How ugly is your standard-issue LinkedIn profile URL?
Pretty bad. Mine used to look like this:
Try putting that on a resume or business card.
Beyond the unattractiveness, the long-form URL dates you as badly as putting a Yahoo email address on your resume.
How to Set up a Personal LinkedIn Profile URL
Happily, LinkedIn lets you set up a personal URL for your profile. It’s also known as a vanity URL.
Mine looks like this (much nicer, huh?):
But, 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 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.
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 because KenLee8200 would make him sound a bit late to the party.
Instead, I asked him to add a branding statement with one of his credentials, 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:
If you prefer reading instructions, use LinkedIn Help.
Regardless of your preference, this takes about a minute, and it significantly upgrades your professional image on LinkedIn, business cards, and your resume.
Go for it!
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Updated January 2021
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