Nick Corcodilos, Mr. Ask the Headhunter, wrote a long post about this button. He starts with:
I don’t know who I feel more sorry for: Job hunters or employers. LinkedIn has introduced a new button that lets you instantly apply for a job — no resume, no cover letter, no effort. It’s instantly dumber for everyone concerned.
What’s the problem with this idea?
We can now sit in our skivvies and thoughtlessly, tirelessly, effortlessly throw our hat in the ring.
That’s the problem.
Candidates will get lazy (hey, I applied to 1,000 jobs today. I don’t have time to network, or pick up the phone for anyone!).
Employers will get even more overwhelmed with unqualified mismatches for a posting.
Nick’s post is long, so I’ll make mine short. Read his. Then, read the comments. Especially from Sherry Lynn, who disagrees, and then read the comments after hers. Great stuff!