More and more people are registering with LinkedIn and that’s because it is a great networking tool, but should you put it on your CV?
No, is the simple answer.
This goes back to the most basic (and often forgotten) piece of advice on CVs, which is that you must always remember that a CV is to get you an interview.
The 3 reasons not to put LinkedIn on your CV
Firstly, if you need a potential employer to read your LinkedIn profile to reinforce your CV it simply means that your CV is not doing it’s job properly and you need to look at rewriting your CV.
Secondly, consider what happens when someone clicks on that hyper-link on your CV. They stop reading your CV, and you’ve sent them into hyperspace and we all know what happens then. They get distracted and start looking and reading other things and before you know it they’re on Facebook looking at pictures of kittens! Sound familiar?
Thirdly, consider who you’re connected to. People in a similar job to yourself. The competition. And you just led the recruiter right to them.
LinkedIn is a great networking tool and there are things you can use it for in getting yourself noticed but putting it on your CV is not one of them.