career-advice

How do I create a custom LinkedIn URL?

Matt Glodz
How do I create a custom LinkedIn URL?

How to customise your LinkedIn profile link

When you create a LinkedIn profile, LinkedIn automatically assigns a URL that you can use to send people directly to your profile.

In this article, we'll discuss:

  • Why you should customise your LinkedIn URL
  • Where to share your profile
  • How to change the default LinkedIn profile link

Why you should customise your LinkedIn URL

Simply put, customising your URL will make it much easier for people to find your profile - especially if you have a more common name that can make your profile difficult to find using a simple search.

LinkedIn automatically creates a profile link based on your first and last name. However, it also includes a series of numbers and dashes.

It generally looks something like:

www.linkedin.com/in/matt-g-779854179

We recommend changing this default link because:

1) It's easy to make mistakes when typing out this long URL

By shortening your link and removing unnecessary characters, you'll help anyone who is manually typing in your URL avoid mistakes, eliminating potential frustration.

2) It doesn’t look very neat or professional

When including your profile link in an email signature or on any career-related documents, you want it to look clean.

By leaving your profile link as-is, you risk coming off as a LinkedIn amateur.

How to change the default LinkedIn profile link

Changing your LinkedIn URL is simple.

Step 1: Click "Edit public profile and URL" on your homepage

Create Custom LinkedIn URL

Step 2: Click the pencil under the "Edit your custom URL" heading

Step 3: Delete the existing URL and enter your preferred URL as shown below

 LinkedIn Custom Link

We recommend using some combination of your first and last name without dashes, when possible.

If your preferred URL is already taken, you may need to adjust accordingly.

Step 4: Click save and double-check your new URL

Once you click save, your URL is ready to go!

To be safe, we always recommend pasting your new link into your browser and double-checking that it works correctly before sending it out.

Where to share your profile

Once you complete your Linked profile and customise your link, you'll want to start (or continue building) your network of professional connections.

The easiest way to do so is to simply make people aware of your profile!

Places to consider sharing your LinkedIn profile link include:

  • Email signature
  • Business card
  • Company website
  • Alumni association databases
  • Personal blog
  • Author's bio on articles

While it's generally best practice to only add connections you know, don't be afraid to connect with potential business partners, employers, industry colleagues, and recruiters.

There's very little risk associated with accepting someone's connection request - and you never know what sort of opportunity it may lead to!


About CV Pilots

CV Pilots is an award-winning executive CV writing, career coaching and outplacement firm. Our previous clients include CEOs and senior executives at the world's leading companies.

Here's how we can help you:

CV, Cover Letter and LinkedIn Writing: After a one-hour phone consultation, one of our expert writers will prepare your top-quality personal marketing materials from scratch. 

CV Content Review & CV Editing: A professional pair of eyes will look over your existing CV to catch any errors and advise on areas of improvement.

Career Transitions: A powerful combination of our document writing and career coaching services helps position you to secure a new role.

To learn more, book an introductory call here or email team@cvpilots.co.uk.

We're a proud member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. All of our writers have studied at top-tier universities and have solid industry experience.


About the AuthorMatt Glodz


Matt Glodz is the Founder and Managing Partner of CV Pilots and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.

Based in London, he currently works with applicants ranging from CEOs to recent graduates and has been writing CVs for over eight years.

At CV Pilots, Matt combines his solid business and writing background to craft CVs that give his clients the best chance of landing interviews. He has lived in the UK, US and Italy.



Related Articles

6 Reasons You Need to Join LinkedIn
Wondering why people use LinkedIn or don't have a profile yet? You're not alone. We explain five key reasons you should consider creating a LinkedIn profile and how it can benefit you in your job search and throughout your career.
Read More
Guide to Remote Hiring: Recruiter Perspectives
We spoke to recruiters to ask about remote hiring best practices and what candidates should do to prepare: Is it common to hire employees without meeting them in-person? What are the advantages of remote hiring? How can companies ensure remote interviews run smoothly? Do companies plan to revert to in-person hiring?
Read More
How to effectively edit and submit your CV
Once you are happy with your CV, be sure to devote ample time to the editing process. Before submitting your CV, consult the following resources to ensure you're not making any glaring errors. Any sloppiness is a major turn-off for recruiters, and you can't rely on spell checkers to catch all of your mistakes. 
Read More