Tuesday, September 27, 2011

FAQ – When trying to create my profile I just see "please wait, updating information" and nothing happens.

Q – When trying to create my profile I just see "please wait, updating information" and nothing happens.  Is there a problem with BeFound.com.au

A – The simple answer is 'no', but there may be a problem with your Internet Browser.

When Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) and now Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) they made some changes – the reasons for which are best know only to themselves.

These changes mean some websites just do not work with IE8 and IE9. Microsoft obviously know that the changes they implemented have issues as they have provided users with an option to use what they call “Compatibility view”.

Anyway the technical reason for behind the changes in IE8 and IE9 and the reasons behind compatibility view are not really relevant, but it is important to switch "Compatibility View" on for BeFound.com.au

We run a lot of complex controls within our profile builder that IE8 and IE9 just do not ‘understand’, which is why if you are using IE8 or IE9, you should switch on the "Compatibility View".
This can be done from the Tools Menu item – about half way down the menu you will see ‘Compatibility View Setting’. You can switch the Compatibility View on from there.

Close your browser and try again and all will be working perfectly! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Once upon a time .....

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, lived Buzz Eeyaz. Buzz worked hard. He had built successful business. Such was his renown, he was becoming very busy, working harder and longer than ever before.

All this work meant he saw less of his family. Buzz decided to seek help.He went to visit the fabled Recruitment Hill where he met Rhys Hoarser, and the mystical Headly Hunter.

Rhys , dressed in a Teflon coated suit, stood in front of a locked wooden door holding a large rusty key.

“Behind our doors we hold the details of hundreds of people matching your requirements” he stated with an air of confidence “Sign this contract, cross my palm with silver and I will release some to you.”

“How much silver?” enquired Buzz.

“To start with, just enough to stop you from talking to Headly, but not too much to scare you off”

“Start?” Buzz said bemused “When do we finish”

“If you employ someone you must cross my palm with yet more silver.” Rex asserted.

Buzz wished he had the time to seek assistance himself, but alas he had not. The last time he had tried, his business was overwhelmed by the level of enquiry. He simply could not bear the intrusion on his time. He went on to meet Headley.

Headley stood amidst a vale of smoke surrounded by mirrors. A booming voice filled the air. “Behind my door I hold hundreds of people matching your requirements. I will release the best 2 to you. If you like them you must cross my palm with gold.” Buzz could not help picturing a scene out of The Wizard of Oz and chuckled to himself.

“Head Hunting in an art form – a serious and sometimes dangerous undertaking…”

Buzz had heard enough. Before Headly had finished Buzz was off down the hill feeling very annoyed.

He tossed and turned all that night. Just as he finally drifted off a faint green light appeared in the corner of the room. A kind, smiling face appeared in the shaft of light. “Hello Buzz” a gentle voice said softly “I’d like to help you. Take this looking glass. With it you will be able to see thousands of candidates including those held prisoner on Recruitment Hill.”

“And how much does this looking glass cost?” asked Buzz suspiciously.

“The looking glass is free. You don’t have to pay for it – ever. Use it as often as you need. Find people that you want – they’re out there waiting to be found.”

“Then what? ” Buzz thought “ When was she going mention the catch?’

“If you find someone you like and give them a job I’ll ask you to cross my palm with one piece of silver” came the calm response.

“So you’re going to give me this looking glass – for free – which allows me to look through the doors on Recruitment Hill and other doors besides. If I find someone using the looking glass and give them a job I pay you one piece of silver? Do you think I was born yesterday? What’s the catch?”

“The catch is this Buzz- there is no catch” the lady said with a direct an honest gaze. “ The only risks are you will have more time to spend with your family, you will spend less money in the process and you’ll get a good night’s sleep.”

FAQ – I already have a Resume. Why do I need to create a new one on BeFound?

Q – I already have a Resume. Why do I need to create a new CV on BeFound?

A – Creating a BeFound Resume is easier and quicker than you think. To speed things up you can even copy and paste information from your current Resume into the relevant fields. (If you do copy and paste make sure that you are dropping the information into the relevant/correct section).

There are a number of advantages to having a BeFound profile over text-type document Resume on a UBS key or a hard drive.
  • You always know where your most up to date resume is – i.e. on-line on BeFound.com.au. All you need is an internet connection you can log in, update, print or e-mail your up to date resume.
  • You do not need to worry about formatting.  All you need to do is enter the information into the Profile Builder fields and and the BeFound Profile Builder formats your profile – ensuring that all the font types and sizes are consistent.
  • Your BeFound profile is produced with best practice in mind making it easy for prospective employers to read and understand. We ensure that your profile flows and shows all the relevant information in a format that most employers want to see.
  • You CAN do it your self! Don’t pay a Resume writer hundreds of dollars for re-formatting your resume. Use BeFound for free!
  • By having a published BeFound profile you are also putting yourself our there – letting employers know that you may be interested in new opportunities – in a safe secure and anonymous way.
Overall, your BeFound profile should become your one and only Resume/CV. Come back to BeFound to keep your profile up to date and forget all those word versions of your CV on different UBS keys, discs and drives. Use BeFound and you will always know where to find your Resume.

