I recently discovered the “Easy Apply” button on Linkedin, and was amazed with the new feature.
What is “Easy Apply”?
You might have been familiar with the blue button that said “Apply” under the job descriptions posted on Linkedin, where you are then taken to a new site to add in all of your information, and if you are lucky, have Linkedin autofill some of the application for your. Now, Linkedin has a new feature where companies have the option to collect applications directly through Linkedin. This makes the blue button read “Easy Apply”. You can also filter your job posting results with this feature.
What does that mean for you, an applicant?
If you have a stellar Linkedin Profile, then you should definitely apply, as it will automatically send a document of your profile to the recruiter/company. Often times, you can also attach a resume which will be sent. “Easy Apply” makes applying to jobs easy and in turn, helps employers find more applicants due to the ease of use.
How can I make the most of this feature?
I’m glad you asked, and although I can tell you my thoughts, I also recently had my account restricted (see notes below) from what I believe was too many clicks on the “Easy Apply” button/saving jobs. However, Jamie, a Career Coach and writer of the website, The Prepary, has a great article about this you should check out.
What do you mean your Linkedin account was restricted?
By that I mean, Linkedin logged me out of my account and when I went to sign in, I received this message.
As you might have read from the visual, there is no select reason for my restriction under “Why did this happen?” and after reading the detailed User Agreement linked, I decided the only thing it could have been was me saving around 100 jobs and Easy applying to maybe 10 (ok, 30) jobs within a 3 hour span. This would qualify as me appearing to “use a bot” or “placing an unreasonable load on the server'” Among other ways to have your account restricted were adding connections who didn’t know you, posting offensive info, and of course, committing fraud.
To make matters worse, that lovely “verify your identity” button leads to a page where Linkedin asks for a picture of an official ID to verify your identity, and once they receive this, only then will you have an opportunity to appeal (that’s right, you still have to ask for your account back after that.)
Needless to say, if you have a click itch, Linkedin might not be the place to visit.