LinkedIn is preparing to launch a plug-in for employers’ websites called “Apply With LinkedIn” that will allow job candidates to apply for available positions with their LinkedIn profiles. “Apply With LinkedIn” is slated to launch later this month, according to a source briefed on the feature.


LinkedIn is preparing to launch a plug-in for employers’ websites called “Apply With LinkedIn” that will allow job candidates to apply for available positions using their LinkedIn profiles as resumes. The feature indicates LinkedIn’s increasing focus on making money by facilitating employee recruitment and hiring.

LinkedIn is currently in talks with a number of companies that will incorporate the “Apply With LinkedIn” plug-in on their jobs pages for the feature’s launch, which is slated for later this month, according to a source briefed on the feature.

“Apply With LinkedIn” is being touted by the company as a way to remove friction from the job application process by enabling people to use their LinkedIn profiles as resumes. The plug-in also bundles applicants’ data to simplify the sorting process on the employer side.

From the job-seeker’s side, the “Apply With LinkedIn” feature appears as a button placed alongside a job description on a company’s jobs webpage. When a user clicks on the “Apply With LinkedIn” button, a pop-up lightbox appears over the page with a prompt to sign into LinkedIn. The user is then given the option to edit parts of his or her LinkedIn profile and contact information and may be asked to answer additional questions. The user finalizes the application by clicking a “Submit Application” button. Finally, the lightbox displays an application confirmation, and displays either additional job openings at that company or a list of the user’s LinkedIn contacts who are affiliated with the company to which he or she has just applied.

On the employer side, companies can add as many as five additional check-box questions from a template, such as whether a candidate is willing to relocate, is eligible to work in the United States, or would like to add a cover letter. Employers can also add several customized questions. Employers can have the job submissions sent to an email address, a URL, or a JavaScript callback.

With LinkedIn’s blockbuster IPO now in the past, the pressure is on for the company to deliver solid growth on a quarterly basis and assure its stockholders that the money they’ve invested is well spent. According to LinkedIn’s IPO filings, the company currently gets 43 percent of its revenue from hiring solutions such as its job board, 33 percent of its revenue from marketing solutions such as display ads and company pages, and 25 percent of its revenue from selling premium subscriptions with extra profile features. By more firmly ingratiating itself with the job application process, LinkedIn could boost its subscriptions as well as its hiring solutions income. Job recruitment is a lucrative but decentralized industry, so it makes sense that LinkedIn is working to become a more deeply ingrained player on both the employer and applicant sides of the space.

  1. Interesting move and expecting Linkedin to keep on eating further in to the traditional recruitment process and eating more of tht industry’s revenues. Looking forward to seeing what this will actually look like.

  2. About time! My applicant forms are way too long. A one click apply would be awesome.

  3. PopHire (http://www.pophire.com) has based its business model on Linkedin connection:
    – find job from indeed based on your linkedin profile,
    – apply using your linkedin profil.

    Interesting moves from Linkedin, I will keep an eye on it.

    1. Job Match Flaw, ( … “Pophire learns about your experiences by scanning your Linkedin profile” ) mapping past endeavours! Human interaction between applicant/recruiter is needed unless PopHire has created a smart algorithm that can map the future as well

      1. I wonder how all these algorithms work. Gigma (http://gigma.com) is another provider using algorithms to filter candidates. Who knows what will happen to LinkedIn 3 years from now!!

      2. Touche Julie Williams! You hit the nail on the head! These Social Media/3rd Party Plug-Ins do a Great Job of taking out the “Social” aspect of actually getting to understand what a “Human or Job-Seeker” is looking for moving forward & what makes them tick/motivates them in their Career/Goals AND what a “Business/Company/Entity” Actually Needs Immediately & what their expectations for the career progression of this particular hire. Big Time Disconnect!!!! Human Interaction is at an all-time Low. Not so Social After All!

        Yes it’s True – this may cut out 3rd Party Agencies…as this will make a Direct-Path of a resume to employer easier if based on Job Seeker wanting to do the same function day in day out. But if that’s the case – why are they looking in the 1st Place? To do the same thing somewhere else (yes I get – easier commutes, more $ / pay – I know).

