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July 26, 2011

LinkedIn Offers Job Application Feature

By Michelle Amodio, TMCnet Contributor

LinkedIn (News - Alert) is making it easier to apply to jobs through its site. The social network for professionals recently added a new button that will allow job seekers to apply for positions with the click of a button and sending their LinkedIn profiles off to employers directly.

The new feature aptly called “Apply with LinkedIn” is free for members and recruiters.

Deep Nishar, LinkedIn's senior vice president of products and user experiences, said the Mountain View company has lined up “thousands of companies” to add the button to their website's job postings page, including Netflix, LivingSocial, Photobucket (News - Alert), TripIt and Foodspotting.

“It's the 21st century way of applying for a job,” Nishar said. “It enables the candidate to really present a very comprehensive picture of who they are and their professional profile.”

Prospective employers will be able to see your connections so this new functionality is another reason to get your LinkedIn profile in order and gather a good quality, rather than quantity, of contacts.

The LinkedIn Blog states: “We’ve put an incredible amount of effort to rethink the job application process from end-to-end to make it a one-click submit for any professional. The first step was simple: put the functionality everywhere our members need it. That means packaging it as a simple button that you can recognize anywhere across the web. We’ve made this simple enough to implement so both companies and developers can easily include it on their corporate websites.”

For applicants, once the button is clicked, they will be able to preview and update their LinkedIn profile before submitting an application, and it also will call up people a user’s network who work at said company in the event a user wants to contact them about the job itself. Applicants can go to their LinkedIn profiles and see which jobs they've applied for.

According to LinkedIn, “thousands of companies” are now using its plug-in, including Netflix, LivingSocial (News - Alert), and Photobucket, among others. When companies add the free plug-in to their sites, they can include up to three questions that users must answer before submitting their profiles.

Employers who are interested in signing up for the service can download the free plug-in here.

The new feature comes just a week before the company is set to have its first quarterly revenue statement since its IPO in May earlier this year.  

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Michelle Amodio is a TMCnet contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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