LinkedIn is a social media platform that is made for professionals. It has many features that businesses can use effectively – not only for their marketing agendas but also when searching for new and competent employees.
One of its great features is the “Advanced” search option that gives a structured format of data from a specified search result, without combining everything into your keyword query.
For example, if you were looking for people who work at Samsung, typing “Samsung” in the search box will give all the profiles that contain the word “Samsung”. If you use the “Advanced” search, there will be options such as “current or past” that you can select to narrow down your search to more specific details.
Aside from the filter options, there are further searches that will deliver more specific results.
LINKEDIN BOOLEAN SEARCH TOOL
The Boolean search tool will take one or more keywords such as “AND”, “NOT” and “OR” to come up with detailed results. This saves time, narrowing your search down to the exact profiles that you are looking for.
You can add, exclude and find similar results to your search with just one click by simply:
Using the “OR” search operator
LinkedIn members use different words to show and describe similar concepts on their respective profiles. For example, a secretary might have the word “Secretary” on their profile. However, there is also a chance that they might have written assistant, clerk or something similar. The concept of the “OR” search operator is to give a result showing profiles that include any of those terms.
For example if you want to hire a secretary or a clerk you can type the term:
Secretary OR Call Attendant OR Clerk
Using the “AND” search operator
The LinkedIn “AND” search operator will include profiles that include both of the search terms. This can be added together with the “OR” search operator to come up with a more precise result.
So, if you are looking for someone with both “Assistant” and “Clerk” in their profile you should type:
Assistant AND Clerk
Using the “NOT” search operator
The “NOT” search operator can be used to exclude profiles that include the word/position that you are not looking for. This is very useful for trimming down the number of results for your search.
For example when looking for an assistant but not a secretary or a clerk, you can type:
Assistant NOT Secretary or Assistant NOT Clerk
Aside from the Boolean search operators, parentheses and quotations can also be used for more effective search results. Parentheses are used to group terms so that you can have more results that are relevant to your search.
Say for example you were looking for Assistants and Clerks, instead of searching “Assistant AND Clerk,” you can type “(Assistant OR Attendant) AND (Clerk OR Receptionist)”.
The parenthesis will group the terms together so the “AND” will show results with any of the words from each group.
Quotations are used when you want to put two or more words together to make up a phrase. For example, when looking for someone that can handle your calls and an assistant for your office, you would type “Office Call Assistant” or “Office Assistant” in the Advanced search box to achieve results with the exact phrase.
These simple LinkedIn search methods can help companies that are looking for their next employees. Next time you are considering taking on someone new, why not use some of the search tips mentioned above!