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New LinkedIn Job Application Feature Generates Buzz

Networking site LinkedIn is getting lots of attention on Twitter and elsewhere on the Web right now, thanks to the roll-out of a new job application feature called "Apply with LinkedIn."

Twitter users write of the new feature, "could this be the end of the resume?" and "how to apply for your next job in less than a minute." (Some call it a "game changer" or "huge" -- although others hedge that by saying "potentially huge" -- and at least one tweet resorts to saying it could be a "paradigm shifter," a phrase that I keep hoping will die out sooner rather than later).

Writing on Mashable, Ben Parr compares the "Apply with LinkedIn" button to Twitter's tweet button and Facebook's Like button, since companies can embed the LinkedIn button on their websites. The "Apply with LinkedIn" button "essentially lets you submit your LinkedIn profile as your resume," writes Parr. "Once you submit your job application, you are given the opportunity to message your contacts at the company and ask for a referral."

And on the receiving end, companies have the advantage of getting applications in an easily searchable, uniform format. Reuters reports that more than 1,000 companies are taking part in the plug-in's launch by including the "Apply with LinkedIn" button on their job pages.

What do you think? Will you be using "Apply with LinkedIn" to find a job or hire someone? Or is it just one more bit of technology you'd rather not have to deal with?

More information on "Apply with LinkedIn":

YouTube video of "Apply with LinkedIn"

LinkedIn Tip: How to Use the New Job Application Feature (from PC World)

LinkedIn 'Apply' Button: 1-Click Job Application (from Information Week)

LinkedIn rolls out Web button for job applications (from Los Angeles Times)

Written by Law.com managing editor Paula Martersteck.

Posted by Laurel Newby on July 26, 2011 at 05:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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