Format: Samples and Templates for all Types of Resumes (10+)
Customize Your Linkedin Profile Before Including It in Your Resume
Before you include your LinkedIn URL in your resume, make sure your entire profile looks professional.
Since we have a dedicated guide that shows you how to optimize your LinkedIn profile step by step, let’s just go through the basics here:
- Make sure your LinkedIn profile is full of relevant keywords in each section.
- Get a professional profile picture and customize your background photo.
- Write an attention-grabbing headline to attract recruiters.
- Let your LinkedIn profile focus on your top achievements and unique skills.
- Personalize your LinkedIn URL
The last point is essential if you want to display LinkedIn on a resume in a professional manner.
Make sure your online presence won’t discourage any recruiter from hiring you. Read our guide: How to Check Your Online Presence Before Recruiters Look You Up
How to Customize Your LinkedIn URL for a Resume
Let's jump right in.
Your LinkedIn URL on a resume could look like this:
Or like this:
Obviously, you want to display your LinkedIn URL on a resume just like the good example shows.
Here’s how to customize your public profile URL using the desktop version of LinkedIn:
- Log into your LinkedIn account.
- Click on the Me icon in the top bar.
- Click on View profile in the menu.
- Click on Edit public profile & URL in the top right corner.
- Click the pencil icon.
- Customize your LinkedIn URL and click Save.
- Go back to your LinkedIn profile main page.
- Copy your new URL from your browser’s address bar.
Here you go.
Your personalized LinkedIn URL is ready for sharing.
Pro Tip: You don’t have to include the https://www. part. The LinkedIn URL on your resume can start with linkedin.com/. But make sure your link is a link (i.e. it's clickable and redirects where it should), not just a character string.
And this is how to personalize your public URL using LinkedIn Mobile App:
- Tap on the Me icon next to the search bar at the top.
- On the slide menu, tap View Profile under your name.
- Tap the gear icon in the top right corner.
- Select the privacy tab, and tap on Edit your public profile.
- Edit your custom URL.
- To share the link, tap on the URL and hold your finger for a moment.
This is it.
Now you're ready to put your customized LinkedIn URL on your resume.
Don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet? Start with uploading your resume to LinkedIn. Here’s a guide that will show you how:LinkedIn Resume: How to Upload Your Resume to LinkedIn
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Where to Put LinkedIn on a Resume
Here’s an example of what your resume header could look like:
LinkedIn on a Resume—Example
Your LinkedIn URL should be listed among other social media handles and contact details.
Here are some more examples:
Where to Put LinkedIn on a Resume—Example
How to Reference LinkedIn on a Resume—Example
You can also use your personalized LinkedIn URL in a cover letter, or email signature.
Not sure what sections your resume should consist of? Read our guide: Resume Sections & Item Order [Extra: Additional Categories that Matter]
Plus, a great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here. Here's what it may look like:
Including LinkedIn on your resume is a good way to attract recruiters’ attention and give them more insight into the professional you. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated and offers something more than regurgitated information from your resume. And remember to customize your public profile URL.
Do you have any other questions about putting LinkedIn on a resume? Give us a shout out in the comments below. Always happy to help!
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