LinkedIn has updated its on-platform search options, reformatting the search page to make it easier to utilize the various filters available, and hone in on the results you need.
When using LinkedIn search (on desktop), you’ll notice that the search filters have now been moved to the top of the screen, with each option available via drop-down menu.
As explained by LinkedIn:
“To streamline your search experience, we’ve moved search filters to the top of the search results page. In addition, the most frequently used filters - like location, connection degree, and current companies - are displayed by default to help you narrow your search more effortlessly.”
You can also click on the ‘All Filters’ option at the far right of the drop-down listings in order to see all the options available on one screen.
LinkedIn’s also changed the layout of the search results, highlighting relevant matches from different categories.
“For example, if you search for “retail analyst,” the primary results are people who hold this job title, but we’ll also show you open job listings that you can dive into.”
They’ve also made it easier to find people based on your connections, which could help you work out who can connect you with a relevant contact.
From the ‘All Filters’ page, you can now search based on your connections, or a connections’ connections, using the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree qualifiers – you can see it in action in the last segment of the below video.
(Worth noting too, LinkedIn has also improved their post and video embedding process)
As per LinkedIn:
“With 70% of people being hired at a company where they had a connection, your professional network goes a long way in helping you connect to opportunities. Now think about how helpful your extended network can be in helping you find an “in” to your next job, or the perfect candidate for that open position on your team.”
The largest professional network in the world – now with more than 546 million members – LinkedIn’s database is hugely valuable, and can provide powerful insights for those that know how to utilize it. The new search options provide another option on this front, and give LinkedIn another way to capitalize on the value of their resources, which is an area you can expect to see them make even more of moving forward, especially through their integrations with Microsoft products.
Further innovations on this front will help establish LinkedIn as the platform for career and industry-related insights – while other social platforms have data on trends and friends, nothing else can match LinkedIn’s resources on the professional development front.
The new search tools provide another way to tap into that capacity – worth noting, and taking a moment to understand the potential value for you and your business.