One of the easiest ways to apply for a job is through LinkedIn.
There are thousands and thousands of companies that have LinkedIn pages, and many of them use LinkedIn as a recruiting tool. If a company wants to post jobs on LinkedIn they can either A) Post a link to the job that they are hiring for and this link will redirect the user to their own site or to their job posting site, or B) They can collect applications and recruit eager applicants directly through LinkedIn (no middle man involved).
For many companies the second option is the easiest and simplest way to recruit new employees – especially when recruiting tech savvy employees. This second option allows LinkedIn users to easily apply for jobs with just a few clicks of a button.
That’s right, with the second option Easy Apply, LinkedIn users don’t have to spend all of their freakin time filling out long ass applications that can take a forever and a day.
Finding jobs with the Easy Apply feature is very simple too. Once you are logged into your LinkedIn account, click “Jobs” at the top of the page and then search for the job you want. After that, all of the jobs that match your search criteria will load. Any job that has the LinkedIn symbol with “Easy Apply” next to it are jobs with the Easy Apply feature.
I have personally used the Easy Apply feature as an applicant and I have to admit, it is super easy and user friendly – especially if you use the Easy Apply feature through LinkedIn’s mobile job search app.
Because LinkedIn’s Easy Apply feature is soooooo easy and simple (I mean, my 2 year old niece could easily navigate this feature and apply for a job), companies typically get ALOT of applicants.
Here are the top 4 things you can do to make sure your application through Easy Apply stands out and grabs the attention of the recruiter.
1. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete BEFORE you apply
The first thing a recruiter will do after they receive your Easy Apply app is look at your LinkedIn profile. Before you start applying to jobs, you need to make sure your profile is good and accurate AF. In other words, your profile picture should be on point, and all of your jobs and relevant skills should be listed with keyword rich descriptions.
2. Go ahead and customize your resume
Although including your resume is not mandatory for most Easy Apply jobs, attaching a customized resume will help you stand out from the other Easy Apply applicants. Just like you would do with any other job you are applying to, you should ALWAYS customize your resume. It doesn’t matter if you are applying for the job on the company’s website, Indeed, or through LinkedIn, customization is key.
3. Don’t forget the cover letter
If you REALLLLLY want to boss things up, you should even write and include a customized cover letter for the job you are applying to. Since Easy Apply only gives you the option to upload one attachment, include your cover letter in the same PDF file as your resume so that it’s a single document to upload.
4. Be the follow up King (or Queen)
By now from reading our career articles, you have learned that we wholeheartedly believe in the beautiful art of following up. For most companies, they get hundreds of applicants after posting a single job, so why not do as much as you can to stand out? For some Easy Apply job postings, you can see who posted the job or who is the recruiter. If not, just do your research on LinkedIn, and ‘m sure you can find the right person to contact. Please note, finding a contact on LinkedIn probably aint too hard for ya’ll – If you can find your boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend from 10 years ago profile on IG, you can use those same research skills to find the recruiter for the company.
After you apply, follow up with a nice, thoughtful email (or in-mail), letting them know that you have applied and that you are eager to discuss the position with them.
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