If I have a LinkedIn Profile, how can I show it on my resume header?
Hi Kevin –
Your LinkedIn profile is a valuable resource in your job search, so you need to pay a lot of attention to it.
Potential employers may first get to know you when they read your resume, but they will learn a whole lot more when they “Google” you to see what they can find on the internet. So, . . .
Make sure your LinkedIn profile and your resume are up to date and tell similar stories
If employers like what they see about you on your resume, they will very likely check to see what you look like online. If your LinkedIn page is out of date or presents information different from/contradictory to what they see on your resume, that raises a red flag. They will wonder: Which resource is telling the truth? Keep your story consistent across platforms and keep it professional.
Employers do check. If a Facebook or Google+ search on you reveals some extreme photos, language, links or likes, chances are that the employer is going to make some decisions (probably not positive ones) about your character, decision-making, maturity and, ultimately, employ-ability. Surf, post, blog and like responsibly.
It is good to have a LinkedIn account. It is extremely important to maintain that LinkedIn account and keep it as up to date as possible. It is also important to be active on LinkedIn. Use LinkedIn on a regular basis and you will begin to understand its potential value. Use it as the basis for managing your professional network of contacts, and it will pay big dividends in your job search.
Your online brand is very important
A while back, I responded to a similar question about social media and the job search. I recommend you read that post:
As that post suggests, the picture you paint of yourself on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. goes a long way toward defining your identity (your brand!) in the eyes of your boss, peers, partners and subordinates and your potential bosses, peers partners and subordinates. Manage it carefully.
Include your LinkedIn Public Profile URL in the contact information on your resume
First off, customize the URL on your LinkedIn Public Profile, Make it as user friendly as possible. Search your name on the internet, see what comes up. If your name is very common, you many need to be creative (but still professional) in selecting your URL. You want to make sure potential employers find you and not someone else with your same name.
The contact information on your resume must include your name, phone number and email address. It should include links to your LinkedIn Public Profile and other online resources (your personal website/online portfolio or blog) if they will help convey your professional brand. It can also include a brand statement and/or your physical address if you believe they will help market you to potential employers.
Following are some examples of how you might include your LinkedIn profile on your resume:
Hope this is helpful,