Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying for a job, part of Learning LinkedIn Premium Career.
- After you've narrowed down your job prospects using the tools covered in this chapter, and you've done your research, you're now ready to apply for a job you've zeroed in on. There are two main ways for employers to accept applications for the jobs they post on LinkedIn. For example, for this job, we see a button that says Apply on Company Website. When I click that, I'm asked if I want my full LinkedIn profile to be shared when I apply for this job. Now, doing so increases the chance of my application being viewed, so it's a good idea to leave this option on. When I click continue, this takes me to a site off of Linked In.
This might be the company's website, or a third party service they're using to accept and process applications. Therefore, the exact process will vary, depending on the company or the service they're using. This is what the application process looks like for this particular job, but if I were to switch to another job and click the Apply on Company Website button the process might look completely different. Now, in some cases, the third party site will have LinkedIn compatibility built in. For example, if I click Apply Now, I have the option to create a Microsoft account, or I can use a LinkedIn, Google, or Facebook account.
If you choose LinkedIn, that will allow you to simply submit your profile, and possibly some additional information. In other cases you might have to fill out an entire application and submit a resume. But regardless of the case, you should be absolutely certain that your LinkedIn profile is looking as good as possible before beginning the application process, since chances are good that potential employers will be checking it out. I'm just going to cancel this for now. And we'll close that. Now, the other way employers can accept job applications is directly on LinkedIn. In those cases, you'll see a button labeled Apply or Easy Apply.
Now, clicking on Easy Apply opens a simple window that you see here. Your LinkedIn profile will be included with this application so again, be absolutely certain your profile is in top shape and includes all the information you want before applying for a job. Then you can edit and add information. For example, you could enter an alternate email address to be contacted at. You can add a phone number, if you don't already have one on your profile, and you can upload a resume by clicking Upload Resume. At the bottom here, you have the option of following this company, so anything they post on their account will show up in your feed, which is probably a good idea, since it's a company you're interested in potentially working for.
Lastly, for jobs where you can apply directly on LinkedIn, as a premium career subscriber, you'll see this option, enabled by default, to apply as a featured applicant. As a premium member, this option helps you stand out and increases your chances of being viewed. So once you've filled out all the information here, you can click Submit Application. Clearly, applying for a job through LinkedIn is much easier than going through a company or a third party website. But again, the big take away here, is to make sure your profile page is up to date, and in top shape before submitting any application.