March 26, 2013, 1:51 PM — Looking for a job? LinkedIn's new search features are designed to make the hunt a little easier.
The professional social network Monday began rolling out unified searches for job titles, people, and businesses, so searching for a company name (like, say, LinkedIn) will display results of people who work there, job openings, and the company's own profile.
Or you can search for a job title, like "assistant supervisor," and see people with that title, open positions, and companies who are looking for assistant supervisors.
Prior to today's update, LinkedIn's search was pretty basic: you could search for a person, or a company, or a location, but that search wouldn't display results from other categories.
The site also rolled out search features like advanced search filters, auto-complete, which becomes more intuitive with every search you do, and search alerts that ping you when new results pop up (a useful timesaver for job searches). Eventually, LinkedIn's algorithms will give you different results than other users.
With 200 million registered users doing 5.7 billion searches last year alone, LinkedIn is becoming an important tool for recruiters, the unemployed, and the employed but curious.
LinkedIn's apps have yet to be updated. In the blog post announcing the new features, the company indicated that further search improvements were in the works, with better ways to search and better results on the way.
LinkedIn's new search features will show up for many users Monday and roll out worldwide in the next few weeks.
Social networking evolves
Social networking sites are realizing that their search results need to have more breadth, depth, and personalization.
Facebook earlier this year unveiled Graph Search, a more intuitive, phrase-based search that lets you find people based on parameters like "friends of my friends who like Radiohead" or "TechHive employees who live in San Francisco."
Though Facebook has exponentially more users than LinkedIn, the principle is the same: use the information that members provide to make searches more detailed, more useful, and more unique than information you can find doing basic Web searches.