How To Put Your LinkedIn Profile On Your Resume (Tips From A Recruiter)

Including your LinkedIn profile as part of your resume can be a powerful thing. If you don’t have a personal website that speaks to your background, hobbies, interests, and passions. Then a LinkedIn profile can suffice to help your future colleagues learn more about you.

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Why Would You Include Your LinkedIn Profile?

Including your LinkedIn profile can be helpful for your future interviewers. Most times, a hiring manager will send interviewers your cover letter and resume in advance. This gives your interviewer a chance to prepare interview questions for your onsite interview (link).

When the human resources manager sends this information, that interviewer might see your LinkedIn URL and decide to go visit it to learn more about you. From there, they might use what they see to culminate some interview questions.

Be Sure Your LinkedIn Aligns With Your Job Application

This is a basic tip. But before you include your LinkedIn profile as part of your resume, ensure that your profile is speaking to the job that you want. For example, be sure that your LinkedIn bio has a description that matches the job function. Or that you are sending periodic updates about industry news that shows you’re passionate about the job function you are looking to secure.

Think about your LinkedIn profile from an outsider's perspective. Are they going to be able to understand what your passions are? Are they going to understand what you do?

Where Do You Put Your LinkedIn URL

When placing your LinkedIn URL, be sure to include it as part of your contact information in your resume and cover letter. This is the place where you list your name, mailing address, phone number, email address. It is at the letterhead.

The last piece of information that should go in this section will be your LinkedIn URL.

Here is an example of what that will look like:

Ryan Smith
123 Ridge Way, New York NY 12211
555-666-8888
ryan@smith.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryansmith

A really helpful tip is to give your interviewer a chance to save themselves from typos. While LinkedIn does let you create a short URL for your profile, it is still pretty long.

The best way to shorten this URL is to use a service called Bit.ly. When using Bit.ly all you have to do is put in the URL that you want someone to be redirected to and then it will generate your short URL.

When Bit.ly generates the URL it might look something like this: bit.ly/dkri3

That is absolutely easier to type than a long LinkedIn URL. And the additional value that this provides to you is that you’ll be able to see if any of your job application readers are going to that URL. Bit.ly provides analytics on these URL’s so that you can see visitor count. It’s a helpful and handy tip!

If you decide to use a Bit.ly URL, I recommend that you use this format when including the URL as part of your resume:

LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/dkfj3

That way your reader will know that the following link will go to your LinkedIn profile. If you’d like to use that same format for sending someone to your personal website, you absolutely can. Including both your LinkedIn and personal website will only add more credibility to your name.

What If They Don’t Go To My LinkedIn Profile

If you don’t see any activity from Bit.ly, don’t worry. Including your LinkedIn URL is not going to secure you the job. But it does add credibility to your name. And shows that you know how to conduct yourself in a business setting online. This can make you be perceived as more of an experienced professional. I would highly recommend that you include your LinkedIn URL on all of your resume and cover letter contact information headers, even if you don’t see anyone reading them.

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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