If you have logged onto seek lately you will have more than likely noticed a new function referred to as a ‘Seek Candidate Profile’. The following will explain what a seek candidate profile is, the different settings that can be activated, and ways it can be used.
What is a Seek Profile?
A Seek candidate profile is essentially a very brief summary of your professional self. Your summary will usually entail your name, current employer, current status (location, role classification, job seeking status, and availability), and a downloadable version of your resume. This information will be visible (dependent on your settings) to approved employers.
Essentially your seek profile is stored on the seek database and employers are able to search for your information in an attempt to source talent. This function is used heavily by recruitment agencies. From an employer’s perspective the function is great as they can conduct really broad or really defined searches to source talent.
The function also shows employers how recently you have updated your profile (indicator of how long it has been since you were active in the market), as well as how receptive you are likely to be to being approached about a vacancy.
What can employers do with your profile?
Employers buy access from Seek (through the form of credits) as a means to access your profile and ways to contact you. Employers can send you an internal message, links to their available positions or choose to download your resume (and all your information) for their use.
Some employers (usually agencies) can choose to import your resume (and personal information) into their own database for future use. Essentially this can mean that your personal information can end up with multiple employers without your knowledge. Thus, they are able to contact you weeks, months or years down the track to discuss potential vacancies.
What this means for you?
A seek profile, if used effectively can be a great tool you can use to assist with your job search. You should ensure your profile is up to date (think current employer, contact details, personal details, availability and role classification). You should also double check that the resume associate with your profile is up to date and relevant for the positions you are seeking.
The Seek profile can also be a good way to be informed about the current job market through communications you may receive from employers and agencies and alike.
Controlling my Profile
There are 3 different seek profile privacy options that you have access to. These are standard, limited, and hidden. Standard allows employers full access to your profile and resume as well as the ability to contact you. Limited allows employers to view your profile but are unable to view or access your resume without your permission. Hidden means that employers are not able to view your profile or resume and are unable to contact you.
The standard setting could be appropriate for active job seekers and the limited setting for inactive employees in the market. The hidden setting is great if you want to have total control over who can access your information.