LinkedIn used to have a “skills” page. That page was useful for all since it was showing relevant skills after you’ve entered a skill. The “relevant skills” are (were) crowd-sourced: those were the other skills that the majority of members with a given skill have. The skills page was a good way to figure out a variety of keywords to use, while it lasted. This is what it used to look like:
The skills page is there no more.
There is, however, a way to look for relevant skills. I am proud to have discovered how to do this – in fact, in more powerful ways than the original page allowed. I have been teaching this approach in my lectures; at this point am happy to share, how to do that, with the online community, for everyone’s benefit.
We’ll use the Find Alumni function.
1. It’s little known that you can search for a keyword in the Alumni search, thus search across a large number of University grads. Do this search, for example; it uncovers everyone whose school has the word university as part of its name:
2. In the search box in the lower right corner, name one or more skills.
3. Then move to the second screen (use the highlighted arrow on the above screenshot) – and see the relevant skills there, even along the numbers of people who have them!
The keyword university could be changed for “college” or for “school” to see more diverse results, if necessary.
Alternatively, you can just use a specific University where (many) target professionals may have graduated from.
To summarize, we selected a range of grads, entered skill(s) into the search box, and can see a list of relevant skills.
Let’s take this technique a little further. In fact, compared to the old skills page, we have a lot more control over which relevant skills are displayed. As an example, we can make some selections of companies and locations:
… perhaps include an area of study as well – then see a more precise list of relevant skills as a result:
As a full summary, the alumni dialog allows to find relevant skills based on one or more skill names; also, locations, companies, and fields of study. It also shows the numbers of people with the skills in the selected set of members. This is much more powerful than the original skill page provided.
This technique can be used to identify terms to search for. among other things.
Here, now you know it!
A great tip Irena, thanks for another useful nugget – I’d never have the time or capacity to work it out for myself!
Thank you for this! Very cool.
This is an interesting find Irina. Unfortunately, it is a poor replacement for the sorely missed LinkedIn Skills…I find the percentage of loosely/potentially unrelated related skills to be quite high, even from the image you shared for Tax Accounting Sox (budgets, forecasting, financial analysis, etc., are not specific to Tax and or SOX).
Similarly, a search for technical skill such as Hadoop returns the following:
Unlike LinkedIn Skills, I find the majority of the terms listed to be unsuitable for creating relevant OR statements/concepts. If someone were to use most of those terms in an OR statement, the results would not strongly favor the initial concept of Hadoop, if at all.
Thanks for your comment, Glen! To get the “really” relevant skills you might want to narrow it down using the other available facets (which is what I imagine the “old” skills page was doing in the background). If you have saved any of those suggestions by any chance we could compare.
The educational facets? I selected alumni from MIT, in Engineering, with a degree in CS and searched for Hadoop HDFS MapReduce, and here is what was listed:
Java Enterprise Edition
Cross-functional Team Leadership
From what I can tell, it’s just pulling the top skills based on your filters and keywords, which isn’t drawing any relationship between the search terms and the top skills. Not really sure exactly how Skills was working, but there certainly seemed to be a higher degree of relevance.
I just found a screenshot I took of the search results for a LinkedIn Skills search of “iPhone” – here’s what was listed:
iPhone Application Development
iOS Development Core Audio
I searched MIT, every IT related degree and a keyword of “iPhone” – and here is what was returned:
Ruby on Rails
Just dug up another screenshot I took for a LinkedIn Skills search of “Hadoop” – here’s what was listed:
Amazon Elastic MapReduce
Hi Irina, I’m new to sourcing and want to first thank you, Glen, and all the other Sourcing experts who teach and share your valuable information on the internet. I tried the Linkedin Alumni tip but when I change schools and type university it is populating with University of Phoenix. I think Linkedin may have changed it since you posted your tip. I also tried with Interests (as recommended by Johnny Campbell in a Colleague Software webinar) and am finding the same issue. Can you please advise if Linkedin has changed the capability to search all university data since your post? Thank you so much.