I am about to share one of the best LinkedIn profile tips (and best kept secrets) out there.
LinkedIn uses pure text without formatting – you can’t even bold or italicize text within profiles (without using code). So I am frequently asked:
“How did you add bullets to my profile? How can I do this myself?”
It’s very simple, and I will show you how. But first, I must state the obvious:
Less is more, don’t get carried away!
A few well-placed symbols add character and visual appeal to your profile, and help you stand out. But too many symbols quickly take you in the opposite direction and make your profile look busy and unprofessional. I recommend only using 1 or 2 symbols on your profile.
So now that I have suggested you use these symbols SPARINGLY, here is how you do it:
The fastest/easiest way to add symbols to your LinkedIn profile is to copy and paste them. I will share some popular symbols and links to even more at the end of this post.
1. Login to your LinkedIn profile. Click PROFILE > EDIT PROFILE. Navigate to the section of your profile where you want the bullet placed.
2. Highlight the symbol you want to use. You can do that right here and use the symbols in this post, use the links provided below, or search online. Most Unicode Block symbols should work.
2. Once the symbol is highlighted, COPY it. The simplest way to copy is by clicking Ctrl-C or right mouse click and choosing COPY from the mouse menu.
Your symbol is now copied and ready to be pasted/placed in your profile.
4. Paste the symbol by clicking Ctrl-V or right mouse click and choose PASTE from the mouse menu.
You’ve now placed a symbol/bullet into your LinkedIn profile! Easy, isn’t it?
Here are some popular symbols to get you started. If you want to find even more, this Wiki Page of Miscellaneous Symbols or this Wingdings Character Page is usually where I look.
★ ✪ ✯ ✰
■ ♦ ◆ ●
☛ ☚ ☜ ☞ ☟ ⇨ ► ◄ ► »
✘ ☐ ☒
✍ ✎ ✑ ⌨
So use these on your LinkedIn profile, and have fun! Just don’t get too carried away.
In the end, your LinkedIn profile needs to be concise and engaging while representing your unique value and career history. Symbols and bullets can help support and draw eyes to specific information – but they don’t override the need for quality content.
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