- Sometimes, a résumé is not enough, and adding a portfolio to your LinkedIn profile can help to prove your abilities.
- From websites to presentations, a variety of media can be added to a LinkedIn professional portfolio.
- It's fairly easy to add, update and remove features from your LinkedIn professional portfolio.
- This article is 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 much more about your capabilities than résumés ever could. Instead of telling companies what you can do, you can demonstrate those abilities by showcasing samples of your work right on your LinkedIn profile.
What is a LinkedIn portfolio?
A LinkedIn portfolio is a portion of your LinkedIn profile that contains samples of your work. People who view your profile can look through the samples in your portfolio to get a sense of how you do what you do. Think about it like this: If your résumé tells people what you can do, your portfolio shows it.
You can share all types of content, including images, audio samples, videos, presentations and documents. When linking to your work, you can import content from a webpage or choose from a range of content providers, including Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud, Scribd and SlideShare. If you're uploading files, supported formats include .png, .gif, .jpg and .jpeg, as well as PDF, PowerPoint, Word, OpenOffice and other types of files.
Key takeaway: A LinkedIn portfolio is a section of your LinkedIn profile where viewers can see examples of your work, not just a list of your prior jobs.
How to create a LinkedIn portfolio, step by step
Here's how to showcase your work using LinkedIn's professional portfolio:
1. Sign in to LinkedIn and go to your profile. To do so, click the “Me” button toward the right of the top menu bar, then click “View Profile.”
2. In the first box, under your name, click “Add section.” Alternatively, click the pencil button to the right of any entry in your résumé, then scroll all the way down.
3. Click “Featured,” then click “Link” for portfolio documents hosted online and “Media” or “Upload” for documents you plan to upload from your computer.
4. To add a link, paste the URL of the content you would like to import (make sure to click the Supported Providers link under the URL field to view a list of approved content hosts and content types). To upload, choose the file from your computer. The media will automatically be displayed in your desired section.
5. Add an attention-grabbing title and a 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 in your LinkedIn portfolio
Is your portfolio out of order? Whether your work samples represent a sequence, or you just want your best work first, you can easily reorder work samples by dragging and dropping (except for links and media included in résumé entries). To do so, click the four horizontal bars in a link or upload’s top right corner, then drag your file where needed.
Some employers prefer your work to be listed chronologically, while others do not care. Either way, it is simple to rearrange and move your portfolio sections. If you made a mistake and need to move your portfolio to a different section, doing so is simple: While editing your profile, click the pencil icon in the lower-right corner of the sample you would like to move. Click the drop-down menu and choose the section in which you would like the sample to appear.
Tip: LinkedIn makes moving samples in your portfolio easy. Just drag and drop your samples using the four horizontal bars in each sample’s top-right corner.
How to remove samples in your LinkedIn portfolio
To delete a work sample, click the pencil icon in the top-right corner of the section containing your sample. Then, click the “delete” button in your sample’s bottom-left corner. You will be asked to confirm the deletion – just click “delete” again to do so. You might consider doing this if the work is outdated, no longer relevant or somehow contradicts your current work. As your work continues to grow, you might replace your old samples with your latest projects. Sometimes, it looks better to present a selection of your best work than to clutter your profile with all of your work.
Did you know? It’s often best to delete 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 back up your résumé. Many candidates might only say they have been successful, but uploading your portfolio lets you prove it by showcasing your work, thereby making your profile stand out.
For example, if you are working on becoming a professional web designer, you might talk about that on your résumé. You could list your coding skills, what software you are familiar with and any freelance work you have completed in website design. But without seeing samples, how can employers know the quality of your work? By uploading a variety of projects, you can back up your résumé.
You also could add YouTube videos that show you being interviewed or that showcase your work, pictures of you featured in newspapers or even reviews from clients.
Your résumé can say a lot, but your portfolio will say so much more.