When it comes to resumes, details matter. One such detail is the URL for your LinkedIn profile. There are a few things that many users of LinkedIn don't know or don't understand about the URL for their public profile, so here are a few tips. First off, though, if you don't have a well maintained LinkedIn profile and are not including the URL for that profile on your resume, then it is time to change that; you are missing an excellent opportunity to tell more of your story.
The URL for your public profile is different than the URL you see in your browser when you are editing your profile. More often than not, when I ask a client to share their URL with me, they send the URL that is used to edit a profile. So let's clear this up.
- Your public profile starts with "www.linkedin.com/in/...".
- The URL for editing your profile is "www.linkedin.com/home?trk=hb_tab_home_top".
International LinkedIn URLs work without the country specific prefix (i.e. uk.linkedin.com/in/… works the same as linkedin.com/in/…). This is good news for international candidates who are applying for US-based positions because it means that you can remove the country "prefix" when you list your LinkedIn URL on your resume.
LinkedIn makes it easy to customize your public profile URL. This means that you can have a cleaner and more memorable LinkedIn URL on your resume, which is a nice thing. When choosing your custom URL, I recommend using some variation of your name.