LinkedIn added some new tools to aid members looking for service providers or freelancers to help with specific projects.
Engineering manager Gaurav Vijayvargiya said in a blog post that members using the professional network’s search bar can now filter their results by service providers, saying as an example that members looking for help with their marketing strategies can search for “marketing.”
Doing so will bring up a list of service providers and freelancers who have indicated that they are open for business, and their profiles will contain information such as services they provide, experience and mutual connections.
If a service provider or freelancer has indicated that they are open for business, they can be messaged regardless of whether they are connected with the LinkedIn users who is searching.
LinkedIn also introduced a way for members to ask either their connections or the larger LinkedIn community for recommendations and referrals.
Vijayvargiya shared details on how this new feature works:
- On your mobile device, click the share box to create a post, and then click on Find an Expert.
- Fill out information about the type of provider you are looking for. It’s important to include project details and expectations so that you get the most relevant recommendations. This section will automatically fill out a draft post for you to share.
- Be sure to review your post and ensure everything looks good before publishing. You’ll notice we’ve gone ahead and added in some relevant hashtags to help your post get discovered.
- Share your post. You can choose who can see your post—whether you only want recommendations from your network, or if you want to share more publicly. Once you hit share, the audience you selected will now be able to see your post and either comment directly on the post, tagging folks who might be able to help, or message you to share their recommendations privately.
Vijayvargiya said LinkedIn research found that 51% of business leaders who hired freelancers found them via recommendations and 36% did so via social media.