LinkedIn Announces A New Way to Search

Coming next year from LinkedIn is a solution to that annoying problem with hiring managers who tell you, “I don’t have time to list everything for you. Just bring me more people like…”

This morning at Talent Connect, LinkedIn’s annual user conference now underway in Anaheim, Calif., the company announced a coming update to LinkedIn Recruiter that will simplify those “more like him and more like her” searches.

Instead of having to suss out all the details of a rockstar’s background, the upcoming Recruiter iteration lets searchers plug in that person’s name, pick their profile, and get a listNext Generation of LinkedIn Recruiter of LI members with similar backgrounds and skills.  In many cases, that may well unearth exactly the right candidate.

To finesse the search further, LinkedIn Recruiter displays the terms it used to build the search string so you can modify them to narrow — or widen — the results. Adding your own search elements, you might include some specific keywords or additional geographies, or accept alums of schools other than the one the rockstar attended.

What happens though if this is a new position or there’s no one the hiring manager can point to as someone they want to clone?

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LinkedIn has a solution for that, too. Maybe all you know is the job title, the example LinkedIn used in describing this feature.  Just enter it into the titles field and Recruiter will return a list of the most frequently skills people with that title have. You’ll also get a list of the most frequently listed schools and companies with the most people holding that title.


John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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2 Comments on “LinkedIn Announces A New Way to Search

  1. Interesting idea. I think it will have a good bit of merit. The one thing LI can’t do, however, is give you any qualified matches based on cultural fit, more important than skills fit.

  2. That’s a dangerous way to recruit unless the open position has deliverables identical to the “bring me someone like X” position. Beyond that, it assumes (probably erroneously) that the rock star has built out his/her profile enough for it to be useful.

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