Unicode is used to encode letters, symbols, and digits with values applied to different programs and platforms as a universal character standard.
Although it is not part of the LinkedIn platform, this technique can be utilized in LinkedIn or on other social media to change from the standard plain font available.
You cannot bold, underline, or italicize text on LinkedIn, but you can with Unicode.
Before you get too excited, you might wonder if there are any downsides, and there are.
- The Unicode text may not be readable on all platforms or devices
- The Unicode text may not be readable by screen readers and therefore may affect accessibility
- The characters may break and appear one way on one device and completely different on another
- If used in an email, your communique might wind up in a spam folder
If you want to experiment, make sure you save a copy of your profile first.
Here are some links you may find useful:
- A Unicode Toy
- Cool Symbol Font Keyboard
- Lingo Jam Font Changer
- Mess Letters
- Small Text Generator
- Unicode Character Table
- or you can Google “Uniform Text Converter” and choose what you like
Highlight the Unicode text you want to use and hit Ctrl-C (Cmd-C on a Mac) and paste using Ctrl-V (Cmd-V on a Mac).
If you want to add a pop of color to your profile, you can also use emojis.
Have fun, but don’t overdo it.
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Lynne Williams is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that provides career education and networking. Lynne also writes for vista.today, montco.today, and delco.today