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.