As Jeff Barr, Lead Web Services Evangelist at Amazon, just noticed, one of the cool features LinkedIn has added recently is the ability to make your LinkedIn profile not only accessible to the public, but also to make an easy-to-remember unique URL (linkedin.com/in/scottallen vs. linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=2369). Here’s an illustrated step-by-step how-to:
- Go to My Profile:
- Go to Edit My Public Profile:
- Edit your public profile URL:
- Choose an easy-to-remember URL:
Your name is probably the best choice (I got lucky and was the first one to claim mine – there are at least 50 other Scott Allens in LinkedIn!). If that’s not available, try a combination of your name and company name, or your name and your title or line of work. Don’t use something wacky – remember this is a professionally-oriented site.
- Now choose which portions of your profile you want to make public:
I’m honestly not sure why you would want to hide any of this unless you’re a very private person, in which case I don’t know why you’d be making your profile public anyway, but the options are there if you so choose.
- Save the changes and optionally preview your profile as it will appear to others:
You’re done! Now you can easily include your LinkedIn profile – a dynamic resume/portfolio – in your resume, your email signature, or wherever else you think it’s appropriate.