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A friend of mine recently said: “Hey Andy, Bro you need to get on LinkedIn ProFinder quick!”
Me: “Why?” “Bro”
Friend: “Dude, I get about 5 prospects a day looking to hire me to help with their LinkedIn Profile or Resume”
Me: “Really? I’ll check it out – thanks”

So I signed up for ProFinder and within minutes I was getting a stack of people sent to me via LinkedIn all of whom wanted help with my areas of expertise (LinkedIn Profile, resume, career coaching). I was thinking there must be a catch…..

And of course there was –  after I put in 10 proposals to the most deserving prospects, LinkedIn slammed the breaks on.

They informed me that I would need to upgrade to LinkedIn Premium. Now I’m already a LinkedIn Premium member but apparently my status/plan doesn’t count. I’m grandfathered on the “Personal Plus” plan and perfectly happy with it, thank you very much. LinkedIn tells me: “Your current plan is $95.40/month. Premium Business is offered at $59.99/month.” Well apparently the system doesn’t know how to handle my grandfathered plan (it’s actually $95.40/year). $720/year is quite the investment in LinkedIn, no?

I continued to get the emails but the ProFinder dashboard won’t let me send any proposals, unless I upgrade to premium Business. Hmm, is there another way…..? Indeed there is!

Here’s my way:

(1) Copy the headline of the person looking for a proposal.
(2) Paste the headline into LinkedIn’s omni-search box.
(3) If the headline is fairly unique, you’ll find the person quickly.
(4) If it’s fairly generic, you could click thru a lot of search result pages, or….
(5) Grab the photo from the email and paste it into Google’s image search (
(6) Once you discover the person’s identity, you can approach in your preferred way

I find that merely browsing them is sufficient, my Headline should explain what I’m all about. If they’re interested I figure they’ll take the next step. If they’re not, I’m still gaining from network effects.

But wait….what about bumping up against that pesky commercial use (search) limit that LinkedIn imposes when you do a bunch of searching?

Well, I’ve got a sneaky yet effective workaround for that also – simply use your other LinkedIn account to carry on searching. What? … don’t have one or two ‘dupe’ accounts for unfettered search uses? Seriously? Better get on that. Dude.

You are welcome.

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Stats: I signed up for ProFinder on 2/28 and since then have received 81 potential clients in the resume/LinkedIn Profile/career coaching space, roughly 30% are from my catchment area (Chicago), so there must be some kind of location matching algo.

TinEye ( is another useful image search site but I found more consistent success with Google image.

By Andy Foote