10 Key Facts About LinkedIn Search - InformationWeek
IT Leadership // Team Building & Staffing
12:07 PM
Connect Directly

10 Key Facts About LinkedIn Search

LinkedIn improves its search capabilities to make it easier and faster to find people, companies and jobs on the professional social network.

8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
8 LinkedIn Etiquette Mistakes
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
Whether you are looking for a new job, a new employee, or someone – anyone -- who can help you figure out how big data fits into social networking wrapped around analytics, search is a key function on LinkedIn. The professional social network this week announced changes to its search capabilities targeted at streamlining and relevancy.

There were 5.7 billion professionally oriented searches on LinkedIn last year, according to LinkedIn product manager Johnathan Podemsky in a blog post announcing the improvements. "Today, search on LinkedIn is getting even smarter and more streamlined," he wrote.

These improvements are among several that LinkedIn has made recently to its platform, including an update to LinkedIn Jobs.

[ Should you "endorse" LinkedIn colleagues? Read LinkedIn Endorsements: Do's And Don'ts. ]

Here are 10 things you should know about LinkedIn Search.

1. Unified Search.

Probably the most important thing about the new LinkedIn search is that the tool is now conveniently unified. Before, you had to search separately on people, companies or jobs. Now you can type what you are looking for in the search field and results will be pulled from across LinkedIn people, jobs, groups and companies.

2. Auto-Complete Added.

As you type in your search terms, LinkedIn search will predict what you are looking for and autocomplete your term.

3. Suggested Terms As You Search.

LinkedIn now provides suggested terms as you search. This will be useful for, say, when you are searching on "editor" jobs, not realizing that the hotter term now is "content developer."

4. Smarter Query Intent Algorithm.

According to LinkedIn, the more you search, the better and more relevant search results will get.

5. Better Advanced Searches.

LinkedIn's new advanced search capabilities make it easier to expand your search by using filters, such as company or location.

6. No Mobile Support.

LinkedIn's new search capabilities won't be crossing over to the mobile app, unfortunately.

7. Within LinkedIn's Walls.

LinkedIn's new search might be expanded -- but not so far to include the Web at large.

8. Saved Searches.

Now you can save your searches, saving time and resources when, say, looking for new jobs or new employees.

9. Automated Alerts.

You can set up your saved searches so that LinkedIn will alert you when results change.

10. Searches More Like Facebook, Google.

Although LinkedIn's new search capabilities do not extend beyond LinkedIn's virtual four walls, they do increase its ability to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook, especially with Facebook's new Graph Search features.

LinkedIn's new search capabilities will start rolling out to members in the next few weeks. Do they sound useful? Let us know in the comments section below.

Follow Deb Donston-Miller on Twitter at @debdonston.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Melanie Rodier
Melanie Rodier,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/28/2013 | 2:29:39 PM
re: 10 Key Facts About LinkedIn Search
The new search functions sound great, and it's a good thing they won't include the Web at large. I don't that is necessary, there are obviously other search engines and places for that. But I agree that it's a shame these search functions won't be available on mobile devices. Though perhaps that will come in a future update?
Cara Latham
Cara Latham,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/27/2013 | 3:02:32 PM
re: 10 Key Facts About LinkedIn Search
It's unfortunate that LinkedIn did not have the foresight to enable mobility features with its updates. I would imagine most people would be using LinkedIn from their mobile devices, as most of our population is increasingly mobile, and soon, LinkedIn will have to accommodate those users.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of IT Report
In today's technology-driven world, "innovation" has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line -- yet often without any increase to the IT budget. How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control? Download our report to learn about the biggest challenges and how savvy IT executives are overcoming them.
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll