Why Step Outside of LinkedIn Recruiter?

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I have just finished a project sourcing iOS Developers across Europe who got top grades at school. It turns out, LinkedIn Recruiter (LIR) does not search in the grades! I couldn’t search by “first class”, “distinction”, “honours”, 2:1, etc. Reporting the issue resulted in Support predictably asking me whether I cleaned the cookies and use an outdated browser. A Message from our Relationship Manager reads: “I’ve hit a bit of a roadblock with our previous request to get you in front of an engineer, our executive team denied the request.”

Before that, I searched for employees of Non-Profits and encountered FAANG (big tech) current companies.

We cannot stay away from LinkedIn – the largest professional database with self-entered information. Of the ways to search, LinkedIn Recruiter (LIR), albeit unintuitive, has the best set of search filers – 39 of them! However, if you only search within LIR, you are missing results.

LinkedIn Recruiter will not search in:

  • Grades
  • Accomplishments like Honors and Awards, Certifications, Patents, and Publications
  • Employer locations
  • Schools by Boolean
  • Attached resumes
  • Attached sites and Twitter
  • Recommendations
  • Self-entered skills
  • Headlines (like “open to work”)
  • Two spoken languages with levels
  • Summaries
  • Items featured on profiles
  • Organization membership
  • Unemployed
  • Pronouns
  • Names with accented characters
  • Diversity
  • Posted content.

Searching with these filters is buggy:

  • Connections
  • Years of experience and at company
  • Function
  • Seniority (for example, it treats  Executive Assistant to CEOs at the C-level)
  • Company size
  • Company type.

Years of study are not tied to schools. Also, there is no way to find members who have completed a degree. Searching by a profile is useless. “Hide previously viewed” is flawed.

I am calling it “Dysfunctional Search.”

People with LIR subscriptions feel that they have the most powerful search – and they are right. But:

  1. You need to understand its underlying algorithms
  2. You can accomplish quite a few things by additionally using your personal LinkedIn account and X-Ray.

When you search with LIR, it is critical to understand how it exactly works. As an example, there is a big difference between searching by selections and Boolean (guess which type finds more 😉 ).

If you want to be productive, competitive, and less frustrated, join me for a 90-min presentation on LIR this Thursday – “LinkedIn Recruiter Mastery”. Get control of the powerful tool by searching in Boolean and applying the Hidden Operators; get your subscription money worth. This information is not in Help, and Support does not know about it. I hope to “see” you there!

If you missed the class, you can get a recording at the same link.


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