Professional network LinkedIn released a plugin today that enables job seekers to submit their LinkedIn profile to employers.
After clicking the "Apply with LinkedIn" button on a company's site, job seekers will have the opportunity to edit their information before submitting or go directly to the one-click "Submit Application" button which will send the candidate's public LinkedIn profile data to the employer or pre-populate the employer's online employment application. Perhaps most interesting, and what most clearly shows LinkedIn's future, job candidates will be able to manage any job submissions using the Apply with LinkedIn button when they go to their LinkedIn.com "Saved Jobs" tab.
"In this challenging jobs environment, LinkedIn's ability to connect talent with opportunity at massive scale is more essential than ever. Apply with LinkedIn is the next phase of our open platform effort and we hope an important catalyst in creating economic opportunity for our members," said Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn.
Many companies have the Apply with LinkedIn plugin accessible on their websites today, including LinkedIn, Netflix, LivingSocial, Photobucket, Concur subsidiary TripIt, Foodspotting, GazeHawk, and Formative Labs.
Companies can customize the plugin and will soon be able to add up to three questions for the applicant to complete, such as a candidate's willingness to relocate, option to add a cover letter, or customized questions. The plugin can be tailored to a company's existing applicant tracking service and may offer varying features based on their ATS partner.