Starting today, we’re taking our vision of the professional web to the next level by helping our members utilize the power of their LinkedIn membership when they need it most — when applying for a job.  It’s my great pleasure to announce the launch of our newest professional web plug-in: Apply with LinkedIn.

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Our goal with Apply with LinkedIn is to help every professional put their best foot forward, anywhere across the web, when they take that leap to apply for a new position, a dream job.

We are going to make it easy for you to submit your profile for any job application on the web with one simple click.  Some of the first companies to debut “Apply with LinkedIn” button on their company websites (besides our own) include Netflix, TripIt, Photobucket and over a thousand other companies. In addition, we’re also working closely with the top Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to help them and their customers match the best candidates for the right jobs.

The Future of Job Applications, Today

We’ve put an incredible amount of effort to rethink the job application process from end-to-end to make it a one-click submit for any professional. The first step was simple: put the functionality everywhere our members need it. That means packaging it as a simple button that you can recognize anywhere across the web. We’ve made this simple enough to implement so both companies and developers can easily include it on their corporate websites.

Once you click on the “Apply with LinkedIn” button, you’ll get a user experience that’s been optimized for the web. In addition to updating your profile real time, LinkedIn will also show you your professional connections that work at the company to increase your chances of getting hired through a referral.

If you don’t know anybody at the company, we’ll show you people who can introduce you to someone there. This is extremely powerful – statistics show that referrals are the #1 source of external hires at companies.

Finally, we record all “Apply with LinkedIn” submissions in the “Saved Jobs” tab (under the Jobs category on LinkedIn) so you have a record of all the jobs you’ve applied to around the web, throughout your career.

Companies can now extend the Power of LinkedIn to their Talent Brand

For companies looking to fill positions, Apply with LinkedIn is just as compelling. It’s flexible enough to work with virtually any talent pipeline by making it far easier to reach the right candidates on LinkedIn.

We built Apply with LinkedIn to be customizable for companies from day one, including:

  • The ability to customize branding to make “Apply with LinkedIn” feel like part of your company’s talent pipeline.
  • The ability to manage submissions better by routing applications to everything from an jobs@yourcompany.com email address to a URL for a full fledged web application.
  • Integration with some of the most popular Applicant Tracking Systems on the market

We are convinced that Apply with LinkedIn represents the simplest way for companies to increase the quality of job applicants.

While the benefits are fairly clear, we put a lot of time into making it as easy as possible for developers to add this functionality on their company website. This small snippet of code is all it takes for you to start offering applicants the chance to apply to your job openings in one simple click.

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://platform.linkedin.com/in.js”>
api_key: <YOUR API KEY GOES HERE>
</script>
<script type=”IN/Apply” data-companyId="1337" data-jobTitle="Chief Cat Wrangler" data-email="jobs@mycompany.com"></script>

Let’s Build the Professional Web Together

While the above is quite basic, there’s much more you can do with Apply with LinkedIn. For more details, check out further documentation here, or go straight to our generator page to build a button.  As always, we’re happy to answer questions and are constantly listening to feedback in the forums.

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