Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding samples of your work, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
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- One of the things that sets LinkedIn apart from basically any other social network or a traditional resume when it comes to work experience, is the fact that you can add in relevant samples of your work to just about anything that you do here. In this movie, I'm gonna show you how to do that. So as I scroll down, you'll notice that inside of things like my Summary and my Experience, there are all these links at the bottom to add media, like Documents, Photos, Links, Videos or even Presentations. Depending on what you do for a living, there's probably a section that fits you and your category of work.
For instance, since this person is a Lead Web Designer, I might wanna add some of the images that the person has uploaded to a site like Dribbble.com, which is a website that is dedicated to sharing the work of graphic designers. In order to do that, I would simply come down here and click on something like the Link. Once I do that, it's gonna say, "Okay, add this to a position." If you have more than one position, you can determine exactly which position you wanna add it to, and then you can type out the URL to the piece of work that you'd like to add. If you're unsure whether or not your work can be added to LinkedIn, click this link here that says "Supported Providers." When I open this link in a new tab, it'll take me to the LinkedIn Help section, where it will say, "Check out this site to see a full list of supported content providers." When I right-click on this and open it up, you can see it takes me to this embedly website, where I can see things like the Video partners, YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, UStream, Brightcove.
All of those are able to be directly embedded onto your LinkedIn profile. The Images section, you can pull things from Instagram, Dribbble, Imgur, Flickr and yfrog. Rich Media supports things like Scribd, Prezi, Storify and also SlideShare. So if you have media that is relevant to the work that you do, based on one of the positions you've added to your LinkedIn profile, consider adding some of that media directly to your profile to give people a better idea of exactly what you're capable of. Let's go over to Dribbble.com and let's find, this is my personal Dribbble profile right here, but let's just find something that might be relevant to this web designer, like, let's say, this application.
I'll right-click on this and choose Copy Link. Then I'll go back over to my LinkedIn profile and I'm just going to Paste in the link by right-clicking. Once I do that, I'll hit Continue, and this is going to add the image. You'll see the image pop up here momentarily. And once the image has been added, it gives me a Title and a Description. In this case, I'll type out something like Twitter application mockup. Then we'll give it a description. It's pulling the description directly from Dribbble, but I can certainly add in my own, if I want to. I could say, "Mockup of a potential Twitter client done in Adobe Illustrator with complete vector design." Once I have that, I'll hit Add to Profile, and now that piece of information has been added to my profile.
In essence, LinkedIn is not only a digital resume, it can also be a portfolio as well. If you're working in a field for visual arts or business presentations or even documentation, using these links at the bottom of the sections of your profile is a great way to extend the capabilities of your LinkedIn profile and truly make you stand out above everyone else.
- What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?
- Adding work experience and education to your profile
- Finding and adding contacts
- Sending messages
- Sharing status updates and content from the web
- Asking for, and providing, recommendations
- Interacting with companies
- Finding a job on LinkedIn
- Starting and growing a group
- Managing your account