10 Key Facts About The New LinkedIn Search

Debra Donston-Miller

LinkedIn improves its search capabilities to make it easier and faster to find people, companies and jobs on the professional social network.

Whether you are looking for a new job, a new employee, or someone – anyone — who can help you figure out how big data fits into social networking wrapped around analytics, search is a key function on LinkedIn. The professional social network this week announced changes to its search capabilities targeted at streamlining and relevancy.

There were 5.7 billion professionally oriented searches on LinkedIn last year, according to LinkedIn product manager Johnathan Podemsky in a blog post announcing the improvements. “Today, search on LinkedIn is getting even smarter and more streamlined,” he wrote.
These improvements are among several that LinkedIn has made recently to its platform, including an update toLinkedIn Jobs.
Here are 10 things you should know about LinkedIn Search.
1. Unified Search.
Probably the most important thing about the new LinkedIn search is that the tool is now conveniently unified. Before, you had to search separately on people, companies or jobs. Now you can type what you are looking for in the search field and results will be pulled from across LinkedIn people, jobs, groups and companies.
2. Auto-Complete Added.
As you type in your search terms, LinkedIn search will predict what you are looking for and autocomplete your term.
3. Suggested Terms As You Search.
LinkedIn now provides suggested terms as you search. This will be useful for, say, when you are searching on “editor” jobs, not realizing that the hotter term now is “content developer.”
4. Smarter Query Intent Algorithm.
According to LinkedIn, the more you search, the better and more relevant search results will get.
5. Better Advanced Searches.
LinkedIn’s new advanced search capabilities make it easier to expand your search by using filters, such as company or location.

LinkedIn Members Who Grow their Networks are 30% More Likely to Find Jobs

The co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman recently published his new book “The Start-Up of You”, see a book review here.

One idea is what they call “I-We” – how the power of your network out to the third degree magnifies your individual capabilities. It used to be “who you know”, now it’s also “who the people in your network know”. That’s the strength of “I to the We” of your network.

LinkedIn have kindly sampled some data for us:

  • The average LinkedIn member has access to over 9,000 people via their 2nd degree network

  • That’s connections in over 6,000 companies in 130 industries via 2nd degree connections

  • The most connected users have access to 200,000 companies through 3 million people

  • As your professional network grows, so do your career opportunities

LinkedIn Improves Its Search

Todd Wasserman

Following in the footsteps of Facebook, which recently overhauled its search, LinkedIn on Monday announced a revamped search with auto-complete, suggested searches and other enhancements.

The search is now streamlined as well, so you no longer need to search for companies, people and jobs separately. “Now, 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,” LinkedIn’s blog explained.

Among the new features:

  • Auto-complete: LinkedIn will suggest options for what you’re searching for. Suggestions will improve the more you search thanks to a smarter query intent algorithm.
  • Suggested searches: As LinkedIn explains, “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.”

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Find a Job on LinkedIn: 7 Ways to Fix Your Profile

