When you can’t see the person’s name (3rd degree contact) #LinkedIn

April 24th, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

I’ve been contacting people in my LinkedIn Group. Even though I’m the owner of the Group, and I’ve seen the group member’s name at one point, LinkedIn won’t show me the full name if they are not in my first or second degree network.

There are tricks to get around this. Here are two I’ve used today:

  1. Copy and paste the Professional Headline (most people let LinkedIn decide what this is, the title and company) and do a Google search. Every time I’ve done that I’ve found the person, and their email and phone number :)
  2. Go to the website of their company (not hard to find) and search around there – about us, our staff, etc.  Easy as pie.

It’s frustrating that there are so many dead-ends on LinkedIn, but there are usually good ways around them… between Google, Facebook and Twitter you can dig deeper and get what you are looking for :)

  1. 2 Responses to “When you can’t see the person’s name (3rd degree contact) #LinkedIn”

  2. By Walter Feigenson on Apr 25, 2012 | Reply

    Good advice Jason, I use this trick too. Isn’t it stupid that LinkedIn makes us do this? They have consistently made the site less useful over the years. Too bad greed got the better of their judgment.

  3. By Bruce Bixler on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    There is another way to do it to add to your procedures. One of the fastest ways is to look at the recommendations that the connection has. This works quickly if the person that gives the recommendation will put the whole name of the person in the recommendation itself. But it doesn’t work all the time because people frequently only use first names. So it will give a quick way to start and then you can get more involved.

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