If you have spent time working on your LinkedIn profile and have it at a standard you’re happy with, it’s a really good idea to include a link to it in your CV. There are two main reasons for doing this. The first reason is to do with making the hiring manager/recruiter’s job easy. There are likely to be other people on LinkedIn who share the same name as you, which means that even if the person reading your CV thinks to look you up on LinkedIn, it can be hard for them to work out which profile is yours. The example below shows that if I look up the name ‘Helen Brown’, I’m given 1,404 results. If I was looking at a CV for Helen Brown and wanted to look her up on LinkedIn, I could be forgiven for wanting to give up on working out which profile is hers from these search results.
The second reason for including a link to your LinkedIn profile in your CV is that by including it, your LinkedIn profile is far more likely to be viewed. If your profile looks professional (and especially if it has some good recommendations on it), it will help create a good impression.
The LinkedIn URL explained
Many people don’t realise that LinkedIn each person on its platform their own URL. It’s this URL that can be added to your CV. All LinkedIn URLs are formatted in the same way. They will begin with www.linkedin.com/in. This is then followed by your name and a random assortment of letters and numbers e.g. my original LinkedIn URL would have been similar to this: www.linkedin.com/in/fay-wallis098bbdccdfgg. You can quickly and easily edit the last part of the URL to neaten it up and add it to your CV. See below for an example of what a LinkedIn URL can look like once it has been added to a CV.