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Cheerful smiling young man with tabletSearching through one of your LinkedIn connection's network to find a certain type of person just got much easier—and this applies to you whether you have a free account or you're paying to use LinkedIn.

If you're like me, you really appreciate receiving referrals from people in your network, but it's not easy to ask the open-ended question,"Who in your network could help me find a job, customer, etc.?"

And rather than putting all the pressure on your connection to come up with the right people, why not use LinkedIn's newest feature to find the right people all by yourself.
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How to search your connection's network

Follow these simple steps, and you'll quickly discover who might be able to help you achieve your goal.

Put your cursor in the big, white search box in the top toolbar and select Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 2.31.52 PMSearch for people with filters from the drop-down menu.

On the right side of your screen, under Filter people by, go to the Connections of box and type in your connection's name. When his/her name appears in the drop-down menu, click that entry.

Then use any of the other available filters to narrow the search to people at the right company, location, school attended, title, etc.

Review the list that LinkedIn provides for you. If you find people who look interesting to you, check out their profile, and then ask your connection how best to approach the people (through a LinkedIn connection request, phone call, email, in-person meeting, etc.)

Screen Shot 2017-08-16 at 11.42.42 AMCaveat: If your connection has chosen to hide his/her first-level network from his connections, you'll only be able to see people to whom both of you are connected.  

Here's an example of how my search filters would look if I wanted to find out whether my connection Bob Hill knows any presidents or CEOs in the marketing and advertising industry in the Milwaukee area.

I know you'll be as excited as I was to see that LinkedIn has brought back this feature, and your network will appreciate the homework you do before asking for a referral.

If you'd like me to show you other hard-to-find, "can't miss" LinkedIn features, help you formulate your personal LinkedIn strategy, plus provide an in-depth critique of your LinkedIn profile, sign up for a one-hour, one-on-one consultation with me for the significantly reduced rate of $175. (This is a limited-time offer.)

Book your personal session today at https://calendly.com/waynebreitbarth/special1on1linkedinconsult.