It is not a game changer trick but a rather helpful one if you directly want to search within your #in connections’ connections.
Why do I think it is worth for sharing?
- Often, #in profiles remain hidden from us as they do not contain the keywords we are using in a search. With this trick our search can more rely on someone’s network (aka current and former colleagues) and bring all the profiles who we may have missed when using a string.
- By having a basic #in account (which I do so) we usually much narrow the search to get not more than 100 profiles. With this trick we can work from a higher-quality candidate pool so that the narrowing will be easier and more precise.
- For agency recruiters, it is a very smart way to see which other agencies an HR person has been already connected with… Ouch!
- For corporate recruiters, it is helpful to see and search for someone’s network from the competition.
Let’s have an example, saying, we are after sourcing professionals from Poland.
Rather than going for #in Advanced Search and trying to apply a string I look for a person who is either based out of Poland or a Polish recruiting LION or having a large global/regional recruiting/sourcing network.
I use this link. It brings the network of that one person only and I can now better use the #in filtering options.
(The link above shows you my network, the pics below show the sample.)
I remove all mutual (1st level) connections assuming I already know and have re-connected with them.
Now I go for the location or add any new keywords or filter a company to narrow the results. Here we go!
I can now search everyone who I may have missed before!
- At the end of this link replace the id with your connection’s id (pic below)!
- Note that you cannot x-ray a network if someone has hidden their #in connections from you.