You can even e-mail your BeFound profile to prospective employers any time any place using your iPhone and our iPhone App.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Employer FAQ – Do I have to come back and search every day?

Employer Q – Do I have to come back and search every day?

A – No. You can set up ‘Candidate mail’ alerts that will inform you when jobseekers with your pre-specified criteria create or update a profile.

You can use any combination of keywords, categories, industries, role and locations when setting up your candidate mail alerts. You can be as specific or as vague as you like.

You also have the option to select the frequency of the alerts from daily or weekly. Either way you will only receive an alert if jobseekers matching your criteria interact with BeFound.

Candidate Mail is a great way to keep up to date as people are registering and updating their profiles.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FAQ – How much does it cost to use BeFound.com.au ?

Q – How much does it cost to use BeFound.com.au?

A – BeFound.com.au if completely free to jobseekers. It is 100% completely free for jobseekers to register, create and publish an on-line profile.

Employers only pay once a placement is made. It is completely free for prospective employers to:
Employers only pay a fee once the placement is agreed. For permanent placements and direct casual employment agreements the fee is a one off single payment of $500 + GST.  Yes, that right!  No upfront fees.  No subscriptions.  No download fees.  Employers only pay for a win!

For contractor/labour hire agreements fees are worked out based on the rate expectations of the jobseeker. Fully inclusive contractor rates are published on the jobseekers’ profiles so there are no surprises for employers.

Monday, September 19, 2011

FAQ – What should put in my Profile Title?

Q - What should my BeFound profile title be?

A - The profile title is a searchable field when employers are working through the database so the better the Profile Title matches the job you want the better your chances of begin found.

Some examples of good Profile Titles:
  • IT System and Network Administrator - Windows and Linux
  • Administration and Customer Service Professional with MYOB
  • Retails Sales Assistant – Men’s Fashion
  • Hospitality – Front of House and Bar Manager
  • Bright and intelligent High Voltage Engineer
Never use your name or generic titles like:
  • Resume
  • CV
  • Profile
  • About Me
  • My portfolio
  • IT Resume
  • Retail CV
  • Etc….


Friday, September 16, 2011

Employer FAQ – We have our own candidate database. What value does BeFound add?

Employer Q – We have our own candidate database. What value does BeFound add?

A – Having an internal candidate database is a great idea and it is a great recruitment tool.

BeFound takes concept of jobseeker databases to the next level.

The problem with internal databases is that they quickly become out of date. Once a jobseeker has uploaded their resume there is no prompt or incentive to go back and update their account. More often then not it’s a case up “upload, leave and hope for the best”.

At BeFound we stay in regular contact with jobseekers giving them both prompts and incentives to keep their profiles up to date. BeFound is an interactive and evolving on-line profile tool for jobseekers – they have to engage and think about their profiles so they are more likely to keep them current and up to date.

The other thing that BeFound offers is access to candidates nationally and across all industries. For example, if a large bank was looking for a Grounds Keeper or Landscape Gardener for their head office site, it is unlikely that they would find such a person on their internal database. BeFound on the other hand contains profiles for all roles from CFO to Car Washer and everything in between!

By restricting your search to an internal database only, is restricting your reach. You are relying on jobseekers know a) about your company and b) that you have a database where they can register. BeFound is marketed in many ways to invite jobseekers to register, including TV, Radio, Print and Web-based advertising.

We attract a diverse range of people with a diverse range of skills.

BeFound should not be viewed as an alternative to your internal database; it should be viewed as a complimentary tool.

Search your internal dataset first. If you find someone – job done! If not – have a look on BeFound. It’s free to search so there is not risk and no cost. If you find someone on BeFound – great! If not them go through your normal marketing and sourcing processes.

The thing to realize about BeFound is that it only costs you the time to perform a few easy searches. If you find someone you have potentially saved a huge amount of time and money. If you do not find the right person all you have lost is 5 minutes of your time – you spend longer than that waiting in a queue for your coffee each morning!  Try it now!  Click here and see how easy it is.  You do not even have to register to search and browse.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

FAQ – I am not currently looking for a new job. What should I do with my BeFound profile?

Q - I am not currently looking for a new job. What should I do with my BeFound profile?

A – The first thing to note is that you do not need to delete your account and waste all the hard work you put into creating your BeFound profile.

There are a few things you can do to indicate to employers that you are not currently interested in new opportunities.
  • Change your Activity Status to ‘Inactive (not currently looking)’ 
  • Change your availability to ‘Over 4 weeks’
    Both these setting can be changed on the General information section of your profile
  • The other option is for you to remove your profile from the search results. This is very easy to do. Simply remove a piece of mandatory information and your profile will show as ‘incomplete’ and will not be available for employers to search. The quickest things to delete (and re-enter in the future) are your Work Preferences – Delete the values from one of the sections on this page and your profile will no longer be publicly available.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

FAQ – I’m worried that my employer will see me on BeFound.

