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Welcome back to JobSeekr.

So you've had a look around and noticed some changes. What do you think? We've just had a small makeover, but JobSeekr is more than simply a blog with a template, posing as a job board. From the very beginning our mission has always been to make job seeking simple, so we painstakingly designed the whole platform from the ground up with the user in mind.

One of the ways we planned to simplify job seeking was with matching. Just because you're the job seeker, why should you always have to search for the jobs? Why can't the jobs search for you? Well today we're one step closer to making that possible. Many users contacted us asking for notification features whenever there are suitable positions available, but for us to do a good job at that first we need to know more about our users. That's why today we are introducing more comprehensive JobSeekr profiles. By filling in your seeker profile with relevant job seeking information, those jobs you're interested in will soon be able to find their way to you. For this to work you need to provide accurate information about your job seeking activities. JobSeekr will protect and process the data legally, and in accordance with the strictest codes of conduct. Keep checking the JobSeekr blog often for more updates, but here's what to do for now.

Edit Profile

Start by clicking the cog next to your name in the top right corner of the page, followed by Edit Profile. You'll be presented with a simple interface to enter your job seeking information. The more you describe yourself and your talents, the better matched you'll be. You want to remain professional, yet still sell your strong points.

The following are some points JobSeekr would like to make about the matching process: Good information is that which is accurate and most relevant when up-to-date. By checking in regularly you can ensure your job seeking information, such as visa status and industry selection, is up-to-date and ready for matching. JobSeekr protects your data using the best security practices and latest open source software updates. You needn't worry about sensitive information being saved in plain text, being transferred over unsecure connections, or being leaked due to mishandling. More technical information about our security practices will be available in future blog posts.

To whom your information is made visible, however, is also an important decision, and one in which we believe you should definitely play a part making. Privacy is an issue we don't take lightly. All profile information by default is visible only to the user who owns it. Even during matching when data is processed by algorithms, the data is managed by you and is not shown indiscriminately to other users. Lastly, to maintain a degree of anonymity we recommend you avoid sharing overly personal information, outside of the designated profile boxes, that can be used to identify you, such as email addresses or actual names. Companies, job titles and dates of work, however, can be helpful.

In summary, the following three points are the pillars of JobSeekr matching:

  1. Accurate and up-to-date information
  2. Safe and secure data handling for user privacy
  3. Automated and relevant matching

Let's get into the meat and potatoes of seeker profiles. The first tab you will see on the Edit Profile page is General. General information is what every user inputs about him or herself and includes an Introduction text box to enter a brief personal introduction of less than 500 characters, which may be used during job matching. If you login via a social networking service, this information might already be populated for you. If the information is inaccurate or you would like to amend it, you can do so at any time by returning to the Edit Profile page. Some social networking services do not always provide a large enough profile photo, so we recommend you upload your own that you deem professional. Remember to save after editing each section.


Now let's take a look at the next and most detailed tab, Skill. At the top of Skill is a section for choosing Industries. Industries are areas of work that represent the jobs available in particular markets. JobSeekr has purposely kept the list small enough to be viewable in one scroll, so please choose the industries that best match your skill set. In addition, these are the same industries that recruiters use to create jobs and search for job seekers, so you'll definitely want to pick the industries you are interested in.


You may add or remove industries at any time, but beware the text you enter is not saved when industries are removed. JobSeekr will assume the industries you have chosen are in order of preference, with the primary industry at the top. You can move industries into the correct order by clicking outside the text field and dragging the whole box into the correct order.

Certain industries also have additional sections attached to them, which are a way for you to paint a more detailed picture of your skill in the field. For example, the writing industry opens up Writing Samples. We'll go over these additional sections below.

Below Industries are Languages. Languages are the most important way for you to indicate not only your proficiency in certain languages, but also your regional dialect. This information is captured within brackets, such as English [New Zealand]. Languages give recruiters an idea of your ability to communicate in different languages and help you get matched with jobs that require your linguistic ability.

You will notice that there are 7 levels of proficiency, from Native to Beginner (Lower). We advise using a conservative estimate of your proficiency, so as not to disappoint later. Native in particular should be used sparingly, and typically only once, except in the case of grammatically perfect bilinguals. Often, Advanced (Upper) should suffice whenever fluency is meant. Even when job descriptions state fluency, they often mean strong proficiency rather than nativeness, the latter implying very rigid criteria in some industries like teaching or editing. In most cases, your citizenship or other educational experiences should provide some additional indication of your potential proficiency.

Languages & Physical Appearance

Under Languages is Physical Description, one of the additional sections added by certain industries. Physical Description is only available and used in industries where physical appearance plays a useful role during job seeking.

There are three placeholders that images can be uploaded into: front facing, profile, and body length. If you want to change the image, just click again and upload a new one.

The drop-down menus below are an additional way to provide information about your physical appearance that isn't necessarily apparent from the images. JobSeekr has again kept the colour options limited in order to facilitate more relevant matching.

To delete any of the information stored in the additional section simply remove the relevant industry and it will disappear, after which you can re-add the industry and start again.

The last section in the Skill tab is Writing Samples. Like Physical Description, Writing Samples is one of the additional sections that is only available to users who have selected certain industries, such as translation or editing etc. The text boxes can be used to included explanations as well as the actual writing sample. For translation, the first box could be used for the source text and the second for the target text. A third box could be used to include an explanation of the translation project completed.


The last thing to do after editing each tab is to press save. This is particularly important after editing Skill as it would be a shame to lose any of that beautifully input information.

After editing the Skill tab we can move onto Immigration. This tab contains all the important legal information that recruiters want to know about. Often citizenship of a certain country or a particular visa type is required for some jobs, so this information helps match job seekers with jobs they are eligible for and avoid those they are not. This is because despite being perfectly qualified with much experience, if a job seeker doesn't possess the requisite visa then performing economic activities in certain industries can become tricky.


Lastly for now is the Contact tab. This is a straightforward area for job seekers to add their contact information. When the time comes for you to connect with a recruiter, you will be in control of which information is exchanged on an equal footing e.g. email for email, or mobile phone number for mobile phone number, etc.


So that's it. That was a short walkthrough of the Edit Profile page and your profile information. Our next blog post will explain more about how exactly your profile is used in matching and what information is available to recruiters.

JobSeekr will never, ever make your personal information known to third parties outside of the site without your express consent. What we do instead is automatically personalize your job list or push jobs to you that match your criteria. So if you speak English, Korean and German and studied marketing, we might show you a company looking for a trilingual social media specialist.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the profile page now and start tailoring your seeking information: https://jobsee.kr/profile/update



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