If you don't have a LinkedIn account yet, it might be time to get one now that the site will offer job application buttons to employers' websites, which will give potential bosses direct links to a potential hire's LinkedIn profile.
GigaOm's Colleen Taylorhad the exclusive on the development, which ups LinkedIn's appeal to job seekers everywhere with the convenient plug-in, which will appear on companies' jobs pages. The company's recent IPO shot it into the stratosphere of big money Internet with a current market value of nearly $9 billion.
Taylor cites an unnamed source "briefed on the feature" for the information and sums up how it'd play out for users:
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.
The report also says that employers would have options to add to the plug-in, as well, including work eligibility, relocation questions and a cover letter.
Smart play for the company, which GigaOm says currently receives 43 percent of its revenue from "hiring solutions such as its job board," according to its IPO filings.
LinkedIn follows in a recent button-happy spreeby other big online names: Google and Twitter.
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