LinkedIn has taken the next natural step in its business by allowing job seekers to apply for positions from their mobile devices. Search jobs and apply with a tap, sending potential employers your expression of interest and an invitation to check your profile. It sounds easy, doesn’t it?
This is, to be sure, a blade that cuts both ways. If you have a strong LinkedIn profile, one that is filled with relevant skills and results, one that is well-written and error-free, this could accelerate your job search. If, on the other hand, you have a lackluster profile, one that does not help you differentiate yourself, it will make no difference. Employers will ignore mediocrity where they find it.
Also, this app can have you destroy opportunities at record speed if your profile contains errors or factually incorrect experiences and skills. Search, tap, apply, and get rejected, all at Internet speed.
The early reviews are good, and if you are in job seeking mode now, it is worth a look. The tool is adaptive and will show you more relevant and interesting positions as you use it.
The takeaway is this: You have a cool new way to be considered for positions, but the same old rules apply. Your LinkedIn profile must be results-driven and error free. That has not changed.