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Following this question, is it OK to use icons from font awesome like fa-github, fa-linkedin, fa-trophy etc. Note that these are different from emoticons.

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    Pretty much an exact duplicate of the question I linked. Perhaps the "online resume" changes that but to be honest you either have a resume or a personal/branding site. The former should follow conventional formats. The latter should follow conventional site design which includes graphics. Hybrids of the two will fail both goals. – Lilienthal Jul 28 '16 at 10:18
  • Why don't you turn that comment into an answer @Lilienthal(possibly before this gets closed)? – azam Jul 28 '16 at 11:19
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    @azam Because that doesn't answer your question, the answers on the linked question do that. My comment would be (part of) an answer to "How does an online resume differ from a normal one?". – Lilienthal Jul 28 '16 at 11:56
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Your resume should look professional.

What this means may be somewhat domain-specific. For example, some people argue that graphic designers should use graphic design in their resumes (example). This would clearly allow icons (and much more). But this is disputed, with others arguing against (example).

At least for most fields, though, a conservative approach is advised. Don't deviate too far from the standard. Make sure your resume is a clean, clear presentation of the key information.

Overall, my take (as someone who does a fair amount of hiring for research/software development):

I see no problem with including icons as long as they are tasteful and fairly subtle.

Emoticons are inherently unprofessional/informal, but the same doesn't necessarily apply to icons.

They might even help set your resume apart, as part of an overall good design. But make sure they actually contribute to the document. Don't add them just for the sake of doing something "different".

For example, I think something like this could work quite well:

🎓 Education

Touque University, BS in headwear science

💼 Work experience

Professional briefcase carrier, 2012 - present

Using unicode icons here, they might not show up for everybody.

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