LinkedIn Advanced People Search Going Away??? I hope not!

August 23rd, 2012 | by Jason Alba |

I just got an email from a professional resume writer and LinkedIn expert who asked if the Advanced People Search is going away – she can’t see it anymore…

I hope not, but nothing LinkedIn does to their design/features surprises me anymore.

I tested it and I can still get there (click here to the page I ususally go to for Advanced People Search).

Specifically, the link I still see, to the right of the search box, is missing for her:

It takes you to this simple page that I don’t think has changed in years (at least, not the top part… the bottom part, with all the checkboxes, continues to evolve):

Could she be one of the people who are seeing a change before the rest of us?

She could.  LinkedIn is known for this type of change, where one group of people will see it before others.

What if they do take out that link?  Well, I would hate it… however, a long time ago (2+ years?) they put the advanced people search on the search results page.  That is, do a search for something, and on the left you can refine your search with the same fields as you see on the Advanced People Search page… just click this link:

And you’ll see these options appear, where you can essentially do an Advanced People Search:

Perhaps they’ll take out the link at the top of the page… the one I’ve grown accustomed to, but I can’t imagine they’ll take out the refining options after you’ve already searched.  Adds another step to the process, which stinks, but the functionality should always be there…. that’s my guess.


  1. 3 Responses to “LinkedIn Advanced People Search Going Away??? I hope not!”

  2. By Tim on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    I have lost it today too, very irritating

  3. By Bruce on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve always wondered if they would splinter off advances search and make it part of the premium (pay-for) services. There are already a bunch of premium only search filters.

    This idea would also fit with the premium offering sthey want to have for the job seeker/HR/recruiter demographic and the sales/marketing demographic, both of whom make big use of advanced search.

  4. By Fred Dempster on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    Yep – mine still there, but agree it could go away and reappear as a paid feature… these things just drive down usage and LI will start to be like FB…

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