How to Add Media to your Linkedin Profile

by · January 17, 2013

Recently while updating my Linkedin profile I stumbled across the option to add media to my sections.

After opening up the profile editor I noticed a new ‘Add Media’ icon that lets you add links to any videos, images, documents, or even your resume to your Linkedin profile.

Of course the next thing I did was think of ways to utilize this feature to enhance my own profile and how you could use it to enhance yours!

Now this additional feature is available to a number of your Linkedin sections including your personal summary, current or previous jobs, and finally education. Though you may be able to add media to other sections you’ve included on your profile.

Update: the new profile design as well as the rich media functionality are still being rolled out to members currently. Over the next few months, all members will be gradually upgraded to this new feature. Others may not see your rich media links yet because this functionality has not been rolled out to their profiles yet.

SEE ALSO: Adding Linkedin Sections

First things first — after opening up your Linkedin profile editor locate the ‘Add Media’ icon in whichever section you choose.

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Look for the ‘Add Media’ Icon in your Profile Editor

For example since the background section of my Linkedin profile is a summary about who I am, I decided to add a link to the ‘About Me’ page from my personal website.

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Word of Advice

Keep in mind the only reason I added media to my Linkedin profile is to help highlight and showcase what I’ve done as it pertains to the section. Meaning just because your able to add something else to your Linkedin profile doesn’t mean you necessarily should.

Linkedin Media Gallery

The links and documents that you provide do not automatically redirect people to them when they are clicked on — they open in your Linkedin Media Gallery.

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Media you’ve included will be displayed in your Linkedin Media Gallery

Now the links I included were to pages and posts from blog and to my surprise, Linkedin didn’t keep the original formatting which was kind of lame… but it does allow the viewer to ‘Read Original’ and navigate to the original post which can provide me some extra traffic and hopefully showcase my site.

Recently Linkedin announced reaching 200 million registered users and considering it’s becoming the go-to platform for recruiters and industry professionals, adding media to your Linkedin profile (that makes sense) will hopefully help you stand out from the rest of the crowd and keep users on your page longer.

What media do you plan to add to your Linkedin Profile?

  • Jessica Butler

    I think integrating an “about me” using a video is a great introduction into the individual. You can see more of the person’s energy – of course, if you are more reserved, it may not be the option for you.

    • http://www.jacobcurtis.co/ Jacob Curtis

      @google-e3dd8a2eb770ded4c89cb2beaf4b575c:disqus absolutely Jessica, working on my ask we speak! I agree, I think a quality video about you shows way more about your personality than just a plain bio. Then again, you have to be comfortable in front of the camera, which isn’t for everyone. Maybe just a slideshow with your voice over in that case!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • debevans

    Very helpful, thank you!

    • http://www.jacobcurtis.co/ Jacob Curtis

      Of course @debevans:disqus , thanks for taking the time to stop by and let me know it helped!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=798370322 Kristin Still Barclay

    Is this only available to users with accounts above the basic level? Thanks @jacobcurtis:disqus

    • http://www.jacobcurtis.co/ Jacob Curtis

      @facebook-798370322:disqus negative, it’s a feature available to all users, though you’ll need to add a few sections like “education” if your looking to add more media aside from your background summary.

  • Steve Knight

    Jacob, I just discovered the Linkedin add media/link option as well. I used a mix of links to my website and links to videos on my facebook page. All looks good and videos play fine when I view my own Linkedin profile, but to others viewing my profile (Linkedin 1st connected or not) they cannot see the links. I have checked and my public profile is set to completely open with each and every box ticked to be open to the public. Any ideas? My Linkedin profile is uk.linkedin.com/in/steveknightcomms/ Do you see any media links? I have sent you an invite to connect on Linkedin as I think your site and what you are doing is great… as a consequence you’ll also be able to view as 1st connection. Thanks, Steve.

  • http://twitter.com/topleftdesign Keren Lerner

    Hi Jacob, I think for some people it’s not been “rolled out” yet. I have a full profile inclduing summary, education and experience, and I don’t see the “add media” icon yet. Is it right to assume that it’s just a matter of patiently waiting for the change?

    • http://www.jacobcurtis.co/ Jacob Curtis

      Hey @twitter-14971160:disqus I looked into this for you and found the
      new profile design as well as the rich media functionality are still being
      rolled out to members currently.

      Over the next few months, all members will be gradually upgraded to this new feature. Others may not see your rich media links yet because this functionality has not been rolled out to their profiles yet.

      Thanks for bringing this up! I’ll add a note to this post as well.

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  • http://www.jacobcurtis.co/ Jacob Curtis

    Hey @disqus_rIGNbrfDOx:disqus , thanks for looking into this and helping us find the right answer. It’s simply a roll out issue and the media can only be seen by other profiles who have the functionality already.

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