LinkedIn now lets users add visual content like photos, presentations and videos to their profile pages — a feature that has been in high demand with creative professionals like designers and photographers.
The new LinkedIn Professional Portfolio feature turns the bare, word-heavy resumes of LinkedIn into potentially very image- and video-heavy portfolios. It’s an especially important enhancement for people who absolutely need to provide examples of their visual work to get a job, but could also be useful for others who just want to add some depth to their resumes.
“From the analyst who makes annual predictions on tech trends to the 3D animator who is looking to fund a new short film, the opportunities are limitless for how professionals can now use the LinkedIn profile to help showcase these unique stories in a visual way,” LinkedIn Project Manager Udi Milo wrote in a blog post.
You can upload any number of images, videos and presentations directly into the summary, work experience and education sections of your LinkedIn profile with descriptions of the work. For example, a designer can upload a magazine spread and describe their thought process behind the design. Or an actor can upload a short clip of a recent performance. All of these visuals show up as thumbnails on a user’s profile page, directly beneath a specific job, work summary, and education history. You can then click the thumbnails to get full-screen views. LinkedIn will eventually add the ability to like and comment on individual images and videos.
This is an important addition to LinkedIn, which has traditionally been a professional network for office-bound, white-collar workers. The move could potentially attract many more creative professional, who can now display their portfolios alongside their resumes.
The LinkedIn Professional Portfolio feature begins rolling out in English-speaking countries today.