On LinkedIn today, there are more than 330 million profiles, 2 million jobs, 3 million companies, nearly 20 million SlideShares and member posts and more. While that’s certainly a lot of content, it shouldn’t take you a lot of time to find exactly what you need when you come to LinkedIn.
This year, we have been hard at work reengineering search, tailoring it to your needs with the goal of making it easier for you to find what you want, when you want it – faster than ever before. How much faster? Let’s put it this way, for each day that our members use the instant search experience we rolled out recently, we could save our members more than a year of cumulative time spent searching. That’s more time for you to spend looking for your dream job, checking out a company you’re interested in, connecting with an old colleague or finding that industry expert to help you with your next project.
Here are just a few of the changes we’ve made:
Help where you need it: Often times you know exactly who or what you’re looking for on LinkedIn. But let’s say you just walked out of a meeting with someone whose name you aren’t sure how to spell – maybe it’s Kristin, but it could be Kristen, Krysten or even Krystin. We’ll help you find the right person by surfacing results that are most likely to be of interest to you based on connections, companies or groups you may share with that person.
Find people beyond your connections: We realize that to get the most out of LinkedIn, it’s important to be able to search people outside of your immediate connections and find exactly who you’re looking for. This feature used to be exclusive to one of our Premium LinkedIn memberships. But starting today, we’re making it possible for all members to find who they’re looking for– whether they are in your 1st, 2nd or even 3rd degree networks.
Personalize your results: Exploring millions of jobs and people through search to find what you want can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. To help you cut through the clutter, we use what you have told us about yourself to provide results that are specifically tailored to your needs. For example, when you search for a job, we factor in the current and past roles you have held to surface the jobs that are most relevant to you. In the example below of a marketing professional searching for jobs at a specific company, we show you the most relevant marketing jobs at that company ahead of other jobs.
Stay informed: LinkedIn is a treasure trove of professionally relevant information that can help you be better at what you do. Now, when you run a search on LinkedIn, we surface relevant content like posts and SlideShare decks from thought leaders directly within your search results to help you stay informed about what you searched for.
A best-in-class search experience is one that helps you find what you want, when you want it – even if you aren’t sure where to begin. The new LinkedIn Search aims to feel like a sort of personal assistant, helping you to find the right results specifically tailored to your needs. And these changes are just a start – we look forward to sharing more exciting developments in the year to come.