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Should I Use Emojis on LinkedIn?

Do emojis have a place on LinkedIn? 🤔 The short answer is: yes, of course, they do! However, if all you wanted was the short answer then you probably would not have clicked on this article. 

Like anything, too much of something will eventually become either overwhelming, annoying or boring. So, the question you should be asking isn’t ‘should I use emojis on LinkedIn?’ The question should be ‘when should I use emojis on LinkedIn?’

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When to Use Emojis on LinkedIn ✅

There are two reasons why you have decided to continue reading this article. 1) You genuinely want to know when emojis are appropriate to use on LinkedIn. 2) You believe emojis have no place on a professional platform and are curious to find out my reasons. Whichever type of person you are, there are probably some things you did not know about emojis and why they can be extremely beneficial even on LinkedIn.

Social media is the number one place where tone and intent can be grossly misinterpreted. That is because, no matter how hard you try to get your voice across, most people will read a post however they want to interpret it. This means that if they have had a bad day or this is the first time they have come across one of your posts, there is a chance they will dismiss your post as something uninteresting to them. 

This is where emojis will sweep in to save the day. Even just using a smiley face emoji can make you appear friendlier and add a lighter tone to your post. Not only this but the use of emojis can show people that you are an approachable person which will make them more likely to engage with your posts. Using a 🕿 or 👇 is also a way to quickly direct someone to contact information and make them less likely to glance over and ignore it.

Research has also shown that visuals make it much easier for people to retain information. For example, using emojis like ✔or 🌟 on posts promoting your experience boosts people’s feelings and make them more likely to remember what they have read. However, the biggest reason most people will use emojis is that, on platforms where people can fall prey to mindless scrolling, it increases the chances of someone stopping on your post above all others.

Using Emojis To Direct The Eye

If you want people to know there is more going on below, or to follow a link you can use the arrows and hand emojis to direct people to the right place. It may seem simple and you may write follow this page, an added visual aid will help people understand where they need to look next. You’ll see a lot of posts on LinkedIn use emojis as bullet points in their lists as a more “fun” way to display information. But, you need to keep those emojis relevant and don’t be tone-deaf. If you’re talking about a serious topic you don’t want to cheapen the mood with the wrong emojis.

When NOT to Use Emojis on LinkedIn ❌

The simplest way to explain how NOT to use emojis on Linkedin is that context is key. You need to be able to read the virtual room. Whilst overusing emojis is a big 👎, there are some situations where they will not be appropriate to use at all.

Even if you are someone who is happy and comfortable using emojis on LinkedIn, there are some people who will not be a fan of them at all. So, when it comes to important corporate posts, it might be best to do away with them altogether. Emojis that do not fit into the context of a post will come across as unprofessional and are more likely to have people skipping over your posts than lingering on them. Save them for posts promoting a new product or service or posts you are sharing specifically to create engagement with your audience.

When it comes to your audience, once you have been posting on LinkedIn for a while, you will get to know what people do and do not respond to. If you notice that posts containing emojis are receiving fewer views then there is a chance your audience is just not a fan of them. There is a stigma attached to using emojis on LinkedIn (this article would not exist otherwise). So, there are some connections who might believe they are unprofessional and judge your posts for using them. It all depends on the type of audience you are trying to connect with.

If you just want to push out sales posts then you might have no use for emojis. However, LinkedIn is all about building better and more personalised sales relationships. This means that you want your posts to have your unique tone of voice, and personality and to be more than just flat words on a screen. Emojis are a brilliant way to do this but never let them take over your post and leave people feeling confused.

Should you have Emojis in your LinkedIn Headline?

the short answer here is no. Your headline is used by LinkedIn to do more than showcase who you are and what you do. It also categorises it for search. By adding emojis to your LinkedIn headline the search bar will find it harder to place your profile in front of people searching for you. Some use it to stand out in the comment sections, which it might, but you’ll be foregoing search potential at the same time. So you’ll have to ask yourself if the trade-off is worth it.

