What to know about putting your LinkedIn on your CV

Your LinkedIn profile can be an important highlight on your CV. What’s the best way to put LinkedIn on your CV?



Table of Contents

  1. LinkedIn on CV
  2. Why do people include LinkedIn on their CV?
  3. Tips for your LinkedIn profile
  4. Where and how to include LinkedIn on your CV
  5. FAQ: Putting LinkedIn on your CV

LinkedIn on CV

Contact information like your phone number is one of the important things you need to include in your job search. After all, how else will a potential employer be able to contact you? Social media is another type of contact information, and if you’re looking for a great way to touch up a professional CV this year, it’s good to include your LinkedIn profile. Here’s everything you need to know to get a new job with a LinkedIn account.

Why do people include LinkedIn on their CV?

LinkedIn isn’t the same as other social media sites, and your LinkedIn profile page is a good way to get your information out there. Why do people include a LinkedIn profile on their CV? There are typically three important reasons for it.

First of all, a LinkedIn CV shows that you have a professional online presence. Many career experts want to see that you care about presenting yourself online professionally.

A LinkedIn profile gives more information about work history and achievements. If someone goes to your LinkedIn profile, they can see things like your endorsements, certifications you hold, all your work experience including history you didn’t put on the CV and every achievement you display. Employers will also see endorsements from people you’re networked with.

Lastly, LinkedIn profiles show you care about networking. That’s what a LinkedIn profile is really for—it helps you connect with industry professionals, submit a job application when you want to and work on your personal branding. Networking is one of the prime methods of finding a dream job.

Tips for your LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile needs to look great if you’re going to include it on a CV. Here are a few tips you can use to make sure your LinkedIn profile looks right before you even include it on your CV:

  • Customize your LinkedIn public profile URL so it’s easier to remember.
  • Make sure your profile picture is professional.
  • Focus on skills and achievements.
  • Update your work history, including history you might not include on a CV, and your connections.

The LinkedIn custom URL is one of the most important parts of including a profile on your CV. Go to your LinkedIn account profile, and select “Edit public profile & URL,” using your name for the URL. If that’s already taken, consider including middle initials and middle names.

Typically, you’ll want your URL to look like this: https://www.linkedin.com/in/Firstname-Lastname/

Where and how to include LinkedIn on your CV

When you include LinkedIn on your CV, it’s important that you know where to add it. Here are some places where you can put your LinkedIn profile on your CV:

  • Under your name
  • In a “social media” or “portfolio” section

Remember to include your LinkedIn profile as a clickable link in your document. Most recruiters will look at your CV on a computer, not as a physical document, so if you include a clickable link, your CV profile is just a single click away.

FAQ: Putting LinkedIn on your CV

Q: Do I need LinkedIn in the modern job market?

Most hiring managers expect that you’ll have a LinkedIn account. Although this doesn’t guarantee you a job interview, it’s always better to include your LinkedIn profile to help you stand out when job hunting in 2022. Most of the time, a CV template will ask for your LinkedIn profile URL when filling it out, and skipping this section can only lead to a slightly less informative CV.

Q: Should I have other social media presences aside from LinkedIn?

Depending on your industry, you may also want to have other social media links. For example, an aspiring hairdresser may want to keep an Instagram account to use as a portfolio of sorts, showcasing hairdressing skills. If you decide to have other social media presences that you include in bullet points, make sure they’re all explicitly professional. Including links to non-professional social media pages will make your interviewer less likely to take you seriously.

Q: Will a CV builder ask me for my LinkedIn?

When you go through a CV builder, like the CVHelp CV builder, you’ll usually get a request for your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have one, you can skip this section, but it’s a good idea for your job search, in general, to dedicate some time to creating a LinkedIn profile.


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