How To Use LinkedIn Advanced Search Filters? [2024 Tutorial]

You are a sales rep, a recruiter or a job seeker looking to leverage the vast professional network on LinkedIn?

Wondering how the advanced LinkedIn search feature can help you dig deep into millions of LinkedIn members and find the exact profiles you’re looking for?

Then this article is for you.

The proper use of LinkedIn advanced search filters like people filterscompany filters, job filters and other filters can greatly enhance your LinkedIn search capabilities.

This guide will help you master the use of search filters, parentheses, quotation marks in the Boolean search, and other search tools on LinkedIn.

linkedin advanced search

It’s a fantastic way to smartly narrow down your search options and arrive at the exact LinkedIn profiles you seek.

So, if you want to take your search results page to the next level, uncover the algorithm behind the search function, or discover the premium search benefits of LinkedIn recruiter and Sales Navigator – sit tight and keep reading.

How To Use LinkedIn Search Filters?

On LinkedIn, primary search filters are prominently displayed at the top of your search results. To use more advanced search filters, click on the “All filters” section, found at the end of the categories list.

linkedin advanced search filters

There are 8 categories of things you can search on LinkedIn:

  1. people
  2. companies
  3. groups
  4. jobs
  5. schools
  6. post
  7. event
  8. products

Each one of them offers basic and advanced filters.

Let’s take a look at each of them in detail.

LinkedIn Advanced People Search

People filters allow you to find and connect with specific LinkedIn members based on their profile information.

You can use the following people filters:

  • Connections: You can filter by your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree connections, or by people who are not in your network.
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  • Connections of: Let you search into the connection of people in your network.
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  • Follower of: Let you search the followers of people who activated creator mode
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  • Locations: You can filter by the country, region, or city where the person is based or has lived.
location linkedin filter
  • Current companies: You can filter by the name of the company where the person currently works.
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  • Past companies: You can filter by the name of the company where the person has previously worked.
past company linkedin filter
  • Industries: You can filter by the industry sector that the person belongs.
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  • Profile language: You can filter by the language that the person has used to create their LinkedIn profile.
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  • Schools: You can filter by the name of the school, college, or university that the person has attended or is attending.
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  • Service categories: You can filter by the type of service that the person offers or needs, such as accounting, coaching, graphic design, etc.
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  • First name & Last name: You can filter by the first name or last name of the person.
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  • Title: You can filter by the job titles that the person currently holds.
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  • Keywords: You can filter by any keyword that appears in the person’s profile, such as skills, interests, certifications, etc.
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  • Company and School Keywords: you can also look for companies and school using keywords.
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You can use Boolean search to run complex queries on these fields

(More on that later)

For now let’s take a look at the company filters.

LinkedIn Advanced Company Search

Company filters allow you to find and follow specific companies on LinkedIn based on their profile information. You can use the following company filters:

  • Locations: You can filter by the country, region, or city where the company is headquartered or has offices.
company location linkedin filter
  • Industries: You can filter by the industry sector that the company belongs to or operates in.
company industry linkedin filter
  • Company size: You can filter by the number of employees that the company has.
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  • Job listings on LinkedIn: this filter will display all the companies that are currently recruiting on LinkedIn.
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  • Connections: this filter will display all the companies in which you have a first degree connections working.
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  • Keywords: You can filter by any keyword that appears in the company’s profile, such as description, products, services, values, etc.
company keyword filter

LinkedIn Advanced Job Search

Job filters allow you to find the dream offer among all the job posted by companies on LinkedIn.

Here are the filters that you can use.

  • Date Posted: apply to most recent job offers to increase your chances of getting hired.
job date posted linkedin filter
  • Experience Level: select the level of experience asked by the company which is hiring.
job experience level filter
  • Company: look for job posted by specific companies.
job company filter linkedin
  • Job Type: filter on specific type of contract depending on your needs.
job type linkedin filter
  • On Site / Remote: use this filter if you working fully or partially remote is non-negotiable for you.
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  • Job collections: Top Applicant Job are jobs for which LinkedIn thinks you’d be a great fit. Green job are offers posted by companies engaged for climate change.
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  • Easy Apply: filter on job post which you can apply to in one click by filling your LinkedIn data.
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  • Location: filter on the location of the company office.
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  • Industry: filter on the industry of the company posting the job.
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  • Job Function: filter on the type of jobs the companies are offering.
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  • Title: filter on the type of job titles displayed on the job offers.
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  • Under 10 applicants: increase you chance to get hired by applying to offers with low competition.
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  • In your network: increase your chance to get hired by picking companies in which people from your network are working.
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  • Commitments: filters on company values.
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  • Keyword: you can use the LinkedIn search bar to look for job posts containing specific keywords in their titles or descriptions.
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That’s is for the LinkedIn job advanced search.

Now, let’s take a look at the other ones.

Other LinkedIn Advanced Search Filters

Other filters allow you to find and join specific groups, events, courses, or posts on LinkedIn based on their topic and content.

1. Groups

You can filter by the name or description of a group that you are interested in joining or following.

advanced search linkedin groups

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2. Events

You can filter events by the name or description using the LinkedIn search bar.

advanced linkedin search events

3. Courses:

You can filter by the name, provider, topic, or description of a course that you are interested in taking or teaching.

advanced linkedin search course

Among the filters you can use are:

  1. Level
  2. Time To Complete
  3. Topic
  4. Softwares
  5. Continuing Education Units

4. Posts

You can filter by any keyword that appears in a post that you are interested in reading or commenting on.

advanced linkedin search posts

Among the filtes you can use are:

  1. Date posted
  2. Content Type: Video, job, image, newsletter, carrousel, document, video.
  3. From Member: to get posts from specific people
  4. From company: to get posts from a company page
  5. Posted by: 1st connections, people you follow, you
  6. Mentioning member: find posts mentioning someone
  7. Mentioning company: find posts mentioning a company
  8. Author industry: find posts from people working in a specific industries
  9. Author company: find posts from people working in specific companies
  10. Author keywords: find post from people having specific keywords on their profiles

5. Services

Service filters allow you to look for people offering specific services on LinkedIn.

You can also use it to find clients if you are offering products or services to consultants, coaches or freelancers.

advanced linkedin search services

Among the filters you can use are:

  • Services categories
  • Location
  • Connections (1st, 2nd or 3rd)
  • Profile language

6. Schools

You can filter schools by the name or description using the LinkedIn search bar.

advanced linkedin search school

7. Products

Companies can now attach one or several product to their company pages.

advanced product search filters

You can search for these products using two filters:

  1. Product category
  2. Company: the company that created the product
  3. Keywords: contained in the title or the description.

advanced linkedin search products

How To Use LinkedIn Boolean Search?

LinkedIn Boolean search is a way of creating more precise and powerful searches by combining keywords with special operators.

These operators are ANDORNOTquotes, and parentheses.

They allow you to include, exclude, or group keywords in your search query.

Here’s how to use them:

1. AND operator

The AND operator tells LinkedIn to show you only the profiles that contain all the keywords connected by AND.

For example, if you search for content AND marketing, you will see profiles that have both terms in them.

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This operator is useful for narrowing down your search results and finding more specific matches.

2. OR operator

The OR operator tells LinkedIn to show you the profiles that contain any of the keywords connected by OR.

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For example, if you search for content OR copywriter, you will see profiles that have either term or both terms in them. This operator is useful for broadening your search results and finding more diverse matches.

3. NOT operator

The NOT operator tells LinkedIn to exclude the profiles that contain the keyword following the NOT.

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For example, if you search for content NOT copywriter, you will see profiles that have the term content but not the term copywriter in them. This operator is useful for filtering out irrelevant or unwanted matches.

4. Quotes

Quotes tell LinkedIn to treat the words inside them as an exact phrase.

For example, if you search for “content writer”, you will see profiles that have exactly that phrase in them, side by side, not just the individual words separated.

This is useful for finding people with specific titles, skills, or names.

Parentheses

Parentheses tell LinkedIn to prioritize the keywords inside them over the ones outside.

For example, if you search for (content OR copywriter) AND editor, you will see profiles that have either content or copywriter and also editor in them. This is useful for creating complex and flexible searches.

If you want to find people who are decision-makers in the software industry, you can search for (“CEO” OR “CTO” OR “founder”) AND “software”


LinkedIn Boolean search can help you find the right people for your goals faster and easier. You can use it on any LinkedIn search engine, such as Basic, Sales Navigator, or Recruiter.

However, the basic one has different limits that affect your search results.

The Limits of LinkedIn Advanced Search

LinkedIn Advanced Search is a powerful tool for finding and connecting with your ideal prospects. However, it also has some limitations that you should be aware of. Here are the main ones:

1. The commercial use limit

If you use LinkedIn Advanced Search for commercial purposes, such as lead generation, recruiting, or job search, you may encounter the commercial use limit.

linkedin commercial limit advanced search

This is a monthly limit on the number of searches you can perform on LinkedIn without a premium account.

The exact number of searches is not disclosed by LinkedIn, but it depends on your usage patterns and account type.

Once you reach the limit, you will see a warning message and you won’t be able to search until the next month.

2. The search results limit

Another limitation of LinkedIn Advanced Search is that it only displays a maximum of 1000 results per search, regardless of your account type.

linkedin search results limit

This means that if your search query returns more than 1000 results, you will not be able to see or access the rest of them.

You can overcome this limit by splitting your search into several chunks using filters, or by using Boolean operators to create more specific queries .

3. Boolean search limitation

The LinkedIn basic search engine doesn’t allow really complex Boolean queries.

For example if you copy paste that one in the “Title” keyword filter of the people search:

(VP OR "Vice-President" OR "V.P" OR "Vice President" OR "Head" OR "Manager" OR "Chief) AND (Sales OR Marketing) NOT (Assistant OR "Right Arm" OR Founder OR "Co-Founder" OR "Cofounder)

You will see this:

boolean error linkedin advanced boolean search

Whereas if you copy-paste in on Sales Navigator, it will work:

sales navigator advanced search filters

That is why if you want to take your LinkedIn Advanced Search to the next level, you should consider upgrading to LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

Here is why.

Get To The Next Level With LinkedIn Sales Navigator

LinkedIn Sales Navigator is a premium sales tool that offers more features and benefits than the basic LinkedIn search engine.

Here are some of the advantages of using LinkedIn Sales Navigator for your sales prospecting:

1. Unlimited Searches

One of the limitations of LinkedIn Advanced Search is that it has a monthly commercial use limit, which restricts the number of searches you can perform for free.

unlimited advanced search linkedin sales navigator

If you reach the limit, your search results will be reduced until the next month. However, with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, you can enjoy unlimited searches without any restrictions. This means you can find and connect with as many prospects as you want, without worrying about running out of searches.

2. Account Based Searches

Another benefit of LinkedIn Sales Navigator is that it allows you to perform account based searches, which means you can find and target decision-makers within specific companies.

This is especially useful if you have a list of accounts that you want to focus on and reach out to.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Search for accounts on the account search
  • Create a list of accounts that want to target
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  • Go to the lead search and select that list
  • Add some filters to find decision-makers
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3. Saved Searches

A third advantage of LinkedIn Sales Navigator is that it allows you to save your searches and get alerts when new leads match your criteria.

This can help you put your lead generation on autopilot and never miss an opportunity.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Create a search query using the Lead Filter on LinkedIn Sales Navigator. You can use any combination of filters and keywords to define your ideal prospects.
  • Toggle the Save button on the top left corner of the search results page.
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  • Review the new leads and add them to your list or reach out to them directly.
new results saved linkedin advanced search

LinkedIn Sales Navigator is a powerful sales tool that can help you find and connect with more prospects faster and easier. If you want to take your sales prospecting to the next level, you should consider upgrading to LinkedIn Sales Navigator today.

Search LinkedIn with Google

LinkedIn is a great platform for finding and connecting with professionals, but sometimes its search function can be limited or restricted.

For example, you may encounter the commercial use limit, which reduces your search results if you use LinkedIn for lead generation or recruiting. Or you may not be able to find the exact profiles you are looking for, because LinkedIn does not support some advanced search operators or filters.

Fortunately, there is a way to overcome these limitations and search LinkedIn with more flexibility and accuracy. You can use Google to search LinkedIn profiles using some special techniques and operators.

Here’s how:

1. Use the site operator

The site operator tells Google to only show results from a specific website or domain. For example, if you type site:linkedin.com in the Google search bar, you will only see results from LinkedIn.

linkedin advanced search with google

You can also use subdomains to narrow down your results further. For example, site:linkedin.com/in will only show personal profiles, while site:linkedin.com/company will only show company pages.

2. Use the intitle operator

The intitle operator tells Google to only show results that have a specific word or phrase in the title.

linkedin google advanced search title

For example, if you type intitle:marketing site:linkedin.com/in in the Google search bar, you will only see profiles that have the word marketing in their title. This can help you find people with specific job titles or skills.

3. Use quotation marks

Quotation marks tell Google to treat the words inside them as an exact phrase.

search linkedin with google

For example, if you type “content writer” site:linkedin.com/in in the Google search bar, you will only see profiles that have exactly that phrase in their title or summary. This can help you find people with specific names or qualifications.

Disclosure

This content was partly written by AI (ChatGPT 4), I added my own perspective, fact-checked it and made sure it is helpful for you.

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