Friday, 19 January 2018 10:28

SEEK and ye shall find a job with Amazon Alexa's help


The first Australian employment marketplace to embrace the skill of voice-activated job searching with Amazon Alexa is SEEK, with company reviews, job search skills and weekly employment market updates also available through Alexa.

SEEK users "will be among the first in Australia to access career, company and job updates and insights simply by using their voice", the company says.

It's all possible thanks to the Alexa Skills Kit, which is "a collection of self-service APIs and tools which enable developers to create new ‘skills’ for Alexa", and it has enabled SEEK to launch "a host of skills allowing its users across Australia to use voice search to job search as well as access unique insights to help inform career choices".

SEEK proudly boasts that it is "among some