If we search on LinkedIn without the keywords, all it shows is the “close” network, which is our 1st and 2nd connections. Want to search without keywords but include all results? Then the trick is to use keywords but make the search non-restrictive. Here is an example string that finds everyone:
(you can replace “to be” with an expression of your liking, the results would be the same).
If we use the above expression and no other filters, we would see the total population of LinkedIn. The number of LinkedIn members that I see at the time of this post is 563,974,696. This number is approximate, not exact – for large numbers of results, we can expect to see approximate numbers. Interestingly, right now, LinkedIn Recruiter, with the same search, shows 560,454,559 results, a 3 MLN member records fewer than in a personal account.
Searching for “to be” OR (NOT “to be”) can be narrowed down to locations and companies and will continue showing all results, the 3rd level and out-of-network included.
Searching in Recruiter (if you have the subscription) provides some additional information about the overall LinkedIn’s population. Recruiter’s “view search insights” function shows the largest companies:
and the locations with the largest numbers of members:
The number of people who are “open to new opportunities,” visible in Recruiter, is currently 28,285,514. That makes 3.7% of LinkedIn members – almost four times higher than a year or so ago, so setting this status has become more popular.
For many more tips on mastering LinkedIn searches, check out the recording of the presentation “Overcoming LinkedIn’s Limitations” in our Training Library.