Searching for Business People and Professionals
Linked In is a premier business oriented networking site and has more than 25 million members. Normally, you can only search people who are part of your 'network' up to three or so connections away. We have built a search engine to search through the Linked In network to find you more people than you would using their on-page search engine.
LinkedIn Name Lookup
Find someone in LinkedIn by their first and last name
We have added some other business oriented networks that are competitive with LinkedIn to search as well.
This site will search for any term you care to enter into the search box, not just names. You can enter a company, a job description or anything you like. Select the site you would like to "X-Ray" by using the 'drop-down' menu to the left.
Search ALL business networks at once
Search all of the Business Social Networking Sites from one search bar:
This search will do an "X-Ray" search of ALL of the most popular business and professional networking sites which are open to "spiders".
To search more sites (non-business oriented) click here.
Visit the most important business networks
Visit business oriented social networks
To find a link to the website of the leading business oriented network, select it in the drop-down list below and then click "Go": (Site will open in a new window/tab.)
To visit more sites (non-business oriented) click here.
Ways to use LinkedIn for maximum advantage
Increase your visibility.
By adding connections, you increase the likelihood that people will see your profile first when they’re searching for someone to hire or do business with. You will connect with more people, and this enables you to see the full profiles of more people.
Improve your connectability.
Most new users put only their current company in their profile. By doing so, they severely limit their ability to connect with people. You should put as much information in your profile as possible, which increases your chance of being chosen in a search.
Perform blind, “reverse,” and company reference checks.
LinkedIn’s reference check tool to input a company name and the years the person worked at the company to search for references. Your search will find the people who worked at the company during the same time period. Since references provided by a candidate will generally be glowing, this is a good way to get more balanced data.
Companies will typically check your references before hiring you, but have you ever thought of checking your prospective manager’s references? Most interviewees don’t have the audacity to ask a potential boss for references, but with LinkedIn you have a way to scope her out.
You can also check up on the company itself by finding the person who used to have the job that you’re interviewing for. Do this by searching for job title and company, but be sure to uncheck “Current titles only.” By contacting people who used to hold the position, you can get the inside scoop on the job, manager and growth potential.
By the way, if using LinkedIn in these ways becomes a common practice, we’re apt to see more truthful resumes. There’s nothing more amusing than to find out that the candidate who claims to have caused some huge success was a total bozo who was just along for the ride.
Increase the relevancy of your job search.
Use LinkedIn’s advanced search to find people with educational and work experience like yours to see where they work. For example, a programmer would use search keywords such as “Ruby on Rails,” “C++,” “Python,” “Java,” and “evangelist” to find out where other programmers with these skills work.
Research the background on people you are going to meet.
You can use LinkedIn to look up the people that you’re meeting. You might find that you went to the same school, share acquaintances or have a common friend/classmate.
Check the health of a company.
Perform an advanced search for company name and uncheck the “Current Companies Only” box. This will enable you to scrutinize the rate of turnover and whether key people are abandoning ship. Former employees usually give more candid opinions about a company’s prospects than someone who’s still on board.
Gauge the health of an industry.
If you’re thinking of investing or working in a sector, use LinkedIn to find people who worked for competitors—or even better, companies who failed.
Find Competitors to a company
Suppose you want to find a competitor for a company you are considering doing business with. All you need do is to look up who else worked for them and see where else they worked, etc. Then you can see who other key players in an industry are.