LinkedIn Operators: One More and a Tip Sheet

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Your new undocumented LinkedIn operator (in addition to the ones I covered in a few recent posts) is functions:, with the values from Job Function Codes.

Example: functions:4 looks for people in Business Development.

As with other operators, you can search for several values at the same time, and LinkedIn does assign several functions to some people (example: functions:(4 8 9) ).

As a summary, below is the full list of LinkedIn search operators that work with any basic or premium account, in the main search box. Many of the discovered search facets have only been available in LinkedIn Recruiter, and the operator headline:, uniquely, works only in a basic/premium account!

[edited: no longer true – use the brackets ()] For each operator, you can use it with several values in the quotation marks, which means an AND of terms. For example, headline:”engineer senior” searches for both words senior and engineer to appear in the headlines (but not for a phrase).

You can certainly combine the operators and use the Boolean logic.

Note that the values calculated by LinkedIn are less reliable than those entered by members, no matter which account you use to search (I have marked those in the last column).

Tip Sheet – LinkedIn Search Operators

Operator Meaning Values Calculated by LinkedIn
headline: search for keywords in Headline no
skills: search for keywords in Skills no
spokenlanguage: search for language proficiency by a language name no
startyear: search for the start year in college no
endyear: search for the end year in college no
geo: search for a Geoname Geonames no
title: search for current job title no
company: search for current company name no
school:  search for school name no
firstname: search for first name no
lastname: search for last name no
industry: search for the industry by Industry code Industry Codes no
seniority: search for seniority Seniority Codes yes
profilelanguage: search for profiles in other languages by a two-letter language abbreviation Language Codes no
functions: search for functions Job Functions yes
yoe: search for “years of experience” yes
[Edited:] I have found one more operator – fieldsofstudy: – search for fields of study – the argument is a code (or codes) that can be identified using a “company/people” search dialog like this– select the field(s) of study in question and you will find the codes in the search URL.

[Edited: I have put the list of all known operators here – LinkedIn Search Operators]

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Comments 15

  1. Hi,

    I’m trying to find people with wider range of experience like 1-3 year. The only way to put it (at least for me) while it gives me results:

    “(yoe: 1 OR yoe:2 OR yoe:3)”

    Do you know more effective way to add these operators to search?

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  2. Dear Irina,

    how do you identify other codes using the company/people page? I don’t get it, sorry :/

    Thanks & regards,

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      1. Ahhh now I got it, thank you! Looking forward to meeting you at the SoSu in Munich. Greetings from Germany, Regina

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  4. I am trying to make a boolean search including yoe:5 but I am receiving NO ANSWERS. Is there any problem with the feature “years of experience”?

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  5. Irina is there any other way to find people with a few years of experience (in the Premium Linkedin not in the Recruiter)?
    During the last week I am finding just employees with a few months of experience in their last company.

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