In this post I'm going to cover the following:
- How Recruiting Teams Search LinkedIn
- What You're Doing WRONG
- LinkedIn Glitch
How Recruiting Teams Search LinkedIn
Professional search teams use boolean search strings to find candidates on the internet. Most people have first encountered it during a library course where we find books, or at least I did. That and the Dewey Decimal System were fast forgotten.
You don't have to be an expert in boolean strings. The 3 main things you want to know are:
|Operators||What They Do|
|''Phrases inside quotes''||Searches for the exact phrase. Capitalization does not matter.|
|''-''||The minus sign gets rid of any page/profile/resume with the
keyword right after it.
Will get rid of profiles with manager on them.
Exceptions to LinkedIn profiles. Words inside of recommendations do not apply.
|AND||The AND operator will only show profiles if all the words are
on the profile. Words do not have to right next to each other.
Ex. engineer AND Stanford AND doctorate
Will return search results with all 3 words. Most likely with engineers who graduated or works at Stanford with a Doctorate.
If a page does not have all 3 required words they will be excluded.
Most major search engines and job boards support boolean strings as they are a useful tool to narrow down search results.
In addition to boolean strings filtering systems provided by websites are often used. LinkedIn in particular has a very robust filtering system. One I found much more accurate than any job board's I used. They include:
I'm sure just reading the above section there are some changes you would like to make to your profile. Here are the most common mistakes I have seen profiles.
|Categories||What You Did Wrong|
Years of experience
Many job boards let the user explicitly decide how many years of experience they have. They usually fill in a little box asking them this question. There is often confusion about this question. Whether they're asking for experience in total years you have been employed, specific industry, specific technology, or level of your current role (e.g. Specialist, Manager, or VP).
LinkedIn doesn't ask its user this question. It takes that information from
the years of experience at each employment the user filled out. From my
perspective this has been a much better filtering system than letting the user
explicitly state it for the reasons listed above.
Here are some flaws in this system that users may not be
Here are the major fields that you should have filled out:
Too Much Information!
On the opposite end of the spectrum do not put:
This has mainly to do the with ''-'' boolean operator to get rid of false positives. Here are where it usually excludes candidates:
Not Connecting With People!
Just posting a LinkedIn profile isn't enough. I have come across many profiles that are in the single digits of connections. People think that just because their information is on LinkedIn people will be able to find it. While this may be true your profile will be found much later than people's profiles that come up on search results easier and this means missing out on opportunities, like first round of interviews.
So how does making a lot of connections help recruiters find me you might
ask. Well, LinkedIn has a free and paid version. For the free version the
search results will only show the first 100 results, with the closest
connections showing at the top of the results. For instance, when I search for
"Java Developer" my first 100 results are all 1st or 2nd degree connections. LinkedIn does give the option of searching by 3rd degree connections and
beyond as well, but those profiles are going to have their information
locked from me so I can't see if you're actually qualified (there are ways
around this, but it becomes time consuming).
Now, if a person is lucky enough to have an employer, or if they themselves,
invest in a paid recruiter account then the degree of connection won't
matter as much, the searches are limited to 1,000 results. In this case the
right keyword and keyword density will matter much more.
Video of glitch:
There is currently a contact setting glitch. When you make any changes to your “Advice for Contacting” section you're message settings will all be turned off. This means you will not be able to receive InMails from LinkedIn Recruiter Accounts. You will have to go into your Account Setting to change them back.
This glitch is being reported to LinkedIn. In the meantime here's how to fix your settings.
To change these settings go to:
1. Privacy and Settings (move mouse over profile picture in top right)
2. Communications section on the bottom left
2. Communications section on the bottom left
I also like to add my contact info in the Summary section so it's right at the top of the page.
Hope you found this guide useful!