5 Easy Steps to Apply for Jobs on LinkedIn
If you see a job that you’re interested in as you search for jobs on LinkedIn, you can easily apply for it on LinkedIn. And while the actual application process can be quite seamless with the Easy Apply button, which I explain in today’s article, the hard part is making sure you are crystal clear about what’s required by the recruiter or hiring manager receiving your application, and that you’ve developed a resume and cover letter (depending on what they’ve asked for) based on these specific requirements.
Assuming you’ve taken the time to adapt and update these tools, here’s the 5 easy steps LinkedIn offers you to apply for jobs on LinkedIn.
1.Search for a Job on LinkedIn
To search for a job that suits your professional skills and specifications, click the Jobs icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage. You can use LinkedIn to search and apply for job opportunities that have been posted by companies and recruiters, based on a keyword, title, or location. In the Search jobs field, type a job title, keyword, or company name, and use the search location field to type a city name, state or country name. Your desired location may be pre-filled for you, but it can be updated by typing a different one into the text box. A dropdown list will appear where you can select your desired location.
Click search and then use the filters at the top of the page to further refine your search by:
- date posted
- LinkedIn Features (including In Your Network, Under 10 Applicants, and Easy Apply)
- Experience Level (and more)
Click All filters to view additional filter options and click the sort by dropdown at the top of your search results to sort your search results by relevance or post date.
2. Click on a Job Title to View Details
You will note that the number of days the job has been posted for is listed at the bottom of each job summary. You can also click on and save jobs that pique your interest, and you want to spend time reviewing and then adapting your resume for. You can save jobs above the job description. You’ll be able to access your saved jobs at any time to begin the application process.
3. Click the Apply or Easy Apply Button
If you see the Apply button you’ll be routed to that company’s website or job board. With the role featured above, the apply button took me to the Epworth website to continue the application process. In other cases, like the Widex role below, the job will feature an Easy Apply button where you can submit your application via LinkedIn.
LinkedIn provides the Easy Apply option to make the application process faster and easier for you. On the job posting page, you can click Easy Apply to directly apply to jobs hosted externally without having to leave LinkedIn.com.
Some employers use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to manage job applications and LinkedIn has several ATS partners to enable you to fill out job applications while remaining on LinkedIn.com. In these cases LinkedIn hosts the job application and you pre-fill information from your profile to make it easier and faster to apply. The application is then securely sent back to the company’s ATS.
4. Complete the Required Fields
When using the Easy Apply option, required fields may differ by job and may include Contact Info, Job Preferences, Resume, and Work Experience. Review the required fields carefully and take the time you need to take to consider your answers and the information you upload. Read through the requirements at least once and ensure you meet the majority of the selection criteria, as the information you provide will be used to assess your suitability for the next stage of the job application process. This next stage may be a phone, video or face to face interview.
LinkedIn also offers a saved answers feature to allow you to re-use your uploaded resume and other application information for future job applications. Beware of this option! Once enabled, LinkedIn stores and pre-fill answers for future job applications, which you can always review and update in applications before it’s submitted. During your first time completing an application you’ll be prompted to save your job application information (see image below). For future applications it’s essential you then adapt this information to ensure it’s as relevant as possible to each new role you apply for.
5. Click Submit When Finished
When using the Easy Apply option, click the submit button and your completed application is then sent to the specific company’s applicant tracking system and will be stored outside of LinkedIn.com. Depending on how the organisation has set up their notifications, you may also receive a confirmation or follow-up email with the status of your application. Some companies require job applicants to create an account before they can apply for a job in order to maintain a single unified record for each of those candidates. In some cases you may need to set up an account before applying for a job, and this will depend on the company to which you are applying. It’s therefore essential that you give yourself enough time to do this. Do not leave your application until the cut off date! Be an early applicant, as is the case with the Epworth role, which was only posted 2 hours before I viewed it.
Once you apply for a job, you can’t withdraw or modify your application submitted through LinkedIn. You’ll need to directly contact the job poster through an InMail. If you are a LinkedIn Premium Career account holder you can also highlight your application in the Featured Applicant section at the top of the applicant list. This means when you apply for a job on LinkedIn using Easy Apply, you’ll be featured in the applicant list being reviewed by the recruiter or hiring manager. This helps you stand out among other applicants. LinkedIn offers the Premium Career membership as a free trial. Find out more here.
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