We’ve added some new functionality to the new messaging system, “Message Templates” have been added, these templates save you the trouble of rewriting commonly sent messages – for example, a “Thanks for your Application” message, to acknowledge receiving an application from a jobseeker. Message Templates are a more advanced version of our old “Screening Letter” functionality, which has been retired.
Before you can send your message templates, you must create them, we’ve added a sample template, which you can use, edit or delete. You are allowed to save up to five templates.
To send a message template select it from the “Select Message Template” menu, when you select it the message subject and content is added to your message, all you need to add is the recipient name
To edit/update a message, select the message from the “Select Message Template” menu, click the pencil icon, and you are taken to the Edit page. Edit your message template and click “Save/Update” when you’re done
To delete a message, select the message from the “Select Message Template” menu, click the pencil icon, and you are taken to the Edit page. Click “Delete” and the message will be deleted
To create a new message, you have two options – you can save a message you’re currently composing by ticking the “Save Message as Template after Sending” check-box, this will save the subject and the message as a template after you’ve sent the message. The second option is click the pencil icon, and you are taken to the Edit page. Click “New”, edit the new blank message template, click “Save” when you’re done, and the new message has been saved as a template.
We’ve just added a new internal messaging system that allows host families contact jobseekers, directly through the site. We recommend using this mailing system until you are comfortable enough with the person you’re dealing with, to send them your real contact details. We’ve tried to keep the functionality as simple as possible, but here’s a brief outline of how it works:
When a host family downloads a jobseeker’s CV that jobseeker is added to the recipient list on the host family’s new Compose Message page
There is a new envelope icon on the Downloaded CVs, and Shortlisted CVs pages beside each jobseeker’s mini-cv, clicking that icon takes you to the Compose Message page, with the jobseeker pre-selected on the recipient list
As soon as a host family sends a message to a jobseeker, that host family is added to the jobseeker’s recipient list
Both jobseeekers and host families receive an email alert, with message summary, every time a message is sent to them. These email notifications can be turned off in the user’s Update Details page
Both jobseekers and host families can block senders if they don’t want to receive mail from them anymore
The Compose Message, Inbox and Outbox pages all have standard messaging functionality (Subject, Message and Submit button, etc.) – nothing new to learn there
We’ll be adding to the functionality to this message system over the next few weeks but for now we want to keep it simple and see how it’s used. If you’ve any feedback on it, or would like to suggest enhancements, please post them below.
In an effort to reach as many candidates as possible we are now posting all our new job listings to our Google+ page. If you have a Google+ account why not add us, and have the jobs delivered directly to your account page. You’ll find us on Google+ by clicking this link .
We’ve added new sorting functionality on the jobseeker search results page.
This functionality allows host families list jobseekers by their CV’s popularity, as well as sorting the results by the most recently logged in date.
A jobseeker’s CV popularity is determined by the number of times it has been downloaded, and the number of times that jobseeker has been shortlisted. We’re assuming a higher percentage of shortlisting, is indicative of a quality jobseeker CV.
You’ll find the functionality at the top of the search results page in the members’ area.
We’re delighted to announce our latest site development, which is free au pair CVs.
As of today, host families (with either premium or standard membership) can download completely free of charge selected au pair CVs, with full contact details including telephone number, email address and Skype contact details.
The first organisation to partner with us in sponsoring their students’ CVs is Infinity English College, Dublin. Infinity English College will also provide a reference for their students to any host families interested in employing them.
Host families will now see a new “Free CVs” link, when logged in to their account, on their left-hand side navigation – clicking that link will list all free au pair CVs on the site.
Thanks to a suggestion from AuPairIreland.ie member, Doireann, we’ve implemented a new feature that allows host families add private notes to jobseekers’ profiles on the search results page, the shortlisted CVs page, and on the downloaded CVs page.
As you can imagine, this functionality would be useful for quickly noting important information that may be buried in a jobseeker’s CV, for example “Has first-aid qualification,” preventing you from forgetting, or overlooking, that information when you come back to review the CV again.
All notes are private – they can be seen by no-one but yourself.
To add a note, click the ‘Click to Add Private Note’ link at the bottom of the jobseeker’s mini CV, once you’ve added the note, click ‘Save Note.’
To edit or change a note, just click the note, edit, and click ‘Save Note’
I’ve added a small new piece of functionality that allows you promote your job on your preferred social networking site(s).
To access this functionality, just post a job as you normally would. Once the new position is posted click ‘Manage Jobs’ on your left-hand navigation. On the Manage Jobs page you’ll see various links for managing your job postings, and beneath those links you’ll see the new social icons. Clicking any of those icons will post your job title and a link to the job, to your account on that social network.
You can also use this functionality on existing jobs, just follow the steps above – click ‘Manage Jobs’, and then click the social networking icon – and you’ll be promoting your job instantly.
We have started our annual site (code) clean-up this week. Basically this means we’re going to be cleaning up the site’s code, and integrating further, any functionality we added in the last year. This work really shouldn’t impact users at all, however, if you do notice anything not working, or if you can suggest any way of improving anything, please let me know here. And remember, we’re always looking to add new functionality to the site, so if you suggest any, and we implement it we’ll give you free premium membership.
As part of our effort to bring more jobs to jobseekers, we’ve recently started taking jobs from Au Pair Agencies in Ireland and abroad. The first agency on-board is Spain-based http://www.familyandaupair.es/ who will be posting a selection of their jobs here on AuPairIreland.ie.
According to Susana Melendo, founder of Family & Aupair, “FAMILY & AUPAIR is a Spanish agency that brings Spanish families and international aupairs together. We provide guide an support throughout the programme.
We are committed to creating an unforgettable experience for the family and the aupair.
I am not just the founder of F&A, I have worked as an aupair in England. It was a unique experience that has continued to influence me throughout my life. I assure you that being an aupair will be a life-changing experience for you. It will give families and aupairs the opportunity to discover another culture, improve in another language, and open your mind to a different world view.”
On AuPairIreland.ie, jobseekers can apply for these positions in the same way they apply for jobs posted by host families, and they can also contact the agency, directly by email or through their website.
Jobs that have been posted by an agency are clearly marked, by a small green star icon, these positions are subject to the terms and conditions of the agency posting them.
If you own an au pair agency and you’re interest in posting your jobs here, or gaining access to our database of over 16,000 jobseekers, please contact us for details.
Thanks to feedback from Ruth we’ve improved our ‘Screening Letter’ functionality. Ruth found the screening letter functionality useful, but because she was sending so many screening letters she found that she was losing track of who she’d sent them to.
If you’re not familiar with the Screening Letter functionality you can read about it here.
Ruth suggested we add something that would indicate if we’d sent a job-seeker a screening letter, we thought this was a great idea, and, as promised in that blog posting, promised Ruth free membership next time she wanted to use the site again.
Now, after you’ve sent a job-seeker a screening letter, you will see that the ‘Send Screening Letter’ icon changes to a ‘Letter Sent’ icon. You’ll see this on your Purchased CVs page, your Shortlisted CVs page and on your search results pages.
If you can think of any way we can improve the site please post it below and if we use the idea, we’ll give you a free upgrade next time you want it.