If you’re looking for the latest information on character limits for LinkedIn, look no further.
The information here is correct at the time of writing (always subject to change) and character limits are listed unless minimum is indicated:
- First Name: 20
- Last Name: 40
- Professional Headline (Desktop): 220
- Professional Headline (Mobile): 240
- About section, previously called professional summary: 2,600
- Interests: 1,000
- Vanity URL (the personalization of your LinkedIn address): 5–30, after “www.linkedin.com/in/”
- Website URL: 256—this is your website address outside LinkedIn
- Skills: 50 skills with 80 characters per skill
- Position Title: 100
- Position Description: 200 characters minimum, 2,000 characters maximum
- Profile Publication Title: 255
- Profile Publication Description: 2,000
- Recommendation: 3,000
- Additional Info/Advice for Contacting: 2,000
- Phone number: 25
- Instant Message: 25
- Address: 1,000
- Probably the biggest change, is to LinkedIn status updates. A status update is the post you write on LinkedIn. It is now 3,000 characters; with the first 200 characters visible and the rest hidden until you click the see more button. Previously it was only 700 characters, so you can now say significantly more.
Creating text with these limits in mind will save you time later, I promise. You can also use this text for other social media platforms. For example, my professional headline on LinkedIn is used for Twitter.
I always advise my clients to create a LinkedIn folder and suggest they save everything there. It makes it easy to update, especially if you write with the above numbers in mind, and it will stop the loss of content some experience when attempting to update directly on LinkedIn. Save yourself the headache.
For all the latest information on LinkedIn, check out the LinkedIn help page.
Hope this is useful.
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