        Likewise – instead of Bogus Resumes / Way-Off Resumes and the tediousness it takes to Sift through Job-Board Posting Applications / Responses…now you have that Junk coming from a Totally Different Path – with the same amount of Influx / Electronic Paper Garbage. Who’s to say I can’t create Fake Functions & Responsibilities on my LinkedIn Profile just to get in-front of that Dream Job I want? Are there going to be Profile Monitors who go around looking for “Scammers” to make sure that person did infact do that job? Is LinkedIn going to pay for that Robot/Droid to make sure? Don’t think so…

        Unless you have a Killer Website that hits on all cylinders or have created that Perfect Job Description tailored for that perfect individual…Is an Algorithm or Bullet Point going to Sell a Job, a Company, a Future – and ultimately get to and secure that individual you seek? Not to Mention Alot of folks don’t apply for roles because the Job Descriptions aren’t 100% Realistic. They see a X-Mas List of Wants which they don’t have experience with. They cross themselves off and don’t apply. You would need the Ultimate/Simplified Job Description for every Role, for every Company to match job to profile. You would also need Sharp Enough Folks & Recruiters at every Single Company to Craft “said” posting’s or be able to Understand in an Efficient Way whom has the “Snuff” they seek, as well as the intelligence to call if they have a question to square away what they can’t gather from it. Is LinkedIn going to pay for that training for said Recruiter / Sifter…is that company? A Human Element must be involved! Who is also going to Pitch that Company Verbally if person is 100% Actively Job Searching & submitting their Profile to Multiple LinkedIn Company’s in the Area?

        Robin Williams in the Movie “Good Will Hunting” says it best…
        ~~~“You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally… I don’t give a shit about all that, because you know what, I can’t learn anything from you, I can’t read in some book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t want to do that do you sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.”

        Sometimes these new tools create bigger headaches than actual benefits. Sometimes they try to Create Rocket Science when it’s an X’s and O’s game. Sometimes they breed Lazier & Lazier folks… Just Pick Up a Phone – and talk to someone. Are these tools or the folks at the end of these tools Visionary’s & Certified Psychic’s? Nope. At the end of the day… its just the Job Opening & That Ideal Candidate/Fill. Simple isn’t it?

  4. They should focus on Customer Service…Already have 75+ complaints against them…Just ask the BBB.

    1. Just because someone complains to BBB doesn’t mean their argument is valid. And to be candid 75 complaints to the 100 MILLION users worldwide is to be expected. NEAR ZERO % complaint ratio.

    2. I agree with you chase, their customer service sucks

  5. This will make LinkedIn a bit more engaging.

  6. I wonder how many LinkedIn users will actually use this tool, and how LinkedIn expects to capture CV data if profiles are not up to date. Workable solution: if users are not required to do form filling, downside data duplication (Job-boards / iProfile) process already do something similar.

  7. Instead of crying about LinkedIn stealing business from recruiters, why not utilize LinkedIn’s app as a tool and invest your energy in other services that you can provide.

    For me personally, I strongly appreciate this new service. I spend a lot of time helping people with their career paths and resumes. Keeping a live resume is extremely important on a public forum. This will put more pressure on people to keep their LinkedIn active and up-to-date.

    From a business perspective, I really appreciate the candidate data solution. Ever place an ad on Craigslist? It’s a hot mess that you end up with in your inbox. Absolutely painful. I’d love to weed out the unqualified candidates before looking at the resume.

    I love it!

  8. LinkedIn has been doing this on several sites for nearly a year!!

  9. It’s about time. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Now I can apply to more jobs in half the time! lol

  10. Andrew Birmingham Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    With all such developments, its nice to try and predict early, the unintended consequence of the development.(The net sector is littered with them – think “free news” for starters – gee that was such a clever idea for newspaper publishers) In this case “by removing the friction” of an application the inevitable consequence is a lot more applications, presumably from many more unqualified applicants. That will result in higher recruitment costs for employers as they plough thru all those extra candidates. The same trend emerged in the early days of online jobs boards and the recruitment.coms had to build programmatic responses. Actually, I like really Linkedin both as an idea and as a transformational player, but I just thought I’d throw that our there.


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