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Find LinkedIn's Former Company Employees in 4 Steps

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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April 15, 2024

Locate former employees on LinkedIn using search filters, company pages, the Alumni Tool, and advanced search techniques.

  • Use the 'Past Company' filter in the search options.
  • Explore the 'People' tab on the company's LinkedIn page.
  • Leverage the Alumni Tool for educational connections.
  • Apply Boolean searches and industry/skill filters for precision.

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How to Find Former Employees of a Company on LinkedIn

Finding former employees of a company on LinkedIn can be a valuable strategy for networking, job searching, or gathering insights about a company. LinkedIn offers several methods to locate these individuals using its robust search functionalities. Here’s how you can leverage LinkedIn’s features to find past employees of a specific company.

Using the Past Company Search

One direct method to find former employees is by using the "Past Company" filter in LinkedIn’s search feature. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to the LinkedIn search bar and select the 'People' search option.
  2. Click on the “All Filters” button to access the advanced search options.
  3. In the dialogue box that appears, scroll down to find the “Past Company” filter.
  4. Type the name of the company you’re interested in and apply the filter. This will generate a list of individuals who have listed that company in their past experiences.

For more targeted results, you can combine the "Past Company" filter with other filters such as location, industry, or school.

Exploring the Company’s LinkedIn Page

Another method involves exploring the company’s LinkedIn page directly:

  1. Search for the company’s LinkedIn page using the main search bar.
  2. Go to the “People” tab on the company’s page to see a list of current and past employees.
  3. Use the search and filter options within the “People” tab to narrow down to former employees.

This method is particularly useful if you’re looking for a broader overview of the company’s workforce history.

LinkedIn’s Alumni Tool

The Alumni Tool on LinkedIn offers another angle to find former employees, especially if they attended the same school or university:

  1. Search for the school or university in the LinkedIn search bar.
  2. Go to the institution’s page and click on the “Alumni” tab.
  3. Filter the results by date, company, job function, and more to find alumni who have worked at the company of interest.

This approach is beneficial for finding connections with a shared educational background.

Advanced Search Techniques

For more refined searches, consider using:

  • Boolean search: Combine keywords with operators like AND, OR, NOT in the search bar for specific queries.
  • Industry and skill filters: Narrow your search by specifying relevant industries or skills along with the “Past Company” filter.

These advanced techniques can help you pinpoint the most relevant former employees.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Can I save my LinkedIn search for future reference? Yes, after conducting an advanced search, you can save it by clicking the “Save search” option. This allows for easy monitoring and updates.
  2. How do I connect with found former employees? Visit their profile and either send a personalized connection request or use the “Message” button to start a conversation. If direct contact is preferred, tools like Lix can help find their email addresses.
  3. Are LinkedIn Groups useful for finding former employees? Yes, joining company-related or industry-specific LinkedIn Groups can reveal individuals who have previously worked at the targeted company.

By utilizing these methods and tools, you can effectively find and connect with former employees of any company on LinkedIn, expanding your professional network and gaining valuable insights.

Automate LinkedIn Searches with Bardeen: Recruit, Sell, Research

Finding former employees of a company on LinkedIn can be streamlined and automated using Bardeen. This approach is beneficial for recruiters, sales professionals, or anyone looking to expand their network. Automating this process ensures efficiency and accuracy, allowing you to focus on engaging with these contacts rather than spending time on manual searches.

  1. Get a Pipedrive person link from a LinkedIn profile page: Perfect for sales professionals looking to integrate LinkedIn discoveries directly into their Pipedrive CRM. This playbook automates the search for Pipedrive contacts using LinkedIn profile names, enhancing your sales prospecting activities.
  2. Save job openings for a LinkedIn profile's current company to Airtable: Ideal for recruiters and HR professionals, this playbook automates the process of tracking job openings at specific companies, saving the details directly to Airtable for efficient job vacancy management.
  3. Save company information from LinkedIn search to Coda: Streamline market research and lead generation by automatically saving company information from LinkedIn searches into a Coda table. This playbook is invaluable for business development and research professionals.

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