How to use the new LinkedIn Search experience

Microsoft today announced that they are rolling out a desktop redesign to all LinkedIn members. The significant part of the redesign is the search experience. There is a single search box at the top of every LinkedIn page to find People, Jobs, Companies, Groups and Schools. LinkedIn is also planning to enable search for Posts soon. LinkedIn today detailed the new search experience that is rolling out today, read about it below.

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.

They have also 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)

An example on how to use these operators,

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.

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