LinkedIn offers a whole host of incredible and free tools that are at your disposal to help enhance your experience. However, navigating the platform and utilising all it has to offer can feel a little overwhelming to novice users, which is why we’ve compiled some useful tips to help get you started with using the searching on LinkedIn feature to its full potential.
How to search on LinkedIn
The search bar can be found at the top of any LinkedIn page that you’re viewing and it allows you to search for jobs, people, companies, posts and much more. You can click any of the suggestions that appear in the drop-down list as you start searching. Alternatively, you can always submit your search to see the full results.
To start your search on LinkedIn you use the bar at the top of the page and enter your keyword(s). The type feature then prompts you with predicted related searched terms, which can help.
From the dropdown that appears you’ll be able to select an option from the suggestions and you’ll be redirected to your selection. You can see more results by clicking the search icon and can then run the search. Alternatively, you can click ‘see all results’ at the bottom of the dropdown and you’ll be redirected to a search results page.
From the top of the search results page, you can filter your search by category, which can be done by clicking any of these tabs:
- Companies – including Pages for organizations, businesses, etc.
It’s important to note that the most frequently used search filters are located at the top of your search results page and you can find additional search filters in the all filters section.
How do you search anonymously on LinkedIn?
Sometimes when searching LinkedIn you want the benefit of your account remaining undisclosed, whether that’s to avoid alerting your sleuthing to your competitors or you just want to search without constraint you can find out how to change your privacy settings in our article here.
When you view a profile in private mode, you’ll appear in that person’s Who’s Viewed Your Profile section as LinkedIn Member – This person is viewing profiles in private mode. No other information about you will be shared with the member whose profile you viewed.
How do I refine the search on LinkedIn?
On LinkedIn, you can specify query terms for specific fields and you can access advanced searching by clicking the link next to the search bar on the header of the LinkedIn website.
By using the advanced search feature you can specify keywords, this could be for a position in a certain field. You can even specify the ‘current position only’ check box, which will give you a refined search that will only return those who have the keyword or workplace in their current role.
You can find many of the advanced search tools by simply clicking ‘Refine Search’ on any LinkedIn search results page.
It’s important to remember that these new practices can take time, sometimes it’s a case of trial and error but you’ll soon be surprised by how quickly it can alter your LinkedIn experience for the better.