Searching on LinkedIn

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

Last Reviewed: 07/29/2015
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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

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.
    • To search for multiple people, type your search criteria into the search box. For example: Writer journalist United States veteran.
  2. After submitting a search, you can narrow down results by applying filters, such as school attended.

Finding a specific company or multiple companies:

  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.
    • To search for multiple companies, type your search criteria into the search box. For example: Dessert snack cakes United States.
  2. After submitting a search, you can narrow down the results by applying filters such as industry.

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 Advanced on the right of the search box at the top of any page to see all the 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".
    • LinkedIn search only supports standard quotation marks. Other software or websites may use special symbols that our system does not recognize.
    • In order to optimize overall site performance, stop words, such as "by", "in", "with" etc. aren't used.
  • 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 one or more terms in a list, separate the terms with an uppercase OR. For example, type "sales OR marketing".
  • AND searches - To get results that include two 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)".

When handling searches, the overall order to precedence is:

  1. Quotes [""]
  2. Parentheses [()]
  3. NOT
  4. AND
  5. OR

Note:

  • The "+" and "-" operators are not officially supported by LinkedIn. Using AND in place of "+" and NOT in place of "-" makes a query much easier to read and guarantees that we'll handle the search correctly.
  • When using NOT, AND or OR operators, you must type them in uppercase letters.
  • We don't support wildcard searches.
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