Bling Bling for your LinkedIn Profile

November 5th, 2008 | by Jason Alba |

I’ve seen some symbols on LinkedIn Profiles but hadn’t a clue how it works.  Now I know.

I’ve know Lisa Hendrickson for a while, I can’t remember if we met when I was in Minnesota or what, but when I saw her LinkedIn Profile with symbols I had to ask HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

Now, I’m not advocating everyone should add this bling to their LinkedIn Profile, as it may be off-brand for many, but if YOU want to make your LinkedIn Profile just a little more snazzy, check this out (from her post at Call That Girl):

I’ve had a few folks ask me how I got the “stars” in my title and profile. To be honest, I saw the stars on someone else’s profile and copy and pasted into mine. I like having a bit of Rock Star on my profile as I’m a networking goddess and deserve to wear that tiara online! right? ★

Here is a list of fun ones to add some “flair” to your profile. If you would like to try others, feel free to test from the symbols area of Microsoft Word or HTML characters. If you have any more questions, feel free to email me at


Lisa Hendrickson

It works for Lisa, as this is part of her brand… and now YOU know how to do it (just copy and paste any of the above symbols to your LinkedIn Profile – it works on Twitter also).

The question is, is it the right thing to do for your Profile?  Only you can answer that :)

  1. 8 Responses to “Bling Bling for your LinkedIn Profile”

  2. By Nancy B on Nov 5, 2008 | Reply

    BUT… when you export this ‘bling’ and try and import your contacts into other tools, or use the information with some mail merge programs, the values don’t translate. They end up as little open squares or small ‘list’ circles.

    They may be part of the brand in that format for that purpose, but to me it’s an additional step to reuse the informaiton.

  3. By RecruiterGuy on Nov 5, 2008 | Reply

    These are another step towards taking away the effectiveness and ‘grown up’ feel of LinkedIn. In short… Moving more towards MySpace.

    LinkedIn – Suit/Tie networking
    Facebook – Khaki/Dockers networking
    MySpace – Cutoffs/Sandals (shirt optional) networking

    In my opinion the symbols serve no additional purpose other than grab some quick attention – but I believe the attention remains on the symbols and not the profile content. I could be wrong here and would love someone to clarify for me if so. :-)

    Additionally, import/export becomes a pain. I wouldn’t blame anyone for using these little gems… but I’d question the reasoning if anything other than, “Hey, look what I can do.”

    Just my $0.02.

  4. By Lisa Hendrickson on Nov 6, 2008 | Reply

    Check out my profile (…you’ll see 100% content and the stars…yep, are attention grabbing. No, they are not for every person as Jason stated, but for someone who is starting up a business it has helped me gain attention in a small way. And kinda shows off my personality, that matches my branding too. I have to say it’s the best professional online networking tool I’ve used, but it doesn’t need to be so stuffy either.

    As for the exporting of the bling, when you do an export of your contacts, the bling doesn’t show up, just the email and contact info. Mine didn’t export the bling anyway.

  5. By Paul Zagoridis on Nov 25, 2008 | Reply

    They certainly add bling, and if you wish to restrict your connections to only use the LinkedIn platform then by all means use bullets everywhere.

    The problem occurs when people put bullets in their name and company fields. Many erroneously think this makes them stand out in searches. It makes them look like amateurs.

    Lisa Hendrickson uses bullets to good effect in her headline and summary. When exporting from LinkedIn those fields do not get exported by LinkedIn tools.

    The problem occurs when people put them in company or name fields. Anybody importing the data should specify UTF-8 encoding. That way non-english names will also import correctly (e.g. Hispanic names with accents).

    People should put only their names in the name fields: firstly to appear professional, but more importantly to develop connections with new people. Grow some connections outside and beyond LinkedIn make it easy on their address book.

    I’m the 10th most connected person in Australia and an open networker, so feel free to send me an invitation via my LinkedIn profile. Jason if that’s too spammy please delete this last paragraph or the whole comment.

  6. By Chris Carpinello on Nov 28, 2008 | Reply

    I’ve updated my LinkedIn profile with these symbols to effectively draw attention to list items. It’s a great way to make them pop, preventing the dreaded “wall of text” syndrome I see all too often in profiles.

  7. By Lisa Hendrickson on May 28, 2009 | Reply

    Looks great Chris! I love the bling!

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