So, LinkedIn operators have briefly reappeared last week and are now gone again. Oh well.
Let me show you a LinkedIn search hack I have found that does currently work, and that is – searching by the job function. To use the hack, you need to know LinkedIn codes for job functions, and they are as follows:
|3||Arts and Design|
|5||Community & Social Services|
|16||Media & Communications|
|17||Military & Protective Services|
|20||Program & Product Management|
To search by a job function, add &facetCurrentFunction=<value> to your search URL – that’s it.
Example: this is a search for people with keywords plant and manufacturing, whose job function is Operations.
This is a search for Vice Presidents whose job function is Engineering.
If you wanted to search for two or more functions at the same time, you can do so by appending (for example) &facetCurrentFunction=[“16″,”17″,”20”] to the search URL. Example.
The job function search hack produces the same results as LinkedIn Recruiter (except in Recruiter, you cannot combine functions). Keep in mind that it is a calculated (vs. entered by the user) field, and LinkedIn’s judgment at times may not coincide with yours.