Job search research just got a whole lot easier with these LinkedIn search tips.

Karen Hollenbach, LinkedIn Specialist and Career Money Life Certified Supplier, shares her secrets on LinkedIn Research. 

There are a number of searches you can run on LinkedIn, and this will look different depending on when you receive the desktop update, which is being rolled out as we speak. The main change with the new update (in terms of advanced searches) are that a number of premium search filters will be removed, including Years of experience,  Groups,  Function, Seniority Level, Interested In, Company Size and When Joined.

Pre-December Desktop Search Version

If your desktop screen looks like this, then you are yet to receive the desktop update.

December 2016 Desktop Update Search Version

This is how the search box looks in the updated version. If you would like to view LinkedIn’s preview of this update, please watch this video update from LinkedIn from 17:20.

It is my hope with the new version that the search feature will become even simpler and more intuitive, with Jobs more prominently listed and the filters / search functions available as prompts for you in the search boxes when you click on the Jobs icon.

Conducting Searches

Here are some ways to conduct searches on LinkedIn with the current version. You can run basic searches – for People, Companies and Jobs.

Finding jobs:

  1. Click the  List icon on the left side of the search box and select Jobs.
  2. Type in your search criteria in the search box. For example: “Accounting San Diego”.
  3. After submitting a search, you can narrow down the results by applying filters such as company name.

 Finding a specific person:

  1. Click the List icon on the left side of the search box and select People.If you know the first and last name, type it into the search box. For example: Karen Hollenbach.
  2. You can also include keywords such as location or job title. For example: “Karen Hollenbach LinkedIn Specialist” or “Karen Hollenbach LinkedIn Specialist, Melbourne”.
  3. If you don’t know their full name, enter other information that you know about them. For example: “LinkedIn Specialist, Melbourne, Think Bespoke”.
  4. To search for multiple people, type your search criteria into the search box. For example: “specialist consultant Melbourne LinkedIn”.
  5. After submitting a search, you can narrow down results by applying filters, such as school attended.

Finding a specific company or multiple companies:

  1. Click the List icon on the left side of the search box and select Companies.If you know the company’s name, type it into the search box. For example: “Hostess Brands”.
  2. If you don’t know the name, enter a partial name and/or characteristics of the company that may be associated with the Company Page. For example: “Hostess” or “Australia Post, Melbourne”.
  3. To search for multiple companies, type your search criteria into the search box. For example: “Postal services Australia”.

Boolean Searches – Advanced Search Operators & Boolean Logic

Until we have the new desktop version, we can not test if the Boolean Searches can still be conducted. However if you still have the current version, here are some of the ways you can construct your searches:

  • Quoted searches – For an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in quotation marks. For example: type “sales manager”.
  • LinkedIn search only supports standard quotation marks. Other software or websites may use special symbols that LinkedIn does not recognize.
  • In order to optimise overall site performance, stop words such as “by”, “in”, “with” etc. aren’t used.
  • NOT searches – To exclude a particular term, type that term with an uppercase NOT immediately before it. For example, type “programmer NOT manager”.
  • OR searches – To see results that include one or more terms in a list, separate the terms with an uppercase OR. For example, type “marketing OR sales”.
  • AND searches – To get results that include two or more terms in a list, you can use the uppercase word AND as a separator. For example, type “manager AND director”. Note: You don’t need to use AND. If you search 2 or more terms, you’ll automatically see results that include all of them.
  • Parenthetical searches – To do a complex search, you can combine terms using parentheses. For example, to find people who have “CEO” in their profiles, or have both director AND division in their profiles, type “CEO OR (director AND division)”.

When handling searches, the overall order to precedence is:

  • Quotes [“”]
  • Parentheses [()]
  • NOT
  • AND
  • OR

Please Note:

  • The “+” and “-” operators aren’t officially supported by LinkedIn. Using AND in place of “+” and NOT in place of “-” makes a query much easier to read and guarantees that we’ll handle the search correctly.
  • When using NOT, AND or OR operators, you must type them in uppercase letters.
  • LinkedIn does not support wildcard searches.

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