Sunday, May 31, 2020

5 Hidden Jobstreet Features That Can Help in Your Job Searching Experience

Jobstreet remains the most popular job search website despite so many new job portals that appeared lately. This is because Jobstreet is easy to use and they have a large network of employers that have been advertised with Jobstreet for years. Over the years, Jobstreet keeps improving and adding more features that you can benefit from. So, here are the under-utilized features of Jobstreet that we want to highlight in this post.

1. Upload resume

The "Upload Resume" function is very useful and I always advise everyone NOT TO SKIP this. Although Jobstreet provided you the convenience of filling in the text fields for your personal attributes and working experiences, there are a lot of details that missing out. By relying on the Jobstreet form, you will miss out on important details that might increase your chances to be shortlisted for an interview. As a recruiter, some key information that I can't find on the Jobstreet template are:
  •  CGPA - very important for fresh graduate
  • The industry you are working on currently - the Jobstreet template only allows you to put your company name. As a recruiter, I can't figure out whether Thong Seng Sdn. Bhd. is an electronic company or a bakery or a PR company. 
  • Projects that you have completed 
  • Achievements you gained through your employment
As a fresh grad, I think it is important to highlight your final year project and CGPA (if it is high). If you have a low CGPA, be sure to attach your academic transcript together with your resume in one file so that the recruiter can see what is your strength. 

And for experienced candidates, it is good to attach your certificates of training, for example, the Project Management certification is very important for some projects role. 

Fully make use of the Upload Resume function by attaching important certificates together with your resume in one document. 

2. Company Profiles

You can check out the background of the company you are applying through the Company Profiles. You can find this at the bottom page of the main landing page (not when you're logged in). The reviews are from the employees who legitly worked or currently working in the company. Otherwise, other non-related users aren't allowed to tamper with the review, hence you can expect first-hand insights to the reviews. 

How to use the Company Profiles section highly depending on what you seek. For example, you can compare the company with its competitor to see which company is better. Or you can compare the company you are applying with your current one. However, I would like to remind you that this is merely the employee's review and the comments are personal and may not reflect the actual working environment of the company. You can use it as a reference but not a bible to understand the company background. 

3. Career Insights

The Career Insights page link is also located at the bottom of the main landing page. This is a salary benchmarking section where Jobstreet compares data from the salary offered on the job posting page and match it with the job seekers' salary that we input on our profile. I often use this tool to figure out if:
  • Am I being paid fairly in my position?
  • What other companies are paying for my role based on the experience that I have?
  • What is the job prospect of my current role in terms of salary?
  • Should I focus on my area of specialty or broaden my role as a generalist?
  • Should I change my current industry? 
  • When looking for a new job, is my expected salary within the reasonable range?

Here is an example of how to form a summary from the Career Insights. If you have a Software Engineering Degree, chances are you have a lot of career direction to go to. When you refer to the Career Insights, you can see that the average salary of the Software Engineer is at RM3,900, whereas the Solutions Consultant average salary is at RM5,900. This is because the Solutions Consultant role is a combination of software + customer service + sales, hence it will be paid higher than a Software Engineer. 

4. Jobs by Specialization

The Jobs by Specialization page is a page that gathers all the live job posting on Jobstreet. If you are wondering why I pick this as one of the hidden features because you can search for the job via the "Search Job" tab. The Search Job vacancies are results of your search when you key in the specialization or location. However, the Jobs by Specialization gives you an overview of all the jobs. 

In a glance, you are able to tell if the specific industry or specialization is a high demand job or not. If there is a low vacancy posted within your industry, and you have a very specialized skills in that area, it is best to hang on to your job. 

5. Laws of Attraction

This is actually hidden from all the jobseekers because it is located inside the Employers tools. So, you need to click on the Employers button on the landing page. This feature just launched this year and it is a big data analysis portal for Employers.

Once you're in it, find the Laws of Attraction section somewhere in the middle of the page. Click it and you will be guided to the Laws of Attraction portal. 

As I've mentioned, the Laws of Attraction is the use of big data by employers. Within the Jobstreet database there are millions of data points from the job postings and also the job seekers information. Jobstreet is kind enough to combine all the data gathered and form an information portal which they called Laws of Attraction. 

For example, if you click on the Hotel / Hospitality industry, you are able to access summary and insights into the industry.

You can use the Laws of Attraction to:

  • Understand your competitors (other job seekers) priority when looking for a job
  • Is your current industry a sunset or sunrise industry
  • If you are looking for a job in a different industry, should you attempt to join a new industry?

The Laws of Attraction is just an information portal. How you want to use that information is depending on your need and how you analyze it. 

We hope that this post is useful. Do return in a few days to find out how your job application looks like to Employers on the back-end of Jobstreet interface. 

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