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Should I Use “Apply With LinkedIn” When I Apply for a Job? | Job Search Radio

Do you think “Apply with LinkedIn” makes sense? Let me tell you my thinking.



There is a feature on LinkedIn called, “Apply with LinkedIn.”  People asked me whether they should use this function to apply for job.

Let me walk you through what this recipient receives when they use this feature and let’s see if you can figure out my thoughts.

1st of all, it delivers your name.  It provides the recipient with your email address and phone number.  It provides the headline beneath your name.  They receive your employment, job titles (just the title), no details.  That includes both your current and past employment.  No details.

Your education, but just the names of the colleges or universities you attended.  Recommendations – – how many people have recommended you, but not details of what they said about your recommendation.

How many connections you have.  That is what is delivered to people.

Do you think that makes a case for your candidacy for most of the positions you apply for?  Personally, I don’t because there is no information there. Other than very very basic LinkedIn stuff.  Name, the line underneath your name, contact information, where you been working, where you have worked in the past, etc.  This does nothing for you.  It does nothing for the employer, either because it does nothing to tell them whether you can do the job that you’re applying for.

Like with. Indeed, it is a flawed service. It offers speed but it doesn’t really help you, because there’s nothing tailored to the presentation to demonstrate how well you can do the job that you’re applying for.  Even if they include the description under the job title, it would do much more for you than what they currently provide. But, to me, it is not enough.

Indeed does more, but it is inadequate.  It provides the same ease of submission, but it is the same resume that you uploaded to them that is sent out to every job.

Over and over and over again.

Like the broken watch that is right twice a day, it will accurately represent you… Sometimes.  However, more often than not, it will in accurately represent your candidacy because, the fact of the matter is, you are not just an accountant, for the sake of argument, who has done such and such.  There is a nuance that was well.

You are not just an engineer who has done such and such.  There are nuances that are required for each job.

Everything needs to be tailored when you send it to a hiring manager, to an applicant tracking system or to an HR person to demonstrate how your experience fits.  Apply with LinkedIn just doesn’t let you do it.  If anything, it causes employers to have to reach out to you and they just are too busy to do it.  They are going to respond by saying, “Thanks for submitting your profile.  Send me a resume.”  It defeats the purpose, right?

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