Search LinkedIn without Looking up Postal Codes: The Peopletoucher Search Engine Now Supports Global Cities
As LinkedIn grows upwards of 40M+ users, spanning 150+ industries and representing every country in the world, recruiting and sales professionals outside of the US continue to find value in searching for business contact names.
Considering all of the Search enhancements LinkedIn has released over the past few quarters, it's a surprise to see how hokey the Advanced People Search is when trying to search for contacts based in or near any non-US cities.
For the US-based recruiter who needs to place the occasional candidate based outside the US, it isn't terribly difficult to memorize a token postal code to put into the Postal Code field.
However, this process can get old rather quickly if you are not based in the US, and require city/regional focus to source contact names.
Up until now your only resource has been to click the "Lookup" link and find a token postal code to use for the area your drilling towards.
Clicking "Lookup" actually brings you to Geonames.org, a non-profit postal code database site.
Once there, the process doesn't become any easier, as you have to scroll to your target city and copy/paste the code.
Using The Peopletoucher Search Engine you'll never have to visit Geonames.org ever again as we've added full auto-completing city name entry to the 17 countries LinkedIn supports for city-based search.
Expand the Location section to reveal the three Location search options: Anywhere, Country, and City. Choose "City".
Select the drop down to find the country you need.
As you begin typing, you'll notice the city names will autocomplete. Click on the desired city, or use the up & down keys to highlight, and press enter to select.
You may need to hit enter a second time to move the city/postalcode into your inventory and make it enabled. (Like everything else on the page, when it is red, it is enabled)
If you find yourself frequently switching back and forth between cities, you can store your cities in the inventory and click back and forth between them in order to prevent having to retype them in.
Peopletoucher Search - Saving you time!
- The autocomplete works for postal codes as well -- If you've been doing this with postal codes so long you've remembered them all, start typing them in and suggestions will be shown based on matches, with the city name included.
- If you want to populate your inventory with multiple cities and already have the postal codes handy, enter them one at a time and click the matching city for each. OR, enter them all at once with a semicolon separating each and you can enter a long list at once if desired.
Test it out!
And post any feedback in the comments!