LinkedIn Search

Last updated: September 8, 2015 - 10:37pm EDT

If you're looking for something particular on LinkedIn, try a search.  You can search for people, companies, jobs, groups, educational institutions, stuff that people post, and more!  You can also refine your search in various ways, such as narrowing down locations, or filtering based on connections to your industry or people whom you know.

How to search LinkedIn

  1. Go to in your web browser and log in. 

  2. Click in the search box across the top of the screen and type in something that you'd like to search for on LinkedIn.  You can click to select one of the suggestions that LinkedIn comes up with, or you can click the magnifying glass icon (or press the "Enter" key on your keyboard) to search for exactly what you typed in.

    LinkedIn search box

    You can also click the  horizontal bars beside the search box to select to search within a certain category, such as People, Jobs, Companies, and so on.  (By default, you will search for People.)

  3. Once you're on the results screen, you can refine your results in various ways.  Note that some filters may require you to be subscribed to LinkedIn Premium (so we haven't listed them here).

    If you're searching for people on LinkedIn, you can use the menu on the left to narrow your search based on:

    - How you are connected to them
    - Where they are located
    - What company they currently work for
    - What industry the company that they work for is in
    - The company or companies that they worked for previously
    - The school(s) that they went to
    - Their profile language
    - Nonprofit organizations that they are interested in

    LinkedIn people search options

  4. If you're searching for jobs on LinkedIn, you can narrow your results by:

    - Where the job is located
    - The company offering the job
    - The date that the job was posted
    - The general job role
    - The industry that the companies offering jobs are in
    - The experience level required for job applicants

    LinkedIn job search options

    See our How to Find a Job on LinkedIn tutorial for more information on how to search for and apply for a job on LinkedIn.

  5. If you're searching for companies on LinkedIn, you can narrow your results by:

    - Your relationship to people who work at the company
    - The company's location
    - Whether or not the company is hiring on LinkedIn
    - What industry the company is in
    - The size of the company
    - How many people are following this company
    - How wealthy the company is

    LinkedIn company search options

  6. If you're searching for groups on LinkedIn, you can filter your results by:

    - Groups that you belong to, open groups, or members-only groups
    - The language that the group uses

    LinkedIn group search options

  7. If you're searching for educational institutions on LinkedIn, you can narrow your results by:

    - Where the institution is located
    - How many undergraduate students the institution has
    - How many graduate students the institution has
    - Whether the institution is public, private, or for-profit
    - What degrees the institution can confer
    - What programs of study the institution offers

    LinkedIn university search options

  8. If you're searching for content posted on LinkedIn, you can filter your results by:

    - Who made the post
    - How long ago the post was made

    LinkedIn post search options

  9. If you're searching for messages that you've sent or received on LinkedIn, you will be taken to your message inbox.  See our LinkedIn Messages tutorial for more information.

Those are how to do some of the different kinds of searches on LinkedIn!


More LinkedIn Tutorials

See all 26 LinkedIn tutorials
Mark_complete_sm Back_to_course

Support TechBoomers

TechBoomers offers free articles that teach people how to use technology to make their lives easier (and more fun!). To support our work, some of our content contains links to websites that pay us affiliate commissions when our users visit them through us and make purchases. Learn more about how this works.

Did you learn what you wanted to?

Was something in this tutorial missing, confusing, or out of date? Or did it give you all the information you needed, and you just want to say "thanks"? We'd love to hear what you thought!