The social network is calling their new feature “the future of job applications” which they say will include making the job application process as simple as a click.
The button functions in the same was as the Facebook Like and Twitter tweet buttons, allowing users to embed a job application button on their website. Once a user clicks on the button they are given the opportunity to request references from their contacts.
Here’s a closer look at the simple referral request display:
Users are also provided with a “Saved Jobs” tab in their profiles which shows them which jobs they have already applied for.
The program also promises to streamline the candidate approval process for company’s by creating a uniform and easily searchable display, while the company offers integration with several application tracking systems.
As should be expected the product is meant to be used with full LinkedIn profiles since those profiles will in themselves act as a “cover letter” for potential employers.
The button is integrated with a few lines of code which makes it a nice setup for potential employers, however it’s still to be seen how many “spam” applications employers will receive as desperate job seekers click on LinkedIn buttons all over the place in the hopes of at least landing an interview regardless of their qualifications.
Here’s a video demonstration for the Apply With LinkedIn button:
Among the buttons first company users are Netflix (featured in the video above) and Photobucket, although I would expect to see many more tech friendly firms and other big box organizations using the button on their websites in the near future.
Do you plan on using the new LinkedIn job application to apply for jobs in the future?