Searching on LinkedIn

How do I search for people, companies, or jobs?

Last Reviewed: 10/01/2014
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The LinkedIn search box at the top of every page allows you to search for people, jobs, companies, groups, and more. You can click any of the search suggestions that appear in the dropdown list as you type, or submit your search to see the full results. The following are the types of searches you can run:

Basic searches - available for people, companies, or jobs

Click the List icon on the left side of the search box and select a filter from the dropdown. The number of available filters will vary by the type of account you have.

Below are examples of searches you can run:

Finding a specific person:

  1. Click the List icon on the left side of the search box and select People.
    • If you know the first and last name, type it into the search box. For example: Ernest Hemingway.
    • You can also include keywords such as location or job title. For example: Ernest Hemingway writer or Ernest writer Oak Park, Illinois.
    • If you don't know their full name, enter other information that you know about them. For example: Writer Oak Park, Illinois, The Kansas City Star.
  2. After submitting a search, you can narrow down results by applying filters, such as school attended.

Finding multiple people:

  1. Click the List icon on the left side of the search box and select People.
  2. Type your search criteria into the search box. For example: Writer journalist United States veteran.
  3. After submitting a search, you can narrow down results by applying filters such as school attended.

Finding a specific company:

  1. Click the List icon on the left side of the search box and select Companies.
    • If you know the company's name, type it into the search box. For example: Hostess Brands.
    • If you don't know the name, enter a partial name and/or characteristics of the company that may be associated with the Company Page. For example: Hostess or Twinkie United States.
  2. After submitting a search, you can narrow down the results by applying filters such as industry.

Finding multiple companies:

  1. Click the List icon on the left side of the search box and select Companies.
  2. Type your search criteria into the search box. For example: Dessert snack cakes United States.
  3. After submitting a search, you can narrow down the results by applying filters such as company size.

Finding jobs:

  1. Click the List icon on the left side of the search box and select Jobs.
  2. Type in your search criteria in the search box. For example: Accounting San Diego.
  3. After submitting a search, you can narrow down the results by applying filters such as company name.
Advanced searches - available for people or jobs

Click the Advanced link to the right of the search box at the top of any page or at the top of the search result page to see all fields and filters on the left.

Boolean searches - uses advanced search operators and Boolean logic to conduct searches

Here are some of the ways you can construct your searches:

  • Quoted searches - For an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in quotation marks. For example: type "product manager".
    • Please note that LinkedIn search only supports standard quotation marks. Other software or websites may use special symbols that our system does not recognize.
    • Stop words are small, commonplace words such as BY, IN, WITH. Some stop words are not used in retrieving search results, in order to optimize for overall site performance.
  • NOT searches - To exclude a particular term, type that term with an uppercase NOT immediately before it. For example, type programmer NOT manager.
  • OR searches - To see results that include 1 or more terms in a list, separate the terms with an uppercase OR. For example, sales OR marketing.
  • AND searches - To get results that must include 2 or more terms in a list, you can use the uppercase word AND as a separator. For example, type manager AND director. Note: You don't need to use AND. If you search 2 or more terms, you'll automatically see results that include all of them.
  • Parenthetical searches - To do a complex search, you can combine terms using parentheses. For example, to find people who have "VP" in their profiles, or have both director AND division in their profiles, type: VP OR (director AND division).

Note: The site doesn't support wildcard searches.

Check out this external resource to guide your Boolean search
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