Relationships across Companies matter

March 3, 2009

"Relationships Matter" has been a LinkedIn mantra since our founding but that philosophy has gained relevance in today's economic scenario. Everyone knows that a referral or introduction is the best way to get your foot in the door at your dream company. If you were hoping to find out who your common connections are at the hiring company, your wait is over. You can now unravel your line of connection with individuals working at the company while you browse LinkedIn's company profiles.

Here are two ways to do that:

1. Research companies

One of the recent features we announced is the ability to search for "Companies in your network". What this shows is a list of companies sorted by degrees of separation from you. So, being first degree connections with a company means you're connected directly to someone at the company. And, second degree means your first degree connections know someone at the company. Also to simplify your job hunt, each of those companies are listed alongside the number of job openings at the company.

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2. Research individuals at companies

Company profiles can also serve as your research dashboard on any company and is of particular significance if you've applied for a job there. For e.g. the "Current employees" tab shows you those who work at the respective company sorted by degrees away from you, yet again helping you make the right connections at those companies. And, if they are your second degree connections it shows you who your common connections are, which then allows you to ask them for a referral. More important would be the ability to find common connections with your hiring manager that you can access as you navigate the Job Search results.

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Research Companies in your network on LinkedIn

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