LinkedIn, the business-oriented social networking site has developed a LinkedIn button that allows companies to integrate it into their website, in order to streamline the application process for prospective job-seekers.
Similar to Facebook and Twitter buttons, the Apply with LinkedIn button allows users to submit their LinkedIn profiles as their resumes and applications. Once submitted, it gives the user the opportunity to message anyone in their LinkedIn social circle who is associated with the company, letting them send a message to their contact person and referencing them in their application.
LinkedIn also allows the user to manage their list of jobs that they previously applied to with a “Saved Jobs” tab, so they can reference who has their application at any given time.
The LinkedIn application button wasn’t designed with just the applicant in mind, however. It was also designed to help streamline the process of sorting through applications on the company’s end as well. All of the applicants’ relevant information is uniformly displayed and easily searchable so people in HR can quickly sort out the qualified from the not-so-qualified.
However, while social media tools are designed to create time-saving measures to utilize the functionality of their websites, sometimes they can be counterproductive to what they set out to accomplish. Part of the screening process for a potential job is the customized, individualized cover letters, and specifically job-tailored resumes that help limit applicants to ones that are serious about the job and feel are qualified to take on the position. By streamlining this process down to the fast and easy process of merely ‘point-and-click’, there is nothing to prevent scores of desperate job seekers from applying anywhere and everywhere, in the hopes of landing an interview. This will make the screening process that much harder for companies looking for the perfect candidate. What was once maybe a couple hundred applicants may literally turn into tens of thousands.
But that isn’t to say this streamlined process isn’t useful if applied appropriately. Some industries, that already require very esoteric knowledge in order for anyone to even consider applying, can use the Apply with LinkedIn button to help make it easier for both the applicant and the company. The translation industry is one of these types of industries. Even if someone is desperate for a job, and the application process is simplified, unless they are really fluent in Russian, a non-qualified person would not even waste their time interviewing for such a position, since they would be found out almost immediately.
Legitimate translators and translation companies, however, both could benefit from a fast and easy application process. Since freelance translators often have to apply to numerous jobs a day, streamlining this process frees up their time to both spend more time on their translations, as well as look for more work. Likewise, with all of the numerous freelance translators vying for jobs, having a fast and easy approach to sort through their qualifications gives translation companies a much needed tool.