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Reveal more about third-degree LinkedIn connections

Do you use LinkedIn as a recruiting tool, or maybe just to find out more info on someone that is working with your company? Read on to find out how to quickly uncover the details of a third-degree connection on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn likes to cut off the important pieces of information that would actually be useful to you. Right now, if you try to view information about a third-degree connection, you won't be able to see much. For starters, the contact's last name is reduced to the starting letter, their most recent job(s) might be visible, and possibly their location, but everything after that is gone.

While this blocking practice is used to help LinkedIn convince you to upgrade your account, the truth is: you don't need to. Despite the fact that many users are marking the majority of their profile as public information, LinkedIn is deciding what other people can see if they are not a direction connection. Check out these steps for revealing more of the profile information:

A sample profile being blocked. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Find the profile you want more information from on LinkedIn. As long as you can see the last initial and recent jobs of the user, you're set. For users without a company name listed, these steps may not work.

Search results on Google displaying the URL. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Copy the first name, last initial, and most recent job or title. Location helps too, and may only be necessary in situations where the name is very common.

The details of the profile are revealed with the correct link. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: Paste the info into Google, or your favorite search engine. Your search will look something like this: "Tim Stevens Editor, Albany, New York Area Writing and Editing" you can also add "linkedin" to the search if you are getting too many results. In the results, click the link that contains /pub/ or /in/, not /dir/. The URL on Google's results is located below the page title.

Now you should be able to see most of the information on the user's profile. If not, try opening the link in a different Web browser on your computer.

Via AddictiveTips.