We recently updated our Profile feature for job seekers. In essence, it serves as both an online resume for applying to jobs and a member profile, and it’s important to understand both applications of the Profile if you are to get the most benefit out of our platform.
In order to apply to a job published by a WorkPEI member employer, you must first sign up for an account. Once you complete our registration form, you are taken to your Dashboard. Here you’ll find your Profile has been created automatically for you with the basic information provided during registration, however it is set to “hidden”by default.
To have it included in our database and available to employers seeking talent, you need to first edit it and then click Publish. When dong so you should update your information, such as your education, previous work experience, skills, certifications, contact information, etc. Once published, you have the option of using your Profile to apply to jobs or you can upload a resume. The employer receives an email notification with a link to view your online resume or the resume file you uploaded as an attachment.
What some job seekers may fail to realize, however, is that by publishing your Profile you’ve also submitted it to a searchable database available to over 1,000 employers. These employers can search your Profile by keywords, or within any of the fields used to populate your Profile. If your Profile comes up in an employer’s search results, the employer may choose to contact you through WorkPEI about a published job or a planned hire.
Pro Tip – Many WorkPEI employers search our profile database before publishing a job, and if they find eligible candidates within their search results, will reach out via email to discuss the opportunity directly. This scenario illustrates what is often referred to as the “hidden job market”.
If you’ve joined WorkPEI, or have considered doing so in future, it’s important to create a polished online Profile and to maintain it regularly. Keep time sensitive fields such as your employment status, type of employment you are seeking and your availability as current as possible, otherwise you may be excluding yourself from job openings. You should also update any recent training or work experience to make sure your information is a true representation of your knowledge and skills.
On WorkPEI, remember not to forget about your Profile. It’s the key to finding employment in PEI.