It says you can add media samples to the Summary, Education, and Experience sections on your profile.Not true— at least not in my own recent experience.
You can only add work samples to your Summary section. Once you do, however, you can move them to another section.
Here are the steps:
Sign in to LinkedIn (if you’re not signed in already), and go to your profile. It may automatically display in edit mode. If not, click on Profile in the menu bar, and choose Edit Profile from the drop-down menu.
Scroll down to your Summary section, and hover your mouse over the upper righthand corner. You’ll see a tiny rectangle with a + sign in the corner. That’s the Add Media icon. When you hover over it, you’ll see a tiny display window: “Click to add a video, image, document, presentation…”
When you click the icon, you’ll see a new display window (below). You can add media from the web by entering the corresponding URL, or you can choose to add a file from your computer. You can click on the little “Supported Providers” link to see what kind of media files are acceptable.
Some quick examples: YouTube and Vimeo are two of many supported video providers: just key in the URLs from those sites. Acceptable image formats are .png, .gif, .jpg, and .jpeg.
LinkedIn will accept most media files. Best way to find out: just go ahead and try to upload the file. If it’s not an acceptable format, you’ll get a message.
To date, I’ve only uploaded two kinds of media files: YouTube videos and JPEG images. In both cases, here’s what happens:
After the file finishes uploading, I’ll see a thumbnail image and a display window where I can enter a Title (required) and Description (optional), then hit Save.
Note: There’s no indication at this point that I can move the file from the Summary section to another section of my profile.
To move the file to another section:
After saving the uploaded file to the Summary section, click on the thumbnail image.
An expanded display window will open.
Now, in addition to being able to change the Title and Description, you can also opt to move the file to a different section of your profile.
You can also opt to delete the file, now or at any future time.
Just to be clear: use the drop-down menu under “Move this media to” to choose the section you want to move the media file to.
Clicking on the drop-down menu will display the full titles you’ve given to the available sections of your profile. In my case, the menu looks like this:
By moving work samples to the Experience (“Image Specialist, et. al., at Mark Armstrong Illustration”) section of my profile, I can position them (the thumbnail images) below my recommendations, which creates a beneficial association.
Here’s how they look (below). There are 20 images, total, but only the first 5 thumbnails display. Viewers can, however, click “See More,” to display the other thumbnails.
It takes time to think it all through, to choose files that will show your work to best advantage, to upload them, add descriptions that establish context, etc. But there’s no doubt in my mind: it’s worth it.
Work samples give your profile a dynamic look that plain text can’t match. Best of all:
they tell people you’re invested in your work and career.