How to List My LinkedIn Profile on a Resumeby Emily Ediger
You might make a big impression by listing your LinkedIn profile on your resume. LinkedIn profiles allow you to expand on your experience, talents and networks and can boost your visibility. Connect to your next job by listing your LinkedIn profile with a custom URL on your paper or electronic resume.
Your LinkedIn profile is a showcase for your professional talents, interests and networks. Not only is it a way for you to connect with other professionals, it also serves as a reference to your professional online presence. The LinkedIn profile should highlight your employment, projects, social causes and professional connections. Listing your LinkedIn profile on a resume allows the hiring manager or recruiter to learn more about you by reading your profile.
Simplify your LinkedIn profile listing by customizing your URL. Rather than having a string of unintelligible numbers and letters, using a custom URL makes it easier for your audience to find you. Create a custom URL by editing your profile and clicking the "Customize Your Public Profile URL" button. Choose a custom URL with a combination of your name and meaningful numbers but avoid special characters.
List your LinkedIn Profile on your paper resume by placing your custom URL next to your contact information. Place the profile at the top of the page to encourage visitors to your LinkedIn Profile. If you are short on space, remove the "www" from the URL, for example "linkedin.com/in/johnsmith." Bold the customized portion of your URL to help it stand out from the rest of the text.
Submitting an electronic resume with a LinkedIn profile URL gives the advantage of linking directly to your profile. After listing your URL within the contact information portion of the resume, add a hyperlink over the URL that goes directly to your page. This step allows your audience to find your profile with a simple click of a button. Additionally, you can add the hyperlink to the footer of each page and to your cover letter.