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LinkedIn Search is REALLY improved and got smarter

A search on LinkedIn was never a good experience. But I’ve got some good news. Starting today, searching on LinkedIn has become better and smarter. No longer you need to search for people, companies, updates or jobs separately. All you need to do is type what you’re looking for into the search box and you’ll see a comprehensive page of results that pulls content from all across LinkedIn including people, jobs, groups and companies.

The new Advanced People Search interface

The layout has changed and the standard plus premium filters are still there. A few people were afraid that LinkedIn was going to further limit the search results for free users. I have more good news. We got more results with richer information (i.e. counters) and you can still search and view 3rd+Everyone else profiles!

The standard filters deepen your search with location, company, industry, profile language, school and more.

Premium filters are:

  • Groups (i.e. more than one group)
  • Years of experience
  • Function
  • Seniority Level
  • Interested in
  • Company Size
  • Fortune
  • When Joined

Here’s a screenshot of the new Advanced People Search:

The new Jobs Search interface

Looking for a new job? The Jobs search interface had a makeover too and works fast. You can immediately see which companies are advertising the most jobs in your field and where most jobs are (location).

Other changes and new features:

  • Auto-complete – As you type your search term (in the top bar) you’ll be prompted with options for what you may be looking for, and the more you search, the better it will get at predicting what you want.
  • Smarter query intent algorithm – The more you search for content on LinkedIn, the more it learns and understands your intent over time to provide the most relevant results. This means even if you search for the same thing as someone else, your results will be customized to you.
  • Suggested searches – Now when you type in a search term such as “product manager” you’ll see example search queries for people or jobs related to product manager as well as a preview of top results to help you find what you’re looking for in one click. (source: LinkedIn)
  • Save search – Not a new feature but good to mention again is the possibility to save your searches so you’ll be automatically alerted when the results change.
  • Counters – You can immediately see the number of search results with each filter.
  • Sorting results – Unfortunately that is gone. You cannot sort on number of connections or recommendations anymore. The most relevant results, according to LinkedIn, appear on top of the list.

A few years ago LinkedIn stopped the possibility to search all profiles within a country, as at least one keyword or filter was necessary. I used this search to compile facts and figures about LinkedIn for example the number of members within a country or company. This feature is back again so let me take this opportunity to list the top countries on LinkedIn:

  1. 70.242.686
  2. 17.208.379
  3. 11.134.523
  4. 10.530.329
  5. 6.586.987
  6. 3.674.831

Want to know the biggest companies on LinkedIn in The Netherlands? Easy…

  1. 13784
  2. 12250
  3. 10944
  4. 9428
  5. 8396

What do you think of the new LinkedIn Search?

Note: The new smarter search is starting to roll out to members today and will be available to all global members in the coming weeks. Image: courtesy of LinkedIn