August 6, 2013
LinkedIn Mobile App Lets Users Apply For Jobs Via Smartphone
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Last month, LinkedIn unveiled new updates to its mobile app that let users search for jobs from their smartphones. On Monday, the company added more new features to the app, including the ability for jobseekers to apply for those positions from their smartphone, with the option of using their LinkedIn profiles as resume proxies.
"We have heard from many of you that you want the ability to apply directly from your mobile device but that managing and editing resumes on a small screen can be challenging," wrote Vaibhav Goel, associate product manager at LinkedIn, in a blog post.
"With that in mind, we're introducing the ability to apply for jobs without a resume attachment from mobile."
Goel said nearly one-third of members who view jobs on LinkedIn are doing so from mobile devices.
"We're seeing members who never view jobs on the desktop, viewing and saving jobs on mobile."
To use the new features, jobseekers simply open the LinkedIn app and select the "Jobs" tab to search for a position that meets their requirements, or they can select a position from LinkedIn's personalized recommendations. Every listing will include the option to either "Apply" or "Save" for later. Some positions will include an "Apply on Company Website" button which requires users to apply through the hiring company's career website.
Users can opt to edit their profile directly from the app before submitting an application, or merely click "Next" to get to the final screen to confirm their email address and phone number. Once the "Submit" button is selected, LinkedIn electronically delivers the application to the employer.
LinkedIn said the service would be rolled out globally, starting on Monday with English-speaking members. The most recent version is available for free download in Apple's iTunes Store and Google Play Store.
LinkedIn has released a number of mobile and Web updates in recent months, including rich media capabilities and new features to view "Jobs You May Be Interested In," "Who's Viewed Your Updates," and the sites "You Recently Visited."
The company has provided a step-by-step overview of its mobile job application process here.