Navigating LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social media site that is aimed at individuals who wish to network professionally. Unlike Facebook or Instagram, it is, generally speaking, not used for the purposes of sharing personal experiences unless they are related to a user’s profession.

If a LinkedIn user has set their privacy settings to allow it, a portion of their profile will be visible to search engines, which means that a researcher will be able to see a portion of their profile right from Google or Bing. Please keep in mind that it is not likely to be their full profile. Furthermore, you will have much more searching capabilities, and you will receive more information from your research if you crate a LinkedIn account and search while logged in.

The following two videos provide a short and useful explanation on what the LinkedIn desktop interface looks like and how to search LinkedIn once an account has been created.

LinkedIn Desktop Layout

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi6x2nwLXHc

LinkedIn People Search

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HxTbY26Qs4

LinkedIn also allows for advanced search operators. To review a list of them, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/help/…

Finally, LinkedIn has a mobile app. To learn how to search LinkedIn’s mobile app visit https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/302/searching-on-linkedin