Last week I got an email from LinkedIn with the subject “Introducing a Smarter Way to Search on LinkedIn. The body didn’t say much, just “LinkedIn Search just got smarter” with a clickable button to “take the tour.”
I clicked the button and took the tour, if you can call it that. It was a series of pop up text bubbles. (See below.)
I use LinkedIn all the time and couldn’t see what was improved. I decided to give it a few days and see if in the course of my regular use I could see a change. I didn’t.
Sorry LinkedIn, but your search capabilities still generally suck.
Here’s what you get when you take the tour:
- Check out the more powerful LinkedIn search. Find people, jobs, companies, and groups with a single click, right from this search box. (My thought: yeah, that’s not new.)
- Find what you need. We’ll show you matches for your search in the most relevant order, personalized for you. (My thought: ditto above.)
- Explore related content. We’ll also show related categories you might find interesting. (My thought: This may be new, but not really valuable to me. When I am looking for people or companies, I rarely want to see related content.)
- Refine your results. You can click on a category to search instantly within your results, too. Ready to see the really powerful stuff? (My thought: This could be exciting, if it works. My findings: it doesn’t. My recommendation to LinkedIn: Get rid of all the check boxes and allow a free text search of profile content. That would be much more helpful.)
- Dig deeper. For added power, try an Advanced Search. See these categories? You can expand them to make your search even more specific. (My thought: Maybe this will help me find people easier. My findings: Not really.)
- Give it a try! Enter your search and see what it can do for you. (Did that–several times over the last several days–and it didn’t do much for me.)