You can connect with your targeted connections using search and other filters like industries, companies, locations etc. You can connect with 2nd & 3rd degree connections as well as connect with users who liked or commented on some posts. Click the “Add new connections” button from LinkHelp left menu then you will see dialog as below
Follow these steps for inviting or connecting with people
- Click the “Add new connections” button from LinkHelp left menu
- Apply search filters to find your targeted connections
- Click the "Connect" button
This search field is equivalent to the default search bar. You can use the Search to look for people with similar interests, role models, and Influencers to broaden your professional network and expertise. To search for a specific person, enter your keyword into the Search field.
- You can search using keywords such as company or job title. For example, you can search for “Richard Branson Founder".
- If you don’t know the full name of the person you’re searching for, enter other information that you know about them. For example, you can search for “Editor The Kansas City Star”.
- You can also search for multiple people by typing your search criteria into the search bar. Keep the search field blank, if you don’t want to search by keyword or search term.
Using Boolean search
You can run a Boolean search on by combining keywords with operators like AND, NOT, and OR during your search. Here are some ways to use Boolean logic and construct your searches:
- Quoted searches: For an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in quotation marks. For example, type "product manager". You can also use quotation marks if you want to find someone with a multi-word title.
- Search only supports standard, straight quotation marks ("). Other software or websites may use special symbols that our system does not recognize. Curly quotation marks (“), also known as smart quotes or typographer's quotes, aren't supported.
- In order to optimize overall site performance, stop words such as "by", "in", "with", etc. aren't used.
- NOT searches: Type the word NOT (capital letters) immediately before a search term to exclude it from your search results. This typically limits your search results. For example, "programmer NOT manager".
- OR searches: Type the word OR (capital letters) to see results that include one or more items in a list. This typically broadens your search results. For example, "sales OR marketing OR advertising”.
- AND searches: Type the word AND (capital letters) to see results that include all items in a list. This typically limits your search results. For example, "accountant AND finance AND CPA".
- Parenthetical searches: To do a complex search, you can combine terms using parentheses. For example, to find people who have "VP" in their profiles, but exclude "assistant to VP" or SVPs, type VP NOT (assistant OR SVP) in the search field.
When handling searches, the overall order to precedence is:
- Quotes [""]
- Parentheses [()]
- The + and - operators are not officially supported. Using AND in place of + and NOT in place of - makes a query much easier to read and guarantees that we'll handle the search correctly.
- When using NOT, AND, or OR operators, you must type them in uppercase letters.
Using Search Operators
You can use search operators directly in search bar to narrow your results. Search operators complement the filters found on the right rail of the results page, as well as the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. There are five search operators currently supported:
- firstname- Finds members based on first name
- lastname- Finds members based on last name
- title- Finds members based on their current job title
- company- Finds members based on their current company (keyword search)
- school- Finds members based on schools attended (keyword search) For example, to search for current software engineers not named Doe, who have attended either Harvard University or Stanford University, use following query in search field:
title:"software engineer" NOT lastname:doe School(harvard OR stanford)
Tips for Using Search Operators
- Use quotes for multi-word search terms.
- Use parentheses for AND, OR and NOT phrases.
- Commas should not be included in between multiple search operators.
- Spaces should not be included in between the search operator and the search term, such as lastname:doe.
- Wildcard "*" searches not supported.
Connections search filter
You can choose whether you want to connect with 2nd or 3rd degree connections or both. It is recommended to connect with 2nd degree connection only.
Keywords search filter
You can filter search using advance keywords filter for first name, last name, title, company name and school name. keep these blank if you don’t want to use them.
Connection of search filter
This search filter is used to search for common or mutual connections. Click on the “Connections of” tab. Type your connection name, press enter button or click search icon. From search results select your connection.
Location search filter
When searching for people or jobs, you can limit your search to single or multiple locations.
Entering locations in your search filed
Enter your search term in the Search field at the top of the script interface. For example: product manager California
Filtering searches using the Locations filter
You can limit your search to single or multiple locations by using the Locations. To filter your search using the Locations filter click on “Locations” tab, enter the location name in the location search field, press enter button or click search icon. From search results select location. You can add multiple locations in the same search.
Current and past companies search filter
Used to filter connections by their current companies or past companies. Click on “Current companies” tab, enter the company name in the company search field, press enter key or click search icon. From search results select the company. You can add multiple companies in the same search.
Industries search filter
Used to filter connections by Industries. Click on “Industries” tab, enter the industry name in the industry search field, press enter key or click search icon. From search results select industry. You can add multiple industries in the same search.
School search filter
Used to filter connections by their school, university or college name. Click on “School” tab, enter the school name in the school search field, press enter key or click search icon. From search results select school. You can add multiple schools in the same search.
Profile language search filter
Used to find connections by their profile language. Click on the “Profile language” tab, type language name or language code. From search results select language. You can add multiple languages in the same search.
Enter comma separated keywords to search in the user's profile title or name to exclude the user from connection invitation. Keywords are not case-sensitive. Make sure to check the "Exclude user based on keywords" checkbox.
Keywords for connecting
Enter comma separated keywords to search in the user's profile title or name before sending a connection invitation. Keywords are not case-sensitive. Make sure to check the "Connect user based on keywords" checkbox.
Include a personal message
You can enter your personalized invitation message. Use @name, @firstName or @lastName in the text area below, to act as a placeholder for the entire name, first name or last name of the user. Keep it blank if you don’t want to add an invitation message. These short codes are case-sensitive.
Start position is the initial value where script starts sending invitations to users in search results then increment start position when script finishes the search results returned by initial request. Start position 0 is the first record in your search result.
Total number of connections you want to connect.
Delay between connecting every single connection in seconds
Connect with premium users
You can connect with users who have subscribed for premium membership. Check “Connect with premium members only” to enable this feature. Script will skip other connections from search results who don’t have premium membership if you use this feature
To send profile view notification to the connection, whom you are sending a connection invitation. Check the “Send profile view notification” checkbox.
Click the “Stop script execution” button from LinkHelp left menu to stop the script from connecting.