LinkedIn is much more than just adding new business partners or ex-work colleagues to your connections list. You can use LinkedIn’s Advanced Search function to set up specific criteria – both to include and exclude search elements.
Here’s how you do it…
1. Open up LinkedIn Advanced Search.
2. Enter your keywords, separated by qualifiers such as “AND” and “OR”.
3. Choose from your connections at various levels – or from groups.
4. Scroll down and expand other fields that might be relevant in your search.
5. Add a location, if that is relevant.
6. Press “Search” when you have set up all your parameters.
Some of these fields won’t be available to you if you have a free account. Scroll down the left-hand, vertical menu until you see “Search like a Pro” and click “learn more”. A pop-up window will show you various filtering options upgrading will open.
You will see results in real-time; and if you have checked off connections of any sort, you will see Profile slugs, photos and summaries.
But note that you can also use LinkedIn’s simple search bar – which has recently been enhanced. (And you can Save searches.)
What’s Replacing the LinkedIn Signal Tool?
Some of you may have already tried LinkedIn Signal, a filtering tool that allowed great opportunities for research in your news stream.
With Signal, you were able to use the filters to organize or isolate the following:
- Niche or Industry
- Specific companies
- Types of update (Profile, Group, sharing)
And several more.
Yet LinkedIn dropped Signal at the end of July, to the protests of many. Why?
Well, it seems they think their new, increased Search functionality makes Signal redundant. You can specify, filter and search for companies, groups, people, hashtags and more from LinkedIn’s own basic search bar.