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What are the benefits of having a Trade Me Jobs profile?

Here's what a Trade Me Jobs Profile could do for you.

From banking to booking holidays, we do pretty much everything online these days. And the same is true of employers looking to find staff. Digital recruitment allows employers to quickly screen candidates and find the perfect person for their role, meaning it is now the favoured way for many companies to grow their teams.

For you as a job hunter, this provides great potential for getting your skills and experience in front of dream employers. A strong online presence can give you a real edge over the competition, so we’ve designed our Trade Me Jobs Profile as a means to help you do this.

But how can a Trade Me Jobs Profile help you stand out from the crowd and also make your life easier? Here, we’ll run through some of the key benefits of this platform as a means to grab an employer’s eye.

Why set up a Trade Me Jobs Profile?

1. So employers come to you

Thousands of employers use the Trade Me Jobs Profiles set up by our members to help them make their next hire. They can use this online database of job hunters by searching for keywords associated with job hunters’ skills, experience and job titles to find people who most closely match the requirements they have for their vacant position.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you create an effective profile, employers could actually come to you with positions they think will suit your interests and abilities, reversing the traditional hiring process entirely. If you’re actively hunting for a role, this can mean you’re less likely to miss out on potential opportunities if you overlook the listing when scrolling through Trade Me Jobs. Even if you aren’t actively looking to change roles right now, there’s nothing wrong with a little ego boost in the form of an employer telling you that you’d make a great addition to their team!

You'll need to keep your profile up to date to get the most out of it.

Importantly, you’ll need to keep your profile up-to-date if you want really relevant contacts from employers. As well as big changes, like a new job or a career change, it’s a good idea to regularly update the skills section of your Trade Me Jobs Profile when you do something like take an online course or adopt new responsibilities in your current role. The best way to think about it is to make your profile your online CV – you wouldn’t apply for a job with an old CV, so make sure you’re putting your best digital foot forward.

Finally, make sure you enter your contact details correctly, and keep these up-to-date if they change. Imagine missing out on your dream job just because you still have the number listed from the phone you dropped in the sea last summer. Ouch.

2. Be clear about what you want

As well as seeing what you’ve achieved to-date, employers also get a clear picture of what you want going forwards in your career. In the ‘My next role’ section, you can specify your preferred location, industry, contract type (e.g. permanent or part-time) and the minimum pay you’d accept.

Hopefully, this means that both you and any prospective employers start off on the same page when it comes to what you’re looking for, making for an open and honest interaction from the get go.

3. Have a CV built for you

On the subject of CVs, we know that writing a CV isn’t anyone’s favourite task, so why not let a Trade Me Jobs Profile do the legwork for you? Once you’ve filled in your profile with all of your skills, experience, education and personal details, scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll see a section entitled CV. Here, you’ll be able to download a CV that has already auto-populated with the details you’ve entered.

As well as using this CV to apply for jobs on Trade Me Jobs, you’ll be able to print this off and use it in other applications as well.

Your Trade Me Jobs Profile will create a CV for you automatically.

Again, just like with any CV, it’s really important that this is up-to-date, and that there are no typos or grammar mistakes in what you write. We’d recommend drafting up what you’re going to write in a Word document or similar first, and also getting a friend or family member to double check what you come up with before putting it out there for employers to see. That said, you can always hop back in and change things later if you decide you’re not happy with your first attempt.

4. Make applying faster

If you’re applying for jobs and you see a button that says “Apply with Trade Me Jobs Profile”, you can simply click it, and your application will go to the employer – easy as. While we highly recommend you don’t mass apply for roles you aren’t well suited to, when you do come across a great position with this option, having your Trade Me Jobs Profile set up and ready to go means you’ll be done and dusted in no time.

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