Searching in Different Directions on #LinkedIn

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As promised, here’s an essay on variations in searching.

Suppose I am looking for Mobile Software Engineers in the San Francisco Bay Area. (As a matter of fact, I am!) Here are some ways I would be looking for my candidates on LinkedIn:

  • In the Current Title, put Software (Developer OR Engineer OR Lead OR Architect OR Consultant) and in the keywords, put (Mobile OR Android OR iPhone OR iOS OR Blackberry) (and yes, I know that I will get some false positives with the word mobile but it’s not a problem) or
  • In the keywords, put Software (Developer OR Engineer OR Lead OR Architect OR Consultant) (Android OR iPhone OR iOS OR Blackberry) and in the title put -Recruiter -Manager (etc), (see the “Just Say Not” post) or
  • In the Current or Past Title, put Software (Developer OR Engineer OR Lead OR Architect OR Consultant) and/or
  • In the Title add (Mobile OR Android OR iPhone OR iOS OR Blackberry) or
  • In the keywords add (Mobile OR Android OR iPhone OR iOS OR Blackberry) and/or
  • In the keywords add Resume and/or
  • Set the “current companies” to <my list of target companies> by using the check-boxes or
  • Set the current company field to <my list of target companies’ names, separated by OR > or
  • Set the “past companies” to <my list of target companies> and/or
  • Look for members of relevant groups (if you have a basic account, join the groups or use X-ray on Google or Bing) and/or
  • In the search results, check only the first level connections and my group members – then I can send messages to all, – and
  • Change the order of the search results displayed (relevance, connections, etc.) so that I’ll see different results on the first few pages, or
  • Select a small radius around my zip code and do a loose search, or
  • Select a larger radius around my zip code and do a tighter search, or
  • Search using the Skills search, or
  • X-ray LinkedIn on Google and on Bing (variations for that would be a subject for a whole separate blog post!) or
  • Find prospects along with their email addresses elsewhere and cross-reference on LinkedIn, or
  • Search on Google or Bing/Yahoo for blogs, twitter IDs, etc. that have my keywords and point to LinkedIn profiles
This is just to start with 🙂