Do you find it difficult to translate your creative or analytic skills on a resume? Most designers and developers prepare a portfolio binder for an interview. LinkedIn’s portfolio feature offers this to you in a digital format that can help increase your marketability, allowing you to update it at any time, from any device.
Upload images, presentations, videos and documents in the specified format and your work will be displayed in a digital slide show.
Disclosure: When leveraging this feature, it is important to ensure you follow your company’s social media policy and never share proprietary or confidential information, or the property of current or former employers.
Examples of how your work would appear:
Images: Developers, designers or project managers might consider up loading a screen shot of a website, logo or photo that demonstrates successful completion of a project or specific accomplishment.
Presentation: You can consider uploading a slide deck from a conference you spoke at or even use this visual piece to explain how you improved the usability of a website or even demonstrate a particular skill you have.
Video: Showcasing your skill and background with video can add a lot to your portfolio, but be sure to keep it brief and to the point. Videos that clearly demonstrate your accomplishments, successful or unique projects or even testimonials from a past client or peers may help boost the portfolio section of your resume. You can even provide a link to your videos hosted on other sites, such as YouTube or Vimeo.
Documents: You can show off a sample business plan, case study, PDF demonstration of your work or financial report you created by uploading those files. Just be sure to keep your documents concise.
Creating Your LinkedIn Portfolio:
1. Find the ‘Edit Profile’ link in the main navigation under the ‘Profile’ heading
2. Under the Background, Experience and Educations sections, you’ll see the text box to enter in a URL to a video or upload a file.
3. Once you’ve added a link or uploaded your file you will be prompted to add a Title and a Description. Add enough detail to let the viewer know what the file entails, but don’t go overboard, keep the description to just a few sentences.
4. Click ‘Save’, and repeat the process until you’ve included all the items you think will help you stand out in your job search.
You are now on your way to completing a comprehensive profile that provides not only your work experience, but showcases visual examples of your accomplishments.