Professional networking website LinkedIn has announced a partnership with Taleo, the biggest provider of job applicant tracking systems in the United States, to let job seekers use their LinkedIn data to automatically fill in routine biographical and work history information.
Taleo, according to human resources consulting firm Bersin & Associates, has captured 26 percent of market share in the applicant tracking systems sector, based on revenue.
Job applicants for the 5,000 odd companies that Taleo serves already have the option of auto-filling information on job application web pages using Taleo’s universal profile service. Soon, users that go to the career pages of these companies which include big names like IBM, United Airlines, and UPS, will see that they also have the option of auto-filling using their LinkedIn profile.
Users that go to websites powered by Taleo will have continue to have the option of uploading their cv, or manually entering in their information.
Karl Ederle, Taleo’s vice president of product strategy, explained why they partnered with LinkedIn: “We wanted to make it easier for candidates to apply for jobs and remove the friction in the process. We realize that people are digitizing their profiles and LinkedIn has critical mass.”
Taleo will release an updated version of its Enterprise software on September 23rd, and the LinkedIn option will then be available.