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Get Hired: How to Add a Portfolio to Your LinkedIn Profile

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Get noticed and find a job using LinkedIn's Professional Portfolio.

  • 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.

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.

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.

Here's how to showcase your work using LinkedIn's professional portfolio: 

1. Sign in to LinkedIn, and go to your profile. 

2. Click Edit Profile.

3. Go to the section to which you would like to add samples of your work, such as the Summary, Experience or Education sections. For the Experience and Education sections, you can add work samples under each position you have held and each school you have attended. 

4. Click the add media icon (a square with a plus sign) between the Edit button and the reorder arrows.

5. Choose either Add Link or Upload File. 

6. 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.

7. Add an attention-grabbing title and a description of your work, such as project details or the tools you used. 

8. 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. 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. 

How to remove samples in your LinkedIn portfolio

To delete a work sample, click the pencil icon in the lower-right corner of the sample you want to delete. Click Remove This Media. You will be asked to confirm the deletion. Choose "Yes, remove it" to delete the work sample. 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.

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.

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