XING Help Center

Here you’ll find answers to your questions, and information about XING features. You can also contact the XING Support team (available in English and German) if you need any other assistance.

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How does the search feature work?

The Search box in the upper right-hand corner of every XING page is a keyword search. All terms you enter there will be compared with every profile field and matches will be returned. The profiles returned are precisely those profiles which contain the terms you searched for. If you’re looking for a specific phrase (more than one word), you should enclose the phrase in quotation marks (e.g., “key account manager”). That way you’ll only see profiles which contain precisely this phrase.
Using the Advanced Search feature at "Search", you can search in specific categories, such as name, Current company, City (business), Person wants and Person has. You can also combine a search for specific keywords with a search in specific categories.
The Advanced Search feature also allows you to limit or expand the range of your search. For example, you can search the entire XING page, or you can limit results to your language, or even just search the contacts of your contacts. As with the Search box, the Advanced Search scans for all terms you enter. In effect, this means that if you enter four search criteria, and a profile contains only three of these four, it will not appear in the search results. There are several ways to modify your search criteria:

Searching with quotation marks: Use quotation marks to find a precise combination of words. For example, "Key Account Manager" will only return profiles that contain these three words in exactly this order.

Searching with OR: If you enter "OR" (in capital letters) between two search terms, you'll receive all profiles that contain at least one of the words. At top, those profiles that match both terms will be displayed. If OR is not entered between the terms, only profiles matching both of the terms will be displayed.

Searching with a minus: Let's say you would like to find all members named Jones who work in Boston, but wish to exclude those who include 'Internet' in the Industry field. Simply type "-Internet" (without quotes) in the Industry field. A minus search is only possible if you enter at least one additional search parameter.

Search by postcode area: Simply enter the first digit of the postcode area you're looking for, followed by an asterisk (*) and the search will return all members who have entered a business address within this postcode area.

Search by word beginnings: You can search by the beginnings of words in all fields except the keyword search. Simply enter the first three letters of the term you're looking for, followed by an asterisk (*).

The search results are sorted by relevancy, and are also influenced by the quality of a profile. This means that if all other factors are the same, a complete, comprehensive profile will appear higher in the results list than a less complete or comprehensive profile.