I have posted about this in the past, but over the last few months I have noticed a huge change in the “how many times your profile appeared in search results” stat (see image below) for my profile. If you have noticed a similar change I would love to hear your thoughts.
There are likely to be a combination of factors at play here. The first is that there are more people searching for people with my skill set. Second could be that LinkedIn has changed their ranking algorithm’s and is providing better matches for people’s queries. Although, this seems very unlikely based on job recommendation emails I get from LinkedIn as about 1 in every jobs they email are actually relevant.
The third, and most likely scenario, is that my position title changed to Senior Software Engineer in early August (2011). Now I know what the word Senior actually means in terms of my day to day work and what it does not, however I get the feeling that people searching on LinkedIn are doing so based on position titles and not skill sets. In the software engineering world this does not seem to be a good strategy because an engineer (no matter how senior) with Java or PHP background is not likely one who has a finance background or wants to work with .net and vice-versa is probably also true.
Have you tried searching for people to recruit on LinkedIn? What search queries/strategies did you use?