How to Add LinkedIn to Your Resume

Nilda Melissa Diaz, CPRW
By Nilda Melissa Diaz, CPRW, Career Advice Expert Last Updated: May 13, 2024

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Writing a resume? You’re probably wondering how to put LinkedIn on a resume to show hiring managers a broader view of your career. 

Including professional networking profiles can help expand your resume, career aspirations and qualifications. It is not particularly hard to know how to put your LinkedIn on your resume to make it an asset, not a distraction. But where do you find the URL? How can you make it a seamless part of your resume content? What you should do before adding it to your resume? 

In this article, let’s take a look at:

  • How to put LinkedIn on a resume
  • Where you can find your LinkedIn URL
  • How to diversify your networking options
  • Tips to add a professional networking website

How to put LinkedIn to your resume

There are a few options regarding how to put your LinkedIn on your resume. It all depends on your resume header and your personal style. Let’s explore different placement and formatting options.

  1. Use a link on your header. Simply add a link to your resume header. You can save space by removing http://

    John Smith

 (555) 555-5555 | example@example.com | linkedin.com/in/example | Miami, Fl 33132

 

     2. Write your LinkedIn profile username. Once you’re settled on a profile username, add it specifying it belongs to the professional network, like so: LinkedIn: Profile Username.

        John Smith

example@example.com |  (555) 555-5555 |  LinkedIn: John Smith |  Miami, Fl 33132

 

     3. Use the LinkedIn icon.  Add your username and place the networking platform icon on the left of your name.

John Smith

example@example.com | (555) 555-5555  |  Miami, Fl 33132. |   LI In Bug John Smith 

 

     4. For a 2-page resume, include it in the footer of the second page, alongside your information. Add a shortened version of your header in your 2-page resume or use the header information on your resume footer in a smaller font.

example@example.com | (555) 555-5555 | LinkedIn:  John Smith | Miami, Fl 33132

Find and edit your LinkedIn URL

To find and edit your LinkedIn URL, you must access your profile and follow the steps below for a browser or the app. 

On a computer:

  • Visit your profile.
  • Find the “Public profile & URL” on the top right.
  • Copy and paste or write down the URL.

If you want to edit:

  • On the Public profile and URL box, click on the pencil.
  • Once the profile reloads, click the pencil on the “Edit your custom URL” on the top right.

On the app:

  • Click on your profile photo to open up your profile.
  • Once on your profile, find the three dots next to “Add a Section.” 
  • Choose the Contact section to find your information. 
  • Click on the pencil to change or edit your URL. 

Write a professional LinkedIn profile URL

A personalized LinkedIn URL profile can help you create a professional brand and make it easier for hiring managers to find you. Build your online presence by choosing the right URL with these tips:

  • Use your full name, a combination of first and last name or first and middle. 
  • Play with your initials and last name. For example, use only your initials, your first initial and last name, etc. 
  • Include your expertise. This is a great option if you’re looking to build a professional brand. However, it can also be limiting if you decide to broaden your scope or change your industry. 
  • Limit the use of numbers when creating or editing your URL.
  • Avoid using underscores or special characters. 

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Diversify your professional networks

Putting all your networking eggs in one basket is never a good idea. Diversify by creating profiles on different networks, especially those that cater to your industry. 

  • Bold.pro — Unique platform for professionals to network and showcase their skills beyond a traditional resume. Seek feedback, support others, and share your expertise to  establish a strong presence and position yourself for long-term career success
  • GitHub — A unique platform for networking within the tech industry, allowing developers to showcase their projects, contribute to open-source initiatives, and connect with like-minded professionals. Share your code, contribute to projects, and engage in discussions to gain visibility, build relationships, and expand your professional network.
  • Behance — Designed for creative professionals, Behance allows artists, designers, photographers, and other creatives to showcase their work, gain exposure, and connect with potential clients and collaborators. Use it as a network, professional portfolio and even a source of inspiration. 
  • Stack Overflow — Known as a platform where developers can showcase their skills, Stack Overflow also helps these professionals get recognized for their expertise and connect with others. Show your niche knowledge and highlight your hard skills
  • Professional organizations — If you’re a member of a professional organization relevant to your industry — think Online News Association for Journalists or Society of Human Resource Management for HR professionals —  find out if they offer networking profiles. This will not only help you connect with other professionals in your industry, it’ll keep you abreast of any important news and other career opportunities. 

Whichever option you choose, always keep a professional yet personal tone in your networking profile and update it regularly. 

Tips to add networking profiles to your resume

  • Choose the networking profiles that are most relevant to your skills and experience. 
  • Include the link to your networking profile(s) at the top of your resume, along with your contact information.
  • Use a shortened link for an easily accessible profile. 
  • Complete your networking profile before including it on your resume. 
  • Include a brief summary of your skills and experience on your networking profile, like a resume headline. 
  • Use keywords and phrases relevant to your industry to attract the attention of recruiters and hiring managers.
  • Include other relevant links, like Twitter, Instagram, Behance, Bold.pro or your personal portfolio within your profile and resume. 
  • Keep a professional tone and content in your profile. 
  • Update your networking profile regularly with new skills, experience, or accomplishments.

Key takeaways

  • Adding a LinkedIn profile to your resume can help a hiring manager have a better look into your career.
  • The placement of your LinkedIn profile in your resume varies according to your header. 
  • You can include your LinkedIn profile in a resume by adding a short personalized URL or adding a clickable link.
  • Diversifying your professional online presence through other networking profiles can help expand your resume’s reach.

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