Adding LinkedIn to Your CV: A Guide with Key Tips
Written by Mike Potter, Author • Last updated on 6 May 2024

Adding LinkedIn to Your CV: A Guide with Key Tips

Your CV is the most powerful tool in determining your chances of job search success. But alongside the CV, LinkedIn profiles are becoming increasingly important. Growing numbers of hiring managers check the LinkedIn account of a candidate before making a hiring decision, so creating and maintaining an account could increase your chances of success. In this article, we discuss how and why to add a LinkedIn profile to your CV, with tips to help you make the strongest possible impression.

Should you add your LinkedIn URL to your CV?

Adding a LinkedIn URL to your CV is optional, but the evidence suggests it’s an increasingly necessary part of job applications. Studies indicate that 64% of hiring managers (1) check candidates’ professional social media profiles (such as LinkedIn) as part of the recruitment process. Recruiters and hiring managers will often seek out your profile, even if you don’t include it in your CV, so including it can show consideration for the hiring manager.

It’s clear that hiring managers like to check out social media profiles as part of their hiring decision. However, it’s not as simple as just setting up a LinkedIn account, adding some basic information and then including a URL in your CV. Your LinkedIn profile is an important element of marketing yourself as a candidate, and the content you create and share on the platform is all part of that promotion of your skills, knowledge and experience. In the sections below, we’ll discuss how and where to add your profile, and some tips for maximising the impact of LinkedIn in your job applications.

How and where to add your LinkedIn

If you’re adding your LinkedIn profile to your CV, place it in your header with your contact details. This is also the place to add any other social media profiles that you use professionally, as well as links to any online portfolios or websites. Placing your LinkedIn URL in your CV header increases the likelihood of employers seeing it.

Add your profile as a hyperlink for easy access, and customise your URL to make it relevant and more pleasant to read. This shows you’ve taken the time to make your profile as accessible as possible, and it helps to make your URL more memorable than those with standard, LinkedIn assigned URLs. You can find more details on customising your LinkedIn profile URL below.

Consider placing a LinkedIn logo alongside your URL, and the logos of any other social media profiles. Touches like this can help make your CV look more professional. If you’re not confident adding graphics into your CV, you could use a CV creating tool like those offered by CVwizard. Our CV templates include a section for adding LinkedIn, as well as websites and other custom fields, to make the process of creating an eye-catching CV less intimidating.

Expert tip:

Set aside time to update your LinkedIn profile regularly. A current, active LinkedIn profile will have a far more positive impact than one that simply acts as an online CV. Make connections relevant to your industry, engage with other members’ posts and craft your own posts that display your knowledge and skills, to make sure your profile has the maximum impact with hiring managers.

When not to include your LinkedIn in your CV

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool in your job search, but there are also times when including it in your CV might harm your chances of success. If your profile isn’t up-to-date, or you don’t regularly use LinkedIn, adding it to your CV will have a lesser effect than if you have an active profile that you update regularly. As such, you might feel it’s better to leave your LinkedIn URL off your CV.

You may also not benefit from adding your LinkedIn profile to your CV, if the content on your LinkedIn is the same, or very similar, to that on your CV. Try to add content to your LinkedIn profile that expands upon your CV and adds greater depth than you’re able to share in that document. If your LinkedIn profile simply repeats the same information as your CV, there’s no real benefit to including it.

Finally, you might want to avoid adding your LinkedIn profile without a customised URL, as the URLs LinkedIn provide can look messy on your CV. Thankfully, it’s easy to customise your LinkedIn URL, and you can find out how to do it below.

“Your LinkedIn profile is an important element of marketing yourself as a candidate, and the content you create and share on the platform is all part of that promotion of your skills, knowledge and experience.”

Tips for adding your LinkedIn to your CV

Follow these tips to make sure your LinkedIn profile on your CV creates a positive impact with hiring managers:

Customise your LinkedIn URL

A custom LinkedIn URL looks much more professional than a generic one, and makes your profile far more memorable. To customise your LinkedIn URL, follow these steps:

Customise your LinkedIn URL using a computer:

  • Open LinkedIn in your web browser
  • Log in to your account, if you’re not already
  • Click ‘Me’ in the top menu
  • Click ‘View profile’
  • In the right-hand sidebar, click the pencil-shaped ‘edit’ icon next to ‘Public Profile & URL’
  • In the right-hand sidebar, click into your URL in the ‘Edit your custom URL’ section, and customise your URL
  • Click ‘Save’

Customise your LinkedIn URL via the LinkedIn app:

  • On your home screen, tap on your profile photo thumbnail in the top left of the screen
  • Tap ‘View profile’
  • Tap the pencil-shaped ‘edit’ icon at the top of your profile
  • Scroll to ‘Contact info’ and tap ‘Edit contact info’
  • Under ‘Profile URL’, tap on the URL
  • LinkedIn will open in a browser
  • Under ‘Edit your custom URL’, click into the URL to change it
  • Tap ‘Save’ to save your new custom URL

When adding your LinkedIn URL to your CV, hyperlink it so that if the hiring manager is reading it on their computer, they can easily click on your URL to head directly to your LinkedIn profile. If you’re creating your CV in Microsoft Word, save it as a PDF via the ‘Save as’ function rather than creating a PDF using the print function, as this will retain hyperlinks and other accessibility features in the document.

Update your LinkedIn regularly

The key to a successful LinkedIn URL on your CV is to have a profile that you regularly update. This could be updates related to your career, skills or other profile information. It can also be in the form of posts that demonstrate your commitment to, and knowledge of, your industry. Follow people who are influential in your industry sector, and interact with their posts. Also, think about how you can start posting content to your own profile that might impress employers and show your skills and experience.

Have a targeted LinkedIn profile

When you’re applying for jobs, it’s essential that your LinkedIn profile matches the types of jobs you’re applying for. If, for example, you’re applying for a sales manager role, make sure you include ‘sales manager’ in your headline. You can also write a summary, outlining your career path, skills and achievements. This is similar to your CV personal statement or objective, but try to make it different, so recruiters and employers can find some unique insights in each summary.

Use a CV builder

CV builder tools can help you create a professional-looking CV, and make it easy to list things like your LinkedIn profile as part of a clear, eye-catching design. CVwizard’s CV builder has an option to add your LinkedIn profile as part of your header. It also includes CV templates that use the LinkedIn logo, making your CV look more professional.

Key Takeaways for Adding LinkedIn to Your CV

Your LinkedIn profile is a valuable tool in your job search, and adding it to your CV can have a positive impact on your chances of success. If you have an up-to-date profile, add a custom URL as a hyperlink in your CV header, for easy navigation to your profile. Keep your profile up-to-date and make sure the content is relevant to the jobs you’re applying for. On CVwizard you can find more CV tips, and create a CV with a beautiful design to stand out from other candidates. Sign up today and follow the simple steps to get started.


(1) Robert Walters: Employers check LinkedIn profiles before hiring

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Mike Potter
Mike Potter
Mike Potter is an experienced copywriter specialising in careers and professional development. He uses extensive knowledge of workplace culture to create insightful and actionable articles on CV writing and career pathways.

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