9 LinkedIn Secrets That Will Make You a Total Pro

2020-02-27 08:12:35    阅读:388513

You probably think of LinkedIn as a tidied-up, more professional version of Facebook (with fewer pictures of cats). But its also an enormously powerful search tool provided you know how to use it. When LinkedIn conducted a survey of users, it found that 30% of us peek at our co-workers profiles. But its good for way more than just finding out what year your marketing director graduated college. LinkedIns search function makes it a terrific way to track down people youve met, or want to meet, even if you dont know much about them. Sometimes, you dont even need to know their name. The site put together a helpful blog post showing how to do that, so we asked LinkedIn and other human resources experts to share other great tricks for finding even the most elusive contacts. Use the right keywords. Be specific, says Catherine Fisher, LinkedIns career expert. We recently took a look at the most overused buzzwords on LinkedIn, and they include motivated, passionate and creative If you use those words when searching people, youll likely get a very broad range of people in your search results, she says. (You also should keep them out of your profile if you want to stand out, she suggests.). It also helps to be specific with job titles say, marketing manager in

stead of just marketing stands a better chance of returning people with the level of experience youre looking for. (Fisher says LinkedIn is working on an app to make finding people on your mobile device easier.) Get The Brief. Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. 

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Add Boolean search. Use Boolean searches to refine a search by combining keywords with operators such as and or not, says Susan Vitale, CMO of recruiting software company iCIMS. And save those searches if youre seeking people frequently or on an ongoing basis, Vitale says. As people with those qualifications join LinkedIn, the saved search will flag them for you 

and give you a starting point.

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l helps. If youre hitting a wall trying to 奇门定位九肖2016年 track someone down, plug in what you do know about them, such as where t

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e name of a place where they volunteer. If you had an acquaintance or former colleague you lost contact with, fill in the past company field. Use the title and keyword fields together. If Im looking for speakers for a specific event, Ill often search for a term in the job title section that will place the person in the right department, such as branding, brand or brand marketing, and then search for public speaker, speaker or public speaking in the keywords section so Im more likely to find something that not only has the right expertise, but also is accustomed to participating as a panelist or individual speaker at events, says Amanda Augustine, career management expert at mobile career network TheLadders Dont be stumped by common names. Finding a John Smith on LinkedIn is easy; finding the right John Smith can be harder, but Fisher says there are tricks you can use to help when youre searching for someone with a common name. If

youre searching for someone with a common name, like Joe Smith, you can easily whittle those results down, Fi

sher says. Do you know where Joe lives, his, email address, where he went to college, any of his past work experience? Some basic info on Joe will make it easy for you to find it.  Spotlight Story Kobe Bryant Had a Singular Impac

t on His Game and the World  Bryant died in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles on Sunday, along with his daughter Gianna Check out the sidebars. You know how when you pull up a product on Amazon, the site shows you what other people who checked out that item also looked at, along with what they bought? This is the same idea. When you go to someones profile, youll get two sidebars on the right side of the screen titled others with a similar position at and people also viewed. For example, if you have a contact for a sales pitch you want to make, but youd really like to pitch that p

ersons boss instead, see if someone with a higher job title in the same department turns up. (Not sure which title corresponds with which rung on the corporate ladder? Look at the work experience listed for both chances are, the higher-up spent some time with the lower-ranking title.)  

 Be careful with zip codes. If youre looking for someone in a specific metro area say, New York or San Francisco use that as your location rather than entering a zip code. This usually covers not only the people who live in the city proper, but also those who live in the suburbs and commute in for work, says Augustine. Narrowing down the city can be problematic, as you dont know how each person defined their location and how specific they got, Augustine says. Use a zip code, especially in a big city, and you risk constraining your search too much and not finding who youre looking for.  Zip codes are useful if youre trying to narrow your search to people within a certain radius, but you dont want the results to include people in a specific town or at a specific company, says Jerome Ternynck, CEO and founder of recruiting software company SmartRecruiters. By combining this feature with the not operator, you can look for a software engineer within 30 miles of San Francisco, but not in San Mateo, for example, he s

ays. Use the find shortcut for contact info. If youre trying to track down an email address, Augustine recommends hitting control-f (command-f if youre on a mac) for the @ symbol. This highlight email addresses as well as Twitter handles. Oftentimes, people hide the contact info section of their account from people outside their network, but will reveal the information at the bottom of their summary section or the advice for contacting section at the very, very bottom of the

profile, she says. Contact us at editors@time.com.