This blog post is directed towards agency and internal recruiters who have access to the Recruiter version of LinkedIn.
(Side note: if you are a recruiter and you aren't using LinkedIn Recruiter then I highly recommend you get it! The full version is expensive, but the Lite Version for $120 per month is the best bang for your buck in my opinion).

Saved Searches are a Recruiter’s Best Friend

One of the best features of LinkedIn Recruiter is the ‘saved search’ function that you can set up to run on a daily basis. This is particularly handy if you have a constant need for a specific skill set such as Java Developers or QA Analysts etc. Once you’ve set up your saved searches, it will save you time while giving you a leg-up on your competition by sending you daily notifications of any newly created LinkedIn profiles matching your search parameters (according to LinkedIn, 2 profiles are created per second globally – so that’s a lot of new profiles to review!). Additionally, this search will include any existing members who have updated their profiles.

More information about the saved search feature can be found here.

Copy and Paste This:

Everyone will have different set of saved searches set up depending on the area you recruit in. But, there is 1 saved search that EVERY recruiter should have running on a daily basis:

“seeking” OR “new opportunities” OR “available” OR “looking” OR “new challenge” OR “unemployed” OR “new challenge” OR “next opportunity”

Once you’ve set up automatic filters for location/industry etc, this will search will notify you daily of anyone that has become an active candidate.


Linkedin Recruiter is a great product that offers many tools such as saved searches that will save you time and increase your recruitment performance. By adding this search string to your list of saved searches and monitoring the results daily, you will be the first to know about freshly active candidates which will give you a head start on your competition, and increase your chances of filling open positions.

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Victoria Welsby

19 June 2014, 02:00 PM

Great and very relevant article Brian! Thanks for the info you put together, it’s always great to read.