Friday, March 29, 2013

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.

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