Use work examples to show off your accomplishments



Everyone now has a LinkedIn profile, so yours needs to stand out, and there’s an easy way to do it that a lot of people still don’t bother to do. These are called working samples. This is a relatively new feature in LinkedIn (especially if you’re one of those people who don’t check your profile often, um!), And it can turn your profile from a simple electronic CV into a visually richer one. representation of you and your best work.

It only takes a few minutes to use working examples to spruce up your profile. Here’s how.

On the left, you can see my LinkedIn profile without any sample work. On the right, the same information, but with working examples added. The swatches will add color and depth to an otherwise terribly boring profile page.

To get started, open your profile in edit mode by clicking on Profile followed by Edit profile button.

There are three main areas where you can add work samples. The first and most important is the Summary section. You should place here the work you are most proud of or your most recent work related to the job you are looking for. Most people keep the summary section at the top of their profile because it highlights your interests and specialties and gives insight into your personality.

You can also add assignments to your Experience and Education sections for each job and school you’ve worked or attended, so don’t feel like you have to put it all in the Summary.

Next to the Edit link in each entry, you should see a small box with a plus sign. Click on it and you will see a drop-down menu allowing you to add a link or file to your profile.

linkedin upload sample work from file

You can add work samples to each job or school entry, as well as your profile summary.

If you click Add a link, you can add a link to a web page or content that is compatible with embed.ly. If you prefer to add a file, click Upload a file. You are allowed to upload files with the following extensions:

If your work is not in one of the accepted formats, try uploading it to an acceptable media sharing site. You can also try to convert your work to a format accepted by LinkedIn. If you are a programmer, for example, you can try copying source code to an RTF file.

LinkedIn job example view

To view a working sample in LinkedIn, click on the working sample and a viewer similar to Facebook’s photo viewer will appear. This makes it easy for a potential employer to see your work without having to follow a dizzying path of links.

Once you have uploaded your file or pasted your URL, you will be able to give a title and description to the work. The description will appear next to the artwork when viewing it. If you need to change the description or title of the work later, just click on the pencil icon next to the title of the work when editing your profile.

Linkedin edit the work sample

When editing a working sample, you can change the title, description, or section in which it should appear.

You can also rearrange your artwork by clicking and dragging items. To move a work to another section, click on the pencil icon and select a section to move it to with the drop-down menu titled “Move media to”.

You can also delete a working sample by clicking on Delete this media.

When you’re done uploading and editing samples, scroll to the top of your profile and click Do editing.

Doesn’t that look better? Not only will your samples make your profile stand out, but they’ll also allow a hiring manager to see what you can do for their business with just a few clicks.


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