OK, you haven’t won an Oscar (yet), but it’s still good to know how to add awards and honors to your LinkedIn profile.
Why Should You Add Awards to Your Profile?
Because they serve several purposes:
- They provide quick proof of your achievements.
- If done right, they give your reader visual relief from walls of text.
- They give viewers a sense of your personality.
Types of Honors & Awards to Share on LinkedIn
To operationalize this, you might use what LinkedIn calls rich media. Examples include:
- Uploading a photo of yourself or your team receiving an award
- Sharing a video of yourself presenting at an industry conference
- Adding a flattering picture of you holding your award
- Uploading a shot of your staff giving you a “World’s Best Boss”
You get the idea. Now, the 4 places to add awards and honors:
1. Add Awards to Your Featured Section
In 2020, LinkedIn added a Featured section to the profile. It’s a terrific place to share a BIG award. What do I mean by “BIG” award? Well, one of my clients was featured by a leading publication in his industry. They called him the King of X. So, we added a link to that article to his Featured section. It displays on his profile showing his company’s name and his title. Plus, it says he’s the best X in the US and calls him the King of X. It doesn’t get any better than that. We made the article the only item in his Featured section. That ensured there was enough room for LinkedIn to display all that information. We also avoided diluting the impact of his great honor with less compelling media. LinkedIn has a detailed FAQ on using the Featured section. Or, if you prefer video, Viveka von Rosen has you covered here:
2. Add Awards to Your Experience & Education Sections as Rich Media
In addition to Featured, you can add rich media to your Experience and Education sections. As mentioned above, less is more:
- I limit rich media under any job or degree to 1 item.
- Doing so ensures that it displays well — more than 1 results in a cluttered look and zero impact.
Jennifer Chenoweth has a quick, “how-to” video on the mechanics of using rich media here:
3. The Honors & Awards Section
Your profile also has an Honors & Awards section. Use rich media as described above for your most impressive honors and awards. Then, use this section for other recent accolades. I like to keep awards fresh (no more than 3 or 4 years back). Anything older, and you might look like you’re living on past glories.
4. Add Awards & Honors as Accomplishment Bullets
You can also present awards and honors as accomplishment statements in narrative text. Here’s a sample accomplishment statement: Recognized as a Gartner Magic Quadrant Data Integration Tools Leader 2019 through 2021.
Take advantage of the opportunities LinkedIn provides to share your honors and awards. They help you differentiate yourself.
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- Published articles
- Magazine profiles
- Speeches or keynote addresses
- Being a member of a panel or moderator
- Special projects you were a part of
- Training or mentoring you gave
- Being part of a committee
- Being an employee of the month
- Any other relevant experiences
Why You Should Add Award Pictures & Videos
LinkedIn has had a native video feature since 2017 which allows users to upload videos directly to the platform. This means you can add videos and pictures to your Honors and Awards section. Adding pictures or videos to your awards gives relief from all the words on your profile and helps draw the eye of visitors. They also make this section much more noticeable and amplify the story. Many users will skip straight over this section, so this makes sure they stop and take notice. What’s more, a great photo or video of you accepting an award gives you immediate authority. It shows you’re a professional and a leader in your field, which is great for potential leads who might be researching you. So, whenever you receive an award, make a presentation, or get honored, make sure someone is snapping pictures and videos for you – it’s all great content for your LinkedIn profile. Here are some ideas of what you can upload along with the description of each award:
- A photo of you receiving an award.
- A short clip of you presenting at a conference.
- A professional photo of you holding your award.
- A photo of you next to your “employee of the month plaque”.
Make sure any pictures or videos you upload are professional and reflect your company. A photo of you with a “best drinker” award from college probably isn’t the image you want to be portrayed.
Types of Awards to Feature on LinkedIn
This all comes down to your brand, industry, and what you consider to be an accomplishment, but there are no rules here. It could be something prestigious like winning the best business award on a big stage or something small like getting a “best boss” mug from your staff. Keep in mind that a potential client might want proof of an award if it pertains to their business – so don’t exaggerate and try to have proof of anything you add to this section. You don’t have to stick to your industry either. Clients like to see versatility, so if you have awards in a sport you’re passionate about or have been recognized for your charity work or volunteer experience, add this too. It shows you’re a well-rounded person and respected by people, all of which helps in winning the trust of potential leads.
How To Add Awards & Honors on LinkedIn
If you haven’t added any awards to your profile yet, here’s how you do it:
- In the top menu, click “Profile” and “Edit Profile”.
- Click “View more” in the “Add a section to your profile” section.
- You’ll see the option to add Honors and Awards.
To add a specific award:
- Add the name and level you completed to the “Title” box.
- If the award is associated with an organization, position, or degree, add this to the “Associated with” box.
- For “Issuer”, add the name of the awarding body.
- In the “Description” box, give some details about the accomplishment, when you received it, why, and what you did to earn the honor. Don’t forget keywords to boost your LinkedIn SEO.
- Don’t forget to attach a picture or video if you have one.
Once you’re all done, click “save” and the new award will be added to your profile.
Best Examples of Honors and Awards on LinkedIn
If you’re not sure how to word your awards or accomplishments, there are some great examples on LinkedIn for inspiration.
A list of Accolades
Gary Vaynerchuck, Chairman of VaynerX and CEO of VaynerMedia, adds a list of accomplishments including a profile in the New York Times (2013) and being included in the Fortune 40 Under 40 list (2014). In both instances, he includes a short snippet of the article pieces and a link to the full article. This shows his accomplishments and positions him as a thought-leader.
Gretchen Rubin, the best-selling author, has cleverly used her awards section to add a chapter of her book. As an author, this is a great marketing tool for her book and encourages visitors to visit her site to buy the rest. She has also included a clip of one of her most popular YouTube videos to encourage more profile views. Although neither of these is technically an award, they are a great way to use this section to market and boost sign-ups and sales.
Jill Konrath has an impressive LinkedIn profile. She’s a keynote speaker, bestselling author, and B2B sales expert. In her awards and honors section, she has a lot listed. One of which is her contributions to some high-profile blogs. Having a long list of awards and accomplishments solidifies her position as a leader in the B2B sector and establishes her as a thought leader.
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