Attention all lazy job seekers: your dream is finally here.
With unemployment at around 14% in Florida, it might be really tempting to try to click your way to a job. Sure you may get lucky…just fill the countryside with buckshot and hope that something falls from the sky. But I have always preferred rifle shot to buckshot, both when looking for work and when candidates are looking for work from me.
While I am not in HR, it seems like the greatest challenge facing job seekers today is to emerge from behind the firewall. To me this button could be just one more way to ensure you stay behind the firewall. Of course I am up for anything that helps people in their search to hire or be hired, but this button shows a prospective employer that:
– You are not uniquely interested in working with them.
– You are a button clicker and might be the same in your role.
– You are the same as all the other button clickers.
Finding employment is not like shopping on Target.com. You don’t want to just add your career to cart, review your order and check out, do you? You are more important than that.
Even without the Apply With LinkedIn button, look how ferocious the competition is. A friend of mine, Ivan Mlandenovic, CEO of Preemo, is looking to hire. Here’s what he had to say in response to LinkedIn’s new feature via Facebook:
There is one great feature about the Apply With LinkedIn button. “Once you submit your job application, you are given the opportunity to message your contacts at the company and ask for a referral.” That could come in real handy.
LinkedIn is a great resource on both sides of the job equation. I just don’t think you can just single click your way to a career, do you?