LinkedIn offers several Premium packages designed to streamline your hiring process and help you to find the right candidate. To upgrade your account, select Upgrade My Account in the More menu. Compare plans and choose the one that’s right for you. With a LinkedIn premium account, you can use premium search filters to narrow your search. Click the Advanced link next to the search field in the upper right-hand corner of your homepage, and go to the Advanced People Search.Scroll down to filter your search by categories like: function, company size and years of experience. From the search results page, click the InMail link to the right of a candidate to send them a message, even if you are not connected. Use Profile Organizer to keep track of the profiles of potential candidates. From your search results page, select the profile you are interested in, then click the “Save” link on the right hand side of the screen. Select “Add to Folder” from the drop-down menu and add a note.To see and edit your saved profiles at any time, click Profile Organizer in the Profile drop-down menu. With a premium account you can also filter through applicants to find the right one by getting references from their past supervisors and co-workers. References can provide information about the candidate’s work ethic that may not be apparent from their profile alone. From the applicant’s profile page, click the “Find references” on the right side of the page, to see if you are connected to anyone who may have worked with the potential candidate in the past. Contact those connections to get references.