LinkedIn reveals job application plugin

26 Jul 2011

Job seekers can now submit their LinkedIn profiles in response to job opportunities advertised on a company’s website via the new ‘Apply with LinkedIn’ plugin by the business social networking site.

“In this challenging jobs environment, LinkedIn’s ability to connect talent with opportunity at massive scale is more essential than ever. Apply with LinkedIn is the next phase of our open platform effort and we hope an important catalyst in creating economic opportunity for our members,” said Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn.

By clicking the Apply with LinkedIn button on a company’s website, employers and job seekers will be able to find additional insights, candidates and opportunities that will help them secure a job or candidate.

“Apply with LinkedIn provides an easy way for job seekers to put their best foot forward when applying for new opportunities and demonstrates a confidence in their professional identity and brand which showcases their acquired skills, experiences and professional connections,” said Deep Nishar, SVP of products and user experience at LinkedIn.

When job applicants click the Apply with LinkedIn button, they can edit their profile before submitting the information, or they can go to the one-click “Submit Application” button, which will automatically send the candidate’s public LinkedIn profile to the employer or pre-populate the employer’s online employment application.

Applicants receive immediate confirmation of their submission and will be prompted with professional connections they can contact to increase their chances of getting hired at the company.

Job seekers will also be able to manage any profile submissions using the Apply with LinkedIn button when they go to their “Saved Jobs” tab.

For employers, companies will have the option to customise the plugin and will be able to add up to three questions for the applicant to complete, such as a candidate’s willingness to relocate or the option to add a cover letter.

The plugin can be tailored to a company’s existing applicant tracking service. Companies interested in integrating Apply with LinkedIn can download the free plugin.

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