Linkedin Character Limits

LinkedIn Character Counts

This post was updated on September 30, 2015

LinkedIn Profile Character Limits

When filling out your LinkedIn profile, it’s important to know how much room you have to fill in. LinkedIn tells you when you have hit your character limit but until you get to that point, how do you know how far you have to write? Each field is different and has it’s own limits. It’s important to note that LinkedIn counts characters… NOT WORDS. So when they say character they mean each letter, space, or punctuation mark… NOT WORDS!

Here are the maximum characters each field of the LinkedIn profile supports:

Character Counts for Each Field in the LinkedIn Profile.

Search Result Listing

First Name: 20

Last Name: 40

Headline: 120


Summary: 2,000


Company Name: 100

Title: 100

Description: 2,000

Skills & Endorsements

Skill: 80

Additional Information

Interests: 1,000

Advice for Contacting: 2,000

Honors & Awards

Title: 255

Issuer: 255

Description: 2,000


Organization: 255

Positions Held: 255

Addtl Notes: 2,000


Organization: 100

Role: 100

Description: 2,000


Project: 255

Project URL: 255

Description: 2,000


Publication: 255

Publication URL: 255

Description: 2,000

Test Scores

Name: 255

Score: 20

Description: 2,000


Course Name: 100

Number: 25


Degree: 100

Field of Study: 100

Grade: 80

Activities/Societies: 500

Description: 1,000

How Long Should My LinkedIn Profile Be?

I absolutely recommend using up as much space as possible. Fill in the fields. Of course, on the other hand, I do not suggest you fill stuff in just to fill it in. Be smart about it. If you have something to say, say it. Be genuine and honest. Don’t go overboard just to go overboard. Remember, it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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  2. Hi Donna,

    I’m really curious about why some experts (including you) are saying “use up as much space as possible”. This seems to fly in the face of the usual emphasis on brevity in writing for the web, or in writing a resume. Why do you think length is good for LinkedIn?

    If you could reply offline, I’d prefer that – thank you so much!

  3. I recently realized that Hootsuite truncates all scheduled Linked In posts to 140 characters, even though you can post more than that on Linked In directly. Do you know of a tool that allows you to schedule posts to Linked In without truncating?

    Thank you in advance,

  4. I was able to post more characters through LinkedIn sharing, however mostly about(95%) of my sharing throws the error when the content goes more than 140 characters.

    Can some one check on this and let me know the details.


  5. Brilliant, I asked the question on google – how many words in a company profile for LinkedIn? And up this article popped. Exactly the information I needed and just wanted to say thanks for putting it together xxx

  6. Hi there
    My ‘recommender’ wants to plan ahead before getting to the Linked In field and finding there isn’t space — what is the word count allotment for a recommendation?

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