After adding the capacity for users to add documents to their LinkedIn messages last July, and giving company pages the ability to do the same within their updates late last year, LinkedIn has now announced that all members can upload documents and presentations, including PDFs and PowerPoint presentations, directly to their feed, or within group posts.
The option provides another way to build your professional presence on the platform - as per LinkedIn:
"Documents and presentations are an impactful way to share knowledge with your community and ignite richer conversations on topics you care about. From conference presentations and whitepapers to case studies and playbooks, sharing presentations is a great way to break down complex ideas, tell stories by combining words and images, and allow you to go deeper."
As noted, users have had the capacity to upload documents within messages and via company pages for some time, but the expansion to personal profiles is another opportunity, another way to showcase your skills and expertise in additional formats, which could be hugely beneficial.
At present, the option is only available via the desktop version of the app - if you want to include a document within your LinkedIn update:
- Tap the document icon on the share box on your desktop feed and choose a document or presentation from your computer to upload.
- Write a quick description to explain what you’re sharing. Use hashtags related to the topic and @mentions, these can help it be surfaced to the right people.
- Take a moment to make sure you’re happy with how your document or presentation looks, select who you’d like to share with (anyone on LinkedIn, a group you’re part of, or just your connections), and then hit post.
It's another way to showcase your professional skills and experience on the platform, which, LinkedIn notes, is also coming to the mobile app soon.