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How & Why You Need to Customize Your LinkedIn URL

How & Why You Need to Customize Your LinkedIn URLIf you have an excellent LinkedIn profile it’s generally a good idea to add the URL to your resume.

But not a cumbersome link like this! “https://www.linkedin.com/pub/your-name/783/23”

Those numbers and slashes at the end are random and distracting.

Show your LinkedIn savvy – and save space in your documents – by customizing your LinkedIn URL. It’s easy and quick. Here’s how:

  1. In your profile, hover your mouse over the URL under your photo and click the gear symbol that appears next to it.
  2. You will now see the Public Profile Settings screen. On the right, under “Your public profile URL,” click the blue pencil next to it.
  3. In the box that appears, after “www.linkedin.com/in/,” type your desired URL. The best URL is generally your first and last name with no capital letters or symbols, e.g. “yourname.” You might add an academic acronym like PhD or MBA if applicable.
  4. If that version of your name is not available, I suggest adding a middle initial, or your full middle name (especially if it’s short). As a last resort you can add a number. (Don’t use your birth year as the number. Even if you’re not concerned about age discrimination right now, in the future you feel differently.)

You have a total of 5-30 letters of numbers to work with (not including “www.linkedin.com/in/”). You can change the URL if you change your mind, within limits (up to 5 times within 180 days – but who is as indecisive as that?).

A customized LinkedIn URL is a quick way to add a little more polish to your job search documents.

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