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My Profile Help

This page provides some useful FAQs, hints and tips to get you started with My Profile.

Frequently Asked Questions

My Profile is your dynamic online CV which you can easily edit and share online. Once complete, you can apply for jobs using your profile or your uploaded CV as you always have. If you make yourself searchable, potential employers will view your profile before downloading your CV.

Your profile is automatically populated when you upload a CV. Alternatively, you can create your profile by importing profile information from Linkedin or Facebook. You can also start from a blank profile.

Validating verifies that you have reviewed the information in your profile and that you are happy everything is correct. To validate you will need to provide your full name, your home or preferred location as well as details on your latest job or preferred roles and a brief summary about yourself.

Your profile is what potential employers view before downloading your CV. Validating your profile increases your chances of being found for a job that best matches your skills.

Your CV was extracted by a computer process which does not always display the information as you intended.

Recruiters/Employers require candidate details in a structured format so they can efficiently search the data before downloading CVs that meet their requirements. All Job Boards provide the data in this format by automatically extracting the information from CVs. The import is performed by an automated computer process which means it is not always perfect. Your details can display out of order or even be missing.

The best way to make sure it is 100% accurate is to show it to you and get you to validate the details. No other job board does this.

Your Job Seeker Status lets recruiters know how actively you are looking for a job. Make sure that you choose a relevant Job Seeker Status if you have requested your details to be 'searchable'.

  • Actively Seeking: you are actively searching and applying for jobs.
  • Open to Offers: you wish to be contacted about suitable roles.
  • Not Looking: you are not actively looking for a new job.

Yes, you can still store your CVs and use them to apply for jobs as you always have. You can now also use your profile to apply for jobs.

Useful Tips

When recruiters search for people with your skills and experience they use keywords and search terms to find you, such as skills and job titles. To ensure that you are returned in their results, make sure that you think carefully about the words you use in your profile. Be specific about your key skills and experience and think about the words that appear in job descriptions of roles that you are interested in.

Although it is important to include lots of good quality information about you, it is also important that the key information stands out and that the amount of detail is just right. Make sure that the most important information about you is mentioned first. Recruiters will look at your profile and make a decision about you within just a few seconds, so make sure your current skills and work experience stand out and are not buried within a 3,000 word essay.

It is important that you check that your information is accurate and complete in every section of your profile. If your information is extracted from a CV or imported from Linkedin or Facebook there is a chance that the information may not be displayed exactly how you expected it. Checking and validating your profile ensures recruiters see the information you want them to.

CV extraction is done by a computer process which does not always display the information as you intended.

Recruiters/Employers require candidate details in a structured format so they can efficiently search the data before downloading CVs that meet their requirements. All Job Boards provide the data in this format by extracting the information from CVs. The import is done by a comupter process which means it is not perfect. Your details can display out of order or even be missing. The only way to make sure it is accurate is to show it to you and get you to validate the details. No other job board does this.

To make your profile work for you, ensure that you return often and update it with new experience and skills. If you have not been as successful as you hoped, consider including more skills or re-wording your descriptions of previous work.

If you decide to include a photograph on your profile, make sure that it is professional and avoid using avatars or amusing images.

This is a summary of all the information in your profile and is where you will capture the attention of a recruiter. It is important to make sure your preferred locations are included and your availability is specified. This section also includes an introduction about you which is an opportunity to represent yourself. Keep it brief, relevant and impressive.

Make sure that your top skills are accurate with dates and include comments about your experience. Adding rare skills will help you stand out from the crowd. We recommend listing between 10 and 20 skills. More than this may make it difficult for a recruiter to focus on your key skills. The skills you provide are listed alphabetically so they are quick and easy to find and your current skills are displayed in bold so they are more noticeable.

List all important and relevant work experience. Use the description field to explain the details of what you did in the role. Make sure the details about your recent jobs are accurate and competently describe your responsibilities. Include your achievements in the roles and the result of the achievements (e.g. increased productivity or sales).

Make sure that you list your most recent qualifications and courses first. Don't forget to include courses that will show your depth of experience and that they have helped you progress in your career.

You can use this section to include relevant outside interests or activities which demonstrate attributes about yourself that will benefit a potential employer or support your job hunting. Only include things that will help a recruiter assess your suitability for work that you are looking for.

Other Questions

If you have any other questions or issues that are not answered above, please contact us by email or telephone.