How ugly is your standard issue LinkedIn profile URL?
Pretty bad. Mine used to look like this: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donna-svei-4130412.
Try putting that on a resume or a business card.
Beyond that, the long form URL dates you as badly as putting an AOL.com email address on your resume.
How to Set up a Personal (aka Vanity) LinkedIn Profile URL
Happily, LinkedIn lets you set up a personal URL for your profile. This is also known as a vanity URL.
Mine looks like this:
Much nicer, huh?
What If You Have a Common Name?
I have the good fortune of being the only Donna Svei on the planet. However, that’s not the case for a resume client I worked with this week.
I asked him to get a personal URL for his resume. He has a common first name and a wildly common last name.
As I update this post in September 2020, there are 8,200 Ken Lee profiles on LinkedIn.
Brand Yourself with Your LinkedIn Profile URL
So, I asked him to do something to distinguish himself from all the other Ken Lees on LinkedIn (not my client’s name, but you get the point). I specifically asked him not to put a number after his name. KenLee8200 would make him sound a little late to the party.
Instead, I asked him to add a branding statement. Like this: linked.com/in/Ken-Lee-MBA.
Now that you get the idea of personalizing your URL, I want to give you video and written instructions on how to do it (it’s simple).
If you like video, watch this:
View all my “how to” videos on my Donna Svei YouTube Channel.
If you prefer reading instructions, click for the LinkedIn Help narrative.
Regardless of your preference, this is a one-minute investment of your time. And it significantly upgrades your professional image on LinkedIn, business cards, and your resume.
Let’s Connect on LinkedIn
Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer. The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.
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I share this URL post and the profile picture post noted directly above with my clients more than any other posts I’ve written.
Updated September 2020
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