Know your emojis

😂Laughing Tears of JoyLaughing
🤣Rolling on the Floor LaughingUncontrollable laughter
👍Thumbs Up SignLike, well done, I agree, I support
😭Loudly Crying FaceVery Sad / Emotional
🙏Person with Folded HandsPlease, Pray or a high-five
😘Face Throwing a KissFlirting, or general expression of love
🥰Smiling Face with HeartsFeeling the love
😍Smiling Face with Heart-EyesLove or in Love
😊Smiling Face with Smiling EyesWholesome, happy
🎉Party PopperCelebration or congratulations
😁Grinning Face with Smiling EyesVery pleased, happiness
💕Two HeartsLove is in the air
🥺Pleading FaceAdoration, bashful, or pleading
😅Smiling Face with Open Mouth and Cold SweatSlightly Embarressed
🔥FireLit, Awesome
☺️Smiling FaceHappy or positive
🤦Face PalmFrustrated or dumbfounded
♥️Heart SuitLove
🤷ShrugDon’t know
🙄Face With Rolling EyesRolls eyes, sarcastic
😆Smiling Face with Open Mouth and Tightly-Closed EyesLaughing
🤗Hugging FaceHugging
😉Winking FaceJoking, or flirting
🎂Birthday CakeCelebration
🤔Thinking FaceThinking, pondering
👏Clapping Hands SignRound of applause
🙂Slightly Smiling FaceHappy, but often used ironically
😳Flushed FaceEmbarrassed, surprised, or flattered
🥳Partying FaceCelebration or joy
😎Smiling Face with SunglassesCool or confident
👌OK Hand SignOkay or correct
💜Purple HeartLove
😔Pensive FaceSad or sorry
💪Flexed BicepsTough, Strength or fitness
SparklesPositive, happy, or celebration
💖Sparkling Heart100 per cent approval
👀EyesCheck it out, sometimes flirtatious
😋Face Savoring Delicious FoodCheeky, poking fun, or enjoying food
😏Smirking FaceMischievous or flirting
😢Crying FaceUpset or in pain
👉Backhand Index Pointing RightPointing to the right
💗Growing HeartLove or increasing affection
😩Weary FaceDistressed, drained, or deep enjoyment
💯Hundred Points Symbol100 percent approval
🌹RoseRomance or to be used on a special occasion
💞Revolving HeartsA whirlwind of love
🎈BalloonCelebration or congratulations
💙Blue HeartLove
😃Open Mouth SmileHappiness
😡Red Angry FaceAnnoyed or angry
💐BouquetAppreciation or happiness
😜Face with Stuck-Out Tongue and Winking EyeFun, joking, or cheeky
🙈See-No-Evil MonkeyCheeky, Oh No
🤞Crossed FingersWishing luck
😄Smiling Face with Open Mouth and Smiling EyesGreat happiness
🤤Drooling FaceDesiring something or delirious
🙌Person Raising Both Hands in CelebrationCelebrating with hands in the air
🤪Zany FaceSilly, fun, or goofy
❣️Heavy Heart Exclamation Mark OrnamentEmphasized love
😀Grinning FaceElevated happiness
💋Kiss MarkA seductive kiss
💀SkullDeath or an extreme reaction to something
👇Backhand Index Pointing DownPointing down
💔Broken HeartGrief, sad, heartbreak
😌Relieved FaceContent or calm
💓Beating HeartLove
🤩Grinning Face with Star EyesAmazed, impressed, or excited
🙃Upside Down FaceSilliness, often used for irony or sarcasm
😬Grimacing FaceTense, nervous, or awkward
😱Face Screaming in FearShocked or scared
😴Sleeping FaceTired or bored
🤭Face with Hand Over MouthLaughter or cheekiness
😐Neutral FaceNeutral, irritated, or unamused
🌞Sun with FaceRadiant, happy, or positive
😒Unamused FaceAnnoyed, skeptic, or irritated
😇Smiling Face with HaloAngelic or innocent
🌸Cherry BlossomLove or to be used on a special occasion
😈Smiling Face With HornsCheeky, naughty, or mischief
🎶Multiple Musical NotesThree eighth notes, for singing or music
✌️Victory HandPeace or success
🎊Confetti BallCelebration or congratulations
🥵Hot FaceOverheating or flirty
😞Disappointed FaceDisappointed, upset, or remorse
💚Green HeartLove
☀️SunSunny, warm, or hot
🖤Black HeartLove or sorrow
💰Money BagMoney or wealth
😚Kissing Face With Closed EyesPuckering for a kiss
👑CrownRoyalty, success, or praise
🎁Wrapped GiftCelebration or surprise
💥CollisionExplosion, surprise, or excitement
🙋Happy Person Raising One HandWaving or asking a question
☹️Frowning FaceSad, concerned, or disappointed
😑Expressionless FaceBored, indifferent, or pausing to collect thoughts
🥴Woozy FaceDrunk, dazed, or confused
👈Backhand Index Pointing LeftPointing to the left
💩Pile of PooPoo, bad, or silliness
Check Mark ButtonApproval or verification

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