How to Make the Most of the New LinkedIn Search
January 19, 2017
Today we announced that we’re rolling out a desktop redesign to all LinkedIn members. In this redesign, you now have one single search box at the top of every LinkedIn page to find People, Jobs, Companies, Groups and Schools. Searching for Posts will also be coming soon. Messaging:
To help you easily find what you need using LinkedIn search, here are a few tips:
If you want to do a more detailed search for a specific person on LinkedIn:
Type his or her name into the search box. You can select from the suggestions in the dropdown list or;
Hit enter to go to the search results page, click the People filter at the top to see only people results. You can narrow your search by using the filter options on the right hand side, such as location, company, past company, industry and school.
- From the search results page, select a member's name to view his or her profile. Here you can message them, connect with them or follow them for future interactions.
If you want to search and add an alert for a job function, university or company:
Type a job function or company into the search box. You can select from the suggestions in the dropdown list or;
Hit enter to go to the search results page you can narrow down your search results by clicking the Jobs search filter and using the filter options on the right hand side, such as location, company.
If you want to set up a search alert for example for a specific job title or company you can do so. Once you’ve put in your search, click on Create search alert, and set up to receive via email or text when new job openings are listed.
For the power search members out there, we've added a set of five search operators to help you narrow down your search results directly from the search box:
firstname: Finds members based on first name
lastname: Finds members based on last name
title: Finds members based on their current title
company: Finds members based on their current company (keyword search)
school: Finds members based on schools attended (keyword search)
Search operators complement the filters on the right-hand side of the results page and the AND, OR and NOT boolean operators.
Here’s a quick example: to search for current software engineers not named Doe, who have attended either Harvard University or Stanford University, try: title:"software engineer" NOT lastname:doe school:(harvard OR stanford)
When using search operators, remember to use quotes for multi-word search terms, and parentheses for AND, OR and NOT phrases.
We’ll continue to invest in search relevance and query understanding to bring you the best results. If you have any questions on LinkedIn search, check out our Help Center.
UPDATE: February 27, 2017:
Since rolling out our redesign we’ve listened to member feedback, and we’re gradually rolling back in search features that you care about. This includes:
Text fields for keyword searches: Refine your search by first name, last name, title (current), company (current) and/or school using text fields on the Top and People pages. Like our search operators, these fields support the AND, OR and NOT boolean operators.
Sticky filters: When you select filters for your search they will remain in place for future searches until you deselect them using the Clear all button at the top of the filter list.
Saved Searches (also known as search alerts): Save and reuse your favorite searches.
Search by Posts: You can now search for posts using the search box.
Speed: We're taking our first steps towards a dramatically faster search experience.
Coming soon will be additional updates, like the ability to search by more granular location targeting. Read more here.