Today, LinkedIn is rolling out a major plug-in, dubbed Apply With LinkedIn, for jobs purpose. The business-oriented social network is billing the new feature as “the future of job applications.” The company’s goal is to make the job application process as simple as a click.
The new application tracking software will be scaled in the form of a button over LinkedIn, which is much like the Twitter tweet button or the Facebook Like button in that companies can embed it on their website. The button essentially lets you submit your LinkedIn profile as your resume — no cover letter necessary. Once you submit your job application, you are given the opportunity to message your contacts at the company and ask for a referral.
Companies can customize the look and feel of the “Apply with LinkedIn” module to feel like part of a specific branding. And companies can manage submissions by routing applications to email address or a web app for applying for a job. The plug-in can also integrate with Applicant Tracking Systems, and only involves a small snippet of code to embed on a site.
The company will also record all “Apply with LinkedIn” submissions in the “Saved Jobs” tab so you have a record of all the jobs you’ve applied to, even off of company’s website.
For businesses looking to hire, it’s a simpler way to screen candidates. Your Linked-In profiles will be easily searchable. Some of the first companies to debut “Apply with LinkedIn” button on their company websites include Netflix, TripIt, and Photobucket. The company says another thousand companies will be rolling out the Apply With Linked-In button.
The Apply With Linked-In button is based on the idea that the resume is an outdated relic. Why submit a resume when all of that information (and more) is available on a LinkedIn profile? Still, the button is almost too easy. One can see a desperate job seeker clicking on the button and submitting his or her job application to hundreds of potential employers, regardless of his or her qualifications.
What do you think of this new button? Will you use it for your business or in your job search? Let us know in the comments.
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