Add Special Bullet Point Pizzazz to Your LinkedIn Profile

by Meg Guiseppi on April 14, 2014

 

LinkedIn Profile Pizzazz

Want to use jazzier bullet points in your LinkedIn profile than the typical asterisk (*)?

It seems that LinkedIn only allows you to use the basic characters that are on your keyboard.

But you can try adding some pizzazz to your LinkedIn personal brand with special characters like these:

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You may be able to use such special characters when you create your profile in a Word document, and then copy and paste it into your LinkedIn profile. They may work, but it’s been my experience that they translate as question marks (?) or other unwanted characters.

There’s a workaround.

Copying special characters from someone else’s LinkedIn profile and pasting them into your own does work. At least it has for me.

Go to my LinkedIn profile, and you’ll find the special characters I noted above, in various locations. Feel free to copy and paste them into your own profile:

I can’t guarantee that this technique will work for you. If not, beyond an asterisk, you can use the following symbols on your keyboard for special bullet points:

  • Tilde ( ~ )
  • Dashes with arrow ( —-> )
  • Two dashes together ( — )
  • Backward and forward arrow ( <> )
  • Dash before and after a backward and forward arrow ( – <> – )

More about LinkedIn and personal branding:

Personal Branding: How to Brand Your LinkedIn Summary Section

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The 3 Most Important LinkedIn Profile SEO Places for Relevant Keywords

LinkedIn Groups and Personal Branding: Showcase Your Subject Matter Expertise

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Meg Guiseppi March 18, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Susan, I hope my post will be helpful. Thank you for commenting!

2 Susan Romeo March 18, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Planning to give my profile a spring makeover. This article was a good start.
Thank you,
Susan

3 Meg Guiseppi March 10, 2015 at 6:54 am

Thanks for the great tip, Charlie!

4 Charlie March 9, 2015 at 6:36 pm

On Windows if you press the Windows Key and then type charmap you can select (and even search) for all the characters in various fonts. From there you can copy and paste into the LinkedIn edit window.

5 Greg Johnson April 15, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Let me know how it goes.

6 Meg Guiseppi April 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Greg, it’s great that these symbols are working for you. I’ll give it a try myself!

7 Greg Johnson April 15, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Meg,

I think you are absolutely right, that you need to first paste into word, then copy and paste into the LinkedIn edit box. I have not had the symbols turn into question marks yet.

8 Meg Guiseppi April 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

Greg, many thanks for taking the time to provide all these symbols!

When I’ve tried to add such symbols by copying and pasting from a Word doc, I haven’t always been successful. As noted in the post, they come up on LinkedIn as question marks (?).

I think people reading this post should give some of these symbols a try. First copy and paste them into a Word doc, and then copy and paste them into your LinkedIn profile.

I’m hoping this will work!

9 Greg Johnson April 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

Great information Meg! There are many symbols you can copy and past from a word document that I have listed below.

Here are some symbols that work great as bullets:
Stars:
★ ✪ ✯ ✰
Arrows:
☛ ☚ ☜ ☝ ☞ ☟ ⇨ ► ◄ ► »
Traditional bullets:
■ ♦ ◆ ●
Ticks:
✔ ✘ ☐ ☑ ☒
But wait, there’s more! You can include symbols as visual clues.
Email:
✉ ✍ ✎ ✏ ✑ ⌨
Phone:
✆ ☎ ☏
Creating Horizontal Lines in your LinkedIn Profile
You can even create horizontal lines by repeating the symbol:
☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲☲
▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄▀▄
▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░▓▒░

Hands ☚ ☛ ☜ ☝ ☞ ☟
Music ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯
Arrows ← ↑ → ↓ ↔ ↕ ↖ ↗ ↘ ↙ ⇐ ⇑ ⇒ ⇓ ⇔ ⇕ ⇦ ⇧ ⇨ ⇩ ⇽ ⇾ ⇿
Stars ✡ ۞ ★ ☆ ⋆ ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰ ☆
Writing ✉ ✍ ✎ ✏ ✐ ✑ ✒ ⌨
Check ✓ ✔ ☐ ☑ ☒
Smilies ☺ ☹ ☻
Zodiac Signs ♃ ♄ ♅ ♆ ♇ ♈ ♉ ♊ ♋ ♌ ♍ ♎ ♏ ♐ ♑ ♒ ♓
Cards & chess ♔ ♕ ♖ ♗ ♘ ♙ ♚ ♛ ♜ ♝ ♞ ♟ ♠ ♡ ♢ ♣ ♤ ♥ ♦ ♧
Contact! (phone / email) ✆ ☎ ☏ /

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