Whether you're looking for a new job or are hoping to expand your professional network, a LinkedIn profile can be a helpful tool. But due to the standard layout and look of these accounts, it can be hard to make your profile stand out. As a place where many people might get their first impression of you, some extra effort on your part is necessary to make your profile look good.
Using special characters in your profile can add an artistic flavor to your profile, making it stand out against others.
They're great for creating your own bullet lists, creating horizontal lines, or providing visual cues for important information, such as a phone number.
However, there is a right and wrong way to use them. You shouldn't go overboard with special characters since it would make your page look unprofessional and more like a text message. Instead, use special characters sparingly and with a purpose.
Though you can add special characters from your keyboard using special shortcuts, it's easier to use a guide, such as the ones from Brynne Tillman's or Peter Shinen's great lists, where you can easily copy and paste the characters you want. To copy your special character, simply highlight it using your mouse, then hold CTRL + C (for PC users) or Command + C for (Mac users). You'll then be able to paste the character in any of the text fields on your LinkedIn profile.
Some characters we recommend include:
- Circled numbers or letters to create a list or make headings stand out.
- Special character bullet points (such as triangles, arrows, check marks or stars) to add a creative and organized list.
- Contact icons, such as a phone or letter to encourage people to contact you.
- Simple lines or a string of icons to help break up text and add borders.
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