- Sometimes a resume isn’t enough, and adding a portfolio to your LinkedIn profile can help prove your capabilities.
- From websites to presentations, a variety of media can be added to a LinkedIn professional portfolio.
- It’s pretty easy to add, update, and remove features from your LinkedIn business portfolio.
- This article is intended for professionals who want to improve their LinkedIn profile by adding a portfolio of their work.
Looking for a new job? There’s no better time than now to spruce up your LinkedIn profile by creating an online portfolio.
You can show potential employers a lot more about your abilities than resumes ever could. Instead of telling companies what you can do, you can demonstrate these capabilities by showcasing examples of your work right on your LinkedIn profile.
What is a LinkedIn portfolio?
A LinkedIn portfolio is a part of your LinkedIn profile that contains examples of your work. People viewing your profile can browse your portfolio samples to get a feel for how you do what you do. Think of it like this: if your resume tells people what you can do, your portfolio shows this.
You can share all types of content including images, audio samples, videos, presentations, and documents. When you link to your work, you can import content from a web page or choose from a range of content providers including Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud, Scribd, and SlideShare. If you are uploading files, supported formats include .png, .gif, .jpg, and .jpeg, as well as PDF, PowerPoint, Word, OpenOffice, and other file types.
To remember : A LinkedIn Portfolio is a section of your LinkedIn profile where viewers can see examples of your work, not just a list of your previous jobs.
How to create a LinkedIn portfolio, step by step
Here’s how to showcase your work using LinkedIn’s Professional Portfolio:
1. Log in to LinkedIn and access your profile. To do this, click the “Me” button to the right of the top menu bar, then click “View Profile”.
2. In the first box, under your name, click on “Add a section”. You can also click the pencil button to the right of any entry on your CV, then scroll to the bottom.
3. Click “Featured”, then “Link” for portfolio documents hosted online and “Media” or “Download” for documents you plan to download from your computer.
4. To add a link, paste the URL of the content you want to import (be sure to click the Supported Providers link under the URL field to view a list of content hosts and approved content types). To download, choose the file from your computer. The media will automatically display in the desired section.
5. Add a catchy title and description of your work, such as project details or the tools you used.
6. Click Save and let your work shine.
How to move samples into your LinkedIn portfolio
Is your wallet broken? Whether your work samples represent a sequence or you just want your best work first, you can easily rearrange the work samples by dragging and dropping (except for links and media included in CV entries). To do this, click on the four horizontal bars in the upper right corner of a link or download, then drag your file to where you need it.
Some employers prefer your work to be listed in chronological order, while others don’t care. Either way, it’s easy to rearrange and move the sections of your portfolio. If you’ve made a mistake and need to move your portfolio to another section, doing so is simple: while editing your profile, click on the pencil icon in the lower right corner of the sample that you want to move. Click the drop-down menu and choose the section where you want the sample to appear.
Advice: LinkedIn makes it easy to move samples around your portfolio. Simply drag and drop your samples using the four horizontal bars in the upper right corner of each sample.
How to remove samples from your LinkedIn portfolio
To delete a working sample, click on the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the section containing your sample. Then click on the “delete” button in the lower left corner of your sample. You will be asked to confirm the deletion – just click “delete” again to do so. You might consider doing this if the work is out of date, no longer relevant, or in some way contradicts your current work. As your work continues to grow, you can replace your old samples with your latest projects. Sometimes it seems better to showcase a selection of your best work than to clutter up your profile with all your work.
Did you know? It is often best to remove old samples and replace them with your latest projects.
What are the benefits of using LinkedIn’s professional portfolio?
Using a professional portfolio on LinkedIn allows you to use real examples of your work to support your resume. Many applicants may only say they were successful, but uploading your portfolio allows you to prove it by showcasing your work, making your profile stand out.
For example, if you want to become a professional web designer, you can talk about it in your resume. You can list your coding skills, software you are familiar with, and any freelance work you have done in website design. But without seeing samples, how can employers know the quality of your work? By uploading a variety of projects, you can save your CV.
You can also add YouTube videos that show you being interviewed or feature your work, newspaper photos of you, or even customer reviews.
Your resume can say a lot, but your portfolio will say a lot more.