Employer and Jobseeker Messaging System enhancements

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.

compose-screen

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.

New internal messaging system for au pairs and host families added

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. As soon as a host family sends a message to a jobseeker, that host family is added to the jobseeker’s recipient list
  4. 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
  5. Both jobseekers and host families can block senders if they don’t want to receive mail from them anymore
  6. 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.

Au Pair Jobs on our Google+ Page

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 .

It’s also worth mentioning that we also have an account on Facebook, which you can find at https://www.facebook.com/aupairireland and if you prefer to tweet you can follow to our Twitter account at https://twitter.com/aupairirelandie .

Sorting Search Results by Jobseeker CV Popularity

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.

Download Free Au Pair CVs

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.

We will be adding more free CVs over the weeks.

Add private notes to Jobseeker CVs/Profiles

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’

Thanks again to Doireann, who gets free Premium membership next time she wants it! Remember, if you have any ideas for functionality, that you think would improve the site, let us know here: http://www.aupairireland.ie/blog/suggest-new-functionality-get-free-upgrade/77 , and if we implement that functionality we’ll give you free Premium membership too.

Promoting your Job Postings with Social Media

Using social media to promote your job

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 are now listing Au pair Agency jobs

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.”

You can see a full listing of the jobs currently available with Family Aupair here.

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.