Professional social network LinkedIn is alleviating some of the headache around the job application process by letting its English-speaking members submit applications from their smartphones without the hassle of attaching a formal resume.
People who choose the mobile option will be guided through a short process that prompts them to review and update their professional social-networking profile. LinkedIn will then deliver the pseudo application, with the profile standing in for a more traditional resume, to the employer in question.
"We have heard from many of you that you want the ability to apply directly from your mobile device but that managing and editing resumes on a small screen can be challenging," Associate Product Manager Vaibhav Goel wrote in a LinkedIn blog post announcing the update on Monday.
The mobile addition simplifies the job application process for a growing percentage of LinkedIn's 238 million members who access the service from their smartphones. In the second quarter, the professional social network saw 33 percent of its unique visiting members coming through mobile.
Simple though the mobile process may be, there's no guarantee that employers will embrace the resume-less job application, though there does seem to be a job-hungry audience desirous of the speedy option. LinkedIn said that more than 30 percent of members who view jobs are doing so mobile.
The company is currently rolling out the new feature to English-speaking members using its iOS and Android applications.