Recent site down-time

For the past week or so our site has spent a lot of time offline, we apologise for this, but it has been totally beyond our control.

According to our site hosts, Digiweb.ie, it was due to a DDoS attack on one of their other hosted sites. Their support centre has said the issues have been sorted out now, however we have been told that repeatedly over the last 7 days, only to be disappointed within hours, so we’re not really holding our breath on the matter being closed.

We apologise for the frustration this must be causing, and thank you for your patience. If you wish to have your job posting or premium account extended to make up for the lost time please email us at [email protected]

Moving forward we are looking at moving hosts as soon as possible, however given the volume of server-specific custom code that make up the site, it’s probably going to take months rather than days.

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.

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.

Remember Me on login forms

This functionality is standard on the vast majority of websites now, so we’re not going to get too excited about it, however we’re posting this to let you know it’s there.
We’ve just added ‘Remember Me’ functionality to the login panels for both job seekers and employers. Ticking the box keeps you logged in for 30 days, even when you close your browser or turn off your computer. You can end the logged in session by clicking ‘Log Out’ in your side navigation.

This functionality is ideal for users repeatedly accessing the site from home or from their mobile device, however we don’t recommend users logging in from public devices use it.