Q - I’m worried that my employer will see me on BeFound.  Not really a question, but a concern that some jobseekers express when considering creating a BeFound profile.

A - Well, we thought of that and the chances of your employer actually finding and indentifying you are pretty slim.

Firstly, we automatically withhold your name, all contact information and your current employer from public view. As long as you do not repeat your name in the body of your profile and you do not refer to your employer by name in the details of your employment these will not be displayed.

Secondly, when an employer finds a profile they like the look of they cannot contact you directly. All contact is managed through us here at BeFound. So if by chance your employer was to find you and request more information, we would have a chat with you and go back to the employer telling them that you are not currently interested and they never find out who you are.

Although we cannot guarantee that your employer will not locate your profile and work out who you are based on your previous work history – the chances are pretty slim.

And at the end of the day ask yourself “Does it really matter if my boss knows that I have my profile out there?” In reality – probably not……

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FAQ – what sort of people are being found?

Q – what sort of people have been found?

A - Here is a small list of the types of people that have been found on BeFound.com.au:
As you can see it’s a very diverse list of people who have been found on BeFound.com.au!

Monday, September 12, 2011

FAQ – do employers use BeFound?

Q - do employers use BeFound?

A - In a word - “Yes”.  There are almost 500 registered employers on BeFound including:
The list goes on….. So the simple answer is “Yes. Employers are using BeFound.com.au.”

Friday, September 9, 2011

FAQ – what are my chances of being found?

FAQ – what are my chances of being found on BeFound.com.au?

An interesting question….  Your chances of being found depend on a number of factors:
  • What industry you work in
  •  How comprehensive your profile is
  • How well your profile is written 
  • How up to date your profile is
Essentially, the better your profile – the better your chances of being found. 

Treat your BeFound profile as your resume and include all relevant work experience, education, skills and foreign languages.  The more information you have in your profile the better.

Make sure your profile title and summary a catchy and descriptive.  This is the first thing that a prospective employer will see so make an impact.

Keep your profile up to date – the last time you updated your profile is displayed when employers search.  They are less likely to request profiles that have not been updated for 6 months.  If you have not updated your profile for over 12 months it will not actually appear in the search result – another good reason to keep it up to date!

Make your profile as good as it can possibly be and your chances of being found will increase dramatically, so why not log on and update your BeFound profile today!

Friday, September 2, 2011

FAQ - can I upload my own CV?

Q - Why can’t I just upload my current CV?

A - If you are looking for a dump and run site where you simply upload your Resume & forget about it and hope for the best BeFound is not for you.

If you are serious about finding a job and are willing to devote a bit of time to creating and maintaining a professional on-line profile – BeFound.com.au is the place for you!

There are a few of reasons why we do not allow job seekers to simply upload a Word or PDF Resume…..

Having to interact and create a BeFound profile shows prospective employers that you have given the process some thought and pout some effort into actually creating a BeFound profile. The importance of this to prospective employers cannot be underestimated. The employers who use BeFound are looking for quality employees not just a Resume database for a mailing list.

Asking job seekers to complete a standard BeFound profile means that we can control your privacy. The software withholds certain information about you and your current employer to make sure that your personal information and your integrity is maintained. Allowing job seekers to upload Resumes in various layouts and file formats would make it impossible for us to protect your personal and contact information. Controlling the input fields also means that we are able to control which fields are ‘searchable’ and which are not – helping employers to find relevant profiles quickly and easily.

The BeFound Resume builder is designed in a ‘best practice’ format which is easy to read and understand. This means that prospective employers can quickly identify relevant profiles and do not have to spend too much time and effort sorting through (sometimes) irrelevant information which sometimes appears on a Resume.

Ultimately, you should be able to ditch all the other version of your Resume altogether and simply use your BeFound profile as your only Resume.
  • Update it.
  • Maintain it.
  • Change it as you change jobs and as you move through your career.
  • Your BeFound profile should grow with you.
Did you know that you can use your BeFound profile to apply for any job? You can e-mail a PDF version of your profile to anyone you like and you can even use your iPhone to send your profile to prospective employers using our iPhone App.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

FAQ - number of profiles?

Q - Why does the number of profiles go down as well as up?

A - The job seeker profiles on BeFound are controlled by the users (job seekers).  Job seekers can 'un-publish' their profile by removing certain information.  The number of profile shown on BeFound reflects the number of published profiles and this number is updated in real-time as job seekers publish or un-publish their profiles - and the number of published profiles can go down as well as up.

Your FAQs answered....

Over the next few posts we will aim to answer some FAQs to help you understand exactly how BeFound works and to help you get the most out of your BeFound experience.