by Michael Estrin

If you’re in the market for a new job, today’s hiring managers agree that one of the most important things you can do to improve your chances is be on LinkedIn.
“There are a lot of social networks,” says Shilonda Downing, owner of Virtual Work Team LLC, a Homewood, Ill., human resources recruiting and staffing firm. She says LinkedIn is the go-to site for professionals and that, “These days, it’s very important for your career to have a presence on the site because there’s a high likelihood that wherever you’re applying, the recruiters there use LinkedIn, too.”
As of Dec. 31, 2012, LinkedIn reports that it has more than 200 million members in more than 200 countries. But it’s not just LinkedIn’s popularity that makes it a must-have for job seekers. According to many career counselors, LinkedIn is often one of the first places recruiters will look when researching an applicant.
Simply getting found on LinkedIn is only a small part of the equation. At a minimum, job seekers need to make sure they have a presentable profile that will help them make their case to recruiters. But beyond the basics, experts say there’s plenty job seekers can do to improve their chances of getting hired.
1) Complete Your Profile
It may sound obvious, but you need to take the time to complete your LinkedIn profile, says Laurie Berenson, president of Sterling Career Concepts LLC in Franklin Lakes, N.J.
“To effectively complete your profile, don’t forget three items: a professional picture, a strong headline and a fleshed out summary section,” Berenson says.
The picture needs to exhibit professionalism. Job seekers should use a picture where they’re smiling and dressed in business attire, Berenson says. Distracting backgrounds are a no-no.
Use the headline — which Berenson calls “prime real estate” because it follows your profile — to set yourself apart from the pack.
“The key to writing an effective headline is to include not only your title or job function,” Berenson says, “but also your unique value or what you bring to the table that someone in a similar role doesn’t have.”
And when it comes to the summary, Berenson says to present who you are, what you have to offer and what your goals are. Of course, the summary content should also match what’s in your resume.
2) Get Recommendations, Stay in Touch
One of the best ways to use LinkedIn connections is to secure recommendations — testimonials from people who know you professionally and can speak to the caliber of your work.
“Employers want to get a full picture of you as a professional, and recommendations are a great way to round out your profile,” says Kat Krull, associate marketing manager at Resunate, a Pittsburgh company that builds resume-evaluation software. “Ask former supervisors or colleagues to write a short blurb about you by sending recommendation requests.”
According to Krull, a good tactic for securing recommendations is to offer one in return. Doing so is also considered good form.
Brie Reynolds, a Dallas-based manager of content and social media at FlexJobs, says it’s critical to stay in touch with contacts so that those recommendations don’t stay static.
“Set a goal for yourself that every month or week, you’ll send a quick message to five to 10 of your LinkedIn connections just saying hello and wishing them well,” says Reynolds. “In your note, inquire about their careers and lives, and mention that you’d like to stay in touch. By staying fresh in people’s minds, they’re more likely to think of you the next time they hear of a job opportunity that fits you.”
3) Ask for an Introduction
Growing your network is a great asset on LinkedIn, but you need to seek out introductions where appropriate, says Saad Ahmed, an engagement strategist with Viget, a digital design and development firm based in Falls Church, Va.
“The best strategy to gain an introduction is to first figure out what you are seeking from an introduction, and then figure out who at an organization can help you answer your questions,” Ahmed says. “Getting an introduction to someone you don’t know or aren’t connected to isn’t too difficult as long as you have a good reason to reach out. A good reason usually entails research or advice. A bad reason is if you’re going to beg them for a job.”
As far as etiquette goes, Ahmed says it “boils down to being considerate, thoughtful and asking good questions.” He warns that if you’re pushy, overly eager or not considerate of other people’s time, there’s a good chance that introduction won’t go anywhere.
4) Update Regularly and Join Groups
Like any social network, LinkedIn puts a high premium on activity. So it’s a good idea to update regularly, according to Wayne Breitbarth, author of “The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search.”
“Your network will probably lead you to your next great opportunity,” he says. “So it’s important to keep your smiling face and relevant business-related comments in front of them on a consistent basis.”
But don’t go overboard. A few updates a week, up to once a day is plenty. Remember to stick to business, and if possible, make your updates useful.
Also try joining relevant groups and participating in the conversation. “Joining groups within your profession or industry can do two important things,” says Karen Southall Watts, a business trainer and career coach from Bellingham, Wash. “You can establish a reputation for being informed or an expert in your field … by freely sharing your ideas and wisdom. But you can also use those discussions to learn from the thought leaders in your field.”
But Watts says to remember to keep discussions professional and substantive. Asking how to find a job isn’t helpful, but asking something specific about the industry is a great way to showcase your professionalism.

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Using LinkedIn for 30 Minutes a Day


An issue that comes up regularly is about time. Everyone wonders how much time on LinkedIn (and on social media in general) is enough time to devote to make it work and to produce successful results for your business.
The answer to the question is slightly subjective although it is a good idea to have some sort of time range in mind. You should figure that if you spend between 15 to 30 minutes a day on LinkedIn. It is important to make a commitment to working it consistently (and, if possible, trying to do it at around the same time each day). Please bear in mind that that time range for consistent LinkedIn use is a minimum. If you are in a business that depends more heavily on LinkedIn interactions, you should use it more than that each day. One of your purposes in using LinkedIn is to make sure that everyone is constantly aware of your brand and your offerings.
As you are starting to keep your LinkedIn schedule, you should try to be as consistent as possible in your approach so that you get maximum results from your efforts.
The LinkedIn Homepage
There is a way for you to arrange your Email account so that you receive a notification for everything (all invitations, group discussions, updates to status, etc,). That way, you won’t waste time on LinkedIn. You want to try to be as productive as possible always. If you are interested in doing that, you need to go to your account settings and request “Web Only” notifications. That will force you to be more conservative with how you use LinkedIn. It will also force you to login to your LinkedIn Homepage to be able to read your notifications. Once you have done that, you will find it easier and more convenient to spend the consistent 15 to 30 minutes on a daily basis to which you have committed.
Be consistent with the time of day
It is a really good idea to try to use LinkedIn at the same time of day on each day, if possible. It is a good idea because people will get used to interacting with you at the same time and you have a better chance of developing meaningful relationships with more people if you have a consistent approach on LinkedIn. It is important to be as efficient as possible with your time on LinkedIn.
Greet  your LinkedIn people
One of the reasons why LinkedIn is such a valuable social media tool is that it will really help you to increase the number of people with whom you can connect and with whom you can establish relationships. You should establish your LinkedIn routine early on, if possible. When you login to LinkedIn, you should post some sort of update, if you have one (which you most probably will have). You can write the updates that you want to post for the week in longhand and post one at a time throughout the week. Using links in your daily posts that lead to useful articles for your readers is a great thing to share (at least once a week). Undoubtedly, many people will find those articles very useful. Updating your status every day lets people know that you are there and that you are interested in interacting with them. After a short while, people will look forward to your updates and will be disappointed if you don’t send them on a daily basis. Remember, you can change your LinkedIn status as much as you need to.

10 Tips For Finding Your Perfect Job Fast With LinkedIn


How To Find Your Perfect Job With LinkedIn

So, here are my 10 best tips that I share with my LinkedIn coaching clients to get you on your way.

1. Optimize Your Profile

What kind of job do you want? Whatever you are seeking, make sure you put those keywords in your profile. Think about it…how does a hiring manager search for candidates? He puts in the job title he is looking for into the search box. So make sure you have your desired job title in many places on your profile so you come up high in LinkedIn searches.

2. Use A Professional Photo

I’ve worked with many job candidates looking for executive positions who have a casual photo on their profile. To me, that is a big Fail! Save those shots for Facebook. LinkedIn is a professional networking site and you want to look your best. Dress according to how much you want to get paid. If you understand this, then get a professional headshot down at your local photographer studio. A pleasant smile will also go a long way. No one wants to hire a sourpuss.

3. Fill Out Your Profile 100%

By completing your profile, you are 40 times more likely to come up in LinkedIn searches. Besides that, it shows that you are taking LinkedIn and your job search seriously. LinkedIn has prompts that show you how you are doing and what you need to do to get to 100%.

4. Grow Your Network

I can hear you saying, “But I don’t want to connect with people I don’t know!” Sorry Charlie. If that is your mantra, LinkedIn will become virtually useless to you. Most job seekers come to me with about 100 connections. That means you’ll have a network of about a quarter million, and just a fraction of the 200 million people can see your profile. Do you really want a new job? Start connecting with everyone and anyone.

5. Use Your Summary To Create An Ad
Your summary section in your profile is a great place to tell employers what you can do for them. Be sure to spell out all the benefits you bring to the workplace. How can you make them money? Save them money? Make them more efficient? Don’t be shy; tell them the benefit of hiring you.

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