Irina Shamaeva is a recruiter who also trains recruiters on how to get more value out of LinkedIn. Check out this great tip/post: Search for MBA’s or SPHR’s on LinkedIn With a Free Account
Here’s one of the most important parts of her post:
You will see all the search results, no matter what type of LinkedIn account you might have. This is actually true for any type of LinkedIn people search, so it’s not that special. Somehow there’s a perception that paid LinkedIn accounts or special paid accounts like LinkedIn Recruiter find more search results. They don’t.
Interesting, isn’t it?
In short, she’s saying to put keywords, acronyms, etc. in the advanced People Search Last Name box. Simple and effective. Read her entire post for more tips.
(While she wrote this for recruiters, job seekers could definitely benefit from the trick)