How to Search for People on LinkedIn

The popular social media website LinkedIn has made a name for itself when it comes to finding jobs, recruiting employees, and staying up to date with what companies around the globe are working on. 

Searching for people’s profiles on LinkedIn is an essential way to make connections and grow your networking community, but some LinkedIn users might be unfamiliar with the search process on this website. Our article gives you all the information you need to know about how to search for people and find the information you need via LinkedIn.

LinkedIn People Search

The LinkedIn Searching Process

There are a few different ways to search for people using LinkedIn. All of the methods start with navigating to the search bar at the top of your newsfeed or profile page on LinkedIn. This can be done with the LinkedIn app or via the website on a computer or other device.

Once you have located the search bar, you can type in the name of the person you are searching for. Profiles that match will appear, and you may want to further filter the results at this point by adding a company name, a specific company role (such as “CEO”), or a location. You could also add educational information like a trade or graduate school. 

Find the profiles that match your search and click or tap on them to view them. From there, you can browse the public information that a person lists about themselves and tap the selection to ‘make a connection.’ If the person accepts, you will be connected on LinkedIn and will have your network expanded.

Another easy way to search on LinkedIn is by simply typing in the company or school name of the person you want to find. Profiles that list the company or education facility as part of their information will appear, and you can further filter by location and first or last name in addition to the person’s specific job.

Alternatively, you can browse through your connections to locate mutual connections or other people that you might want to network with, viewing profiles and reaching out to individuals as necessary.

Are There Limits to Searching on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn does have limits when it comes to searching for profiles. Most people using the free version of LinkedIn typically won’t encounter this problem as a few searches here and there doesn’t reach the limit; the premium version of LinkedIn allows for unlimited searches. 

The search limit on LinkedIn occurs when you are searching multiple profiles every day; the website assumes you are a recruiter or something similar gathering names, and won’t allow you to do this for free. 

There is a paid option of LinkedIn that recruiters and other employers are promoted to utilize if numerous searches for individual profiles are made regularly. More information about search limits and the different premium plans LinkedIn offers can be found here.

Can People on LinkedIn See You Searched Them?

LinkedIn is one of the few social media websites that does show individuals when you have viewed their profile. If you are utilizing the basic free version of LinkedIn, you are only able to see your most recent profile viewer, with any others that have looked at your profile being hidden until you upgrade your service. Premium LinkedIn subscribers are able to see anyone who views their profile.

If you want to check out someone’s LinkedIn profile without them knowing about it, you can try viewing the profile in ‘Incognito Mode,’ a mode of the Google browser that doesn’t record your browsing history. You won’t be signed in to your LinkedIn profile when using this mode and can run an internet search for the profile. Click on the search results to be taken to the LinkedIn profile and view it without the profile owner being notified. 

You may also be able to set your LinkedIn profile to anonymous when searching for individuals, but this mode will need to be turned on each time you search. Both free and premium LinkedIn subscribers can utilize private mode for searching.

Can You Search LinkedIn Profiles Elsewhere?

Instead of using the LinkedIn search bar to directly search the profiles you are interested in viewing, you can run a search using Google or another internet search engine. For this to work, simply type the name of the person you are searching for into Google and follow up the search request with “LinkedIn.” You can also add the company they work for or their potential job role. 

Your search should return profiles that match your specifications, and you can click or tap on the first few search results to find what you need. Keep in mind that the further down into the search results you go, the less likely they are to be relevant.

Additionally, you can use a people search tool to find all of the social media profiles that belong to a person. This can be done by typing in the name of the person you are searching for into a tool like this one. The search tool will pull all of the social media accounts related to that person’s information so you can review them and locate their LinkedIn or other social media accounts from there. 

Making the Most of Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is one of the most popular social media websites for making connections with those you work with and locating jobs or other opportunities. Knowing how to properly search for people on LinkedIn and make connections is one of the best ways to take advantage of all of the networking opportunities that this website provides. 

Make sure that you review our article for the best searching processes on LinkedIn and other tips for finding LinkedIn profiles, such as Google searches and people searches. With all of this information under your belt, you can start making the most of your LinkedIn profile right away.

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