DAILY DOT COM - Ever hear of LinkedIn? It's a professional networking site. Compared to Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn has a smaller following, with about 200-million users, but its purpose is much different. It's a place for users to market their job skills.
On Monday, March 25, the site announced some big changes. In a blog posting , Johnathan Podemsky, Product Manager at LinkedIn, detailed upgrades to the sites' search feature.
So what's new?
For starters, the look is completely different. In the past users selected categories to search in a drop-down menu, with categories including people, status updates from your contacts, companies, and groups.
Now, all you need to do is type what you're looking for into the search box --and by default, your searches will be across the whole of LinkedIn.
Other changes include an auto-complete for search queries, and suggested phrasing. So if you type in "product manager" you'll see example search queries for people or jobs related to product manager. As well as a preview of top results to help you find what you're looking for.
The most notable tweaks for tech gurus seem to be the changes made to LinkedIn's advanced search. It gives you the use of filters like location, company, and school.
There's also an ability to save the searches now, which users will receive automated alerts for when the results have changed.
The new unified search was turned on Monday with a staged rollout.
According to LinkedIn, 5.7 billion professionally-oriented searches were conducted on the site in 2012.
If you don't have a LinkedIn account –it's free to create one. Whether you are searching for people, jobs, or companied it's a valuable resource to have.
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