X-ray Your #in Connections’ Connections


It is not a game changer trick but a rather helpful one if you directly want to search within your #in connections’ connections.

Why do I think it is worth for sharing?

  1. Often, #in profiles remain hidden from us as they do not contain the keywords we are using in a search. With this trick our search can more rely on someone’s network (aka current and former colleagues) and bring all the profiles who we may have missed when using a string.
  2. By having a basic #in account (which I do so) we usually much narrow the search to get not more than 100 profiles. With this trick we can work from a higher-quality candidate pool so that the narrowing will be easier and more precise.
  3. For agency recruiters, it is a very smart way to see which other agencies an HR person has been already connected with… Ouch! 🙂
  4. For corporate recruiters, it is helpful to see and search for someone’s network from the competition.

Let’s have an example, saying, we are after sourcing professionals from Poland.

Rather than going for #in Advanced Search and trying to apply a string I look for a person who is either based out of Poland or a Polish recruiting LION or having a large global/regional recruiting/sourcing network.

I use this link. It brings the network of that one person only and I can now better use the #in filtering options.

(The link above shows you my network, the pics below show the sample.)

I remove all mutual (1st level) connections assuming I already know and have re-connected with them.

Now I go for the location or add any new keywords or filter a company to narrow the results. Here we go!

I can now search everyone who I may have missed before!

Final comments

  1. At the end of this link replace the id with your connection’s id (pic below)!
  2. Note that you cannot x-ray a network if someone has hidden their #in connections from you.


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    14 comments on “X-ray Your #in Connections’ Connections

    1. June 18, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Nice Idea..

    2. June 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Wow! This is impressive.

    3. June 19, 2012 at 3:55 am

      This is brilliant. I still don’t know how you managed to discover that link though…Great stuff. Thanks Balazs

    4. June 19, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Thank you guys, happy you enjoyed it. You are my ever first commenters – feeling good! 😉

    5. June 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Very smart!!!

    6. June 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm


    7. June 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Great Idea balazs… Excellent

    8. July 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Great post! I was inspired to add another little chapter http://booleanstrings.com/2012/07/02/connections-connections/

    9. July 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Amazing post! Thank you!

    10. July 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Nice post Balazs!

    11. July 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Many thanks Balazas.. and also thanks Irena..

    12. August 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Am I doing something wrong? I’m not able to see anyone who is not a 1st connection of my own? Looking at Balazs link I am only able to see the 59 people we both have as 1st connections. I also tried Irinas example by looking at her super connector Ron Bates where Irina is getting 42,6312 results I’m only getting 74 shared connections.

      I’ve tried this search looking at my own LinkedIn ID and it works really well as a way to search my own connections.

    13. November 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm


      Thanks for sharing!
      I’ve also tried to use your method -> I used this link: http://www.linkedin.com/search/fpsearch?viewType=cc&ccId= and in the end I added the ID of the profile whose connections I wanted to see (2nd degree connection with me), I got over 1 million connections…and the message to type in a key word if I want to see people outside my network. I think I am doing something wrong or I didn’t understand the logic very well…I would be really grateful if someone shared some more insights with me. Thank you!

    14. November 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Ana – by using this link (http://www.linkedin.com/search/fpsearch?viewType=cc&ccId=29667417 – this is your ID) I can see all the shared connections between you and me (9 ppl). I also checked the link with Irina (http://www.linkedin.com/search/fpsearch?viewType=cc&ccId=1769200) and for me it still gives all the right profiles. Can you please try these links, too?


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