LinkedIn have recently announced some
to how we can use and benefit from their Search function (thanks to
for the original share).
The two changes that impact the most are:-
- You will now be able to see the names of those in your extended network (3rd degree) who appear in your search results.
- There is now a
‘commercial use limit’
that will each month cap the number of searches you can run. It is not known at the moment what this limit is, but you will receive a warning when you have 30% of your searches remaining for the month.
How does this impact you as a Recruiter?
- You can now see the names of those who are in your extended network who do not have a public profile.
- It will be no longer necessary to go to a search engine to reveal the names of those in your extended network who have a public profile.
- You will not be able to run searches using the excellent LinkedIn tool once you hit the monthly commercial use limit.
HOWEVER – you will be able to work around this cap by running an x-ray search from Google or Bing – this will unfortunately not include profiles that are not public (but the vast majority are).
Overall, I think this is a positive change. For some, it will be worthwhile upgrading to one of the premium options that are available to lift the commercial use limit. For others, continuing to use x-ray techniques (or learning how to) will be the way forward.
What route will you take?