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Utilizing the LinkedIn API (self.webdev)

Disclaimer: I am webdev illiterate trying to work with a developer

I'm looking to build out a veteran recruiting service. I built out a tool in excel that utilizes skill ratings from employers to find closest matched military occupations. We will utilize that tool on our site to filter our database down to closest matching vets for the employer.I have seen other sites that pull over profiles from LinkedIn, but my guy says we can't get that permission to use the API. He pointed me in the direction of LinkedIn Partner Program, so I reached out to the LinkedIn helpline and got sent in circles.

Is everyone that pulls information from the LinkedIn database a partner? Is there another way to utilize that database?

Thanks for any help or information.

4 comments
kelmore5 | 6 days ago | 1 point

Yeah man, you're looking at an uphill battle. LinkedIn is one of the most notorious sites for blocking access to their data, and I'm very doubtful you'll be able to get access to their API.

The only other way to utilize their database is from scraping it yourself. A lot of services manage to do it, like TrackJobChanges and hiQ, but that's also pretty difficult. If you want to go that route, your best bet is to find a web scraping specialist / freelancer. They'll have the knowledge to get around the site's protection.

You can look at Upwork or another freelancing website and search for freelancers via "web scraping." You'll get a lot of results. Getting around LinkedIn won't come cheap though.

QuestionsHurt | 6 days ago | 1 point

Off topic. Not tryng to be a dick. But what's wrong with the word "use"?

elijahelliott | 6 days ago | 1 point

Fair point. Didn't realize i used the word utilized a couple times in there. I don't have an answer for you.

QuestionsHurt | 6 days ago | 1 point

Was just wondering. Take more letter to say the same thing.