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LinkedIn Bullet List and Special Characters

LinkedIn provides a good standard format to present your profile, but doesn't provide the ability to format your text.  This helps keep the content to the point, and easy to read.  So what about a profile that goes beyond a basic summary of the position, to list key accomplishments? 

Try pasting one of these bullet characters ♦●○•◦■□▪▫►✓✔⑴⑵⑶ ①②③ into the LinkedIn Edit window instead of using characters (-, o) for bullets.  Take a look at my Linked In profile, and you'll see a list of accomplishments goes from:

Created Functional Requirements (roles/goals, product benefits, wire frames, scenarios) for:
- Workflow & Decision Mgmt
- Vendor & Pgm. Mgmt (CSA & Soft Dollars, Telecom. Pgms)
- Large Scale Reconciliation (Trade, Position, Cash, Service Invoice/Bill)

To:

Created Functional Requirements (roles/goals, product benefits, wire frames, scenarios) for:
Workflow & Decision Mgmt
Vendor & Pgm. Mgmt (CSA & Soft Dollars, Telecom. Pgms)
Large Scale Reconciliation (Trade, Position, Cash, Service Invoice/Bill)

LinkedIn may eventually offer a Web-based word processor, much like the ones that WIKI and Web sites (such as this free Google site) now offer.  That would enable basic formatting, such as inserting links, bullets with hanging indents, and simple tables.  Until then, this method of inserting special characters at least provides some simple formatting improvements for lists of accomplishments.

Additional Special Characters

Here are some additional special characters you may want to use: 

©®¹²³€₤     : copyright, registered trademark, footnotes, and currency (Euro and British Pound)

☎✆✉       : phone, email


You can find additional characters in most any word processor, inserting from the list of special characters in the Arial font family.  For example, to get the hand pointing right character (☛) in OpenOffice Writer 3, open a new document, then from the menu select Insert | Special Characters...  You'll see the window shown below.  Choose the font Arial Unicode MS and the Subset of Miscellaneous Symbols.  Double-click on the special character you want to use, ☛, and it will appear in your new document.  Highlight and copy that character from your document, and paste into the LinkedIn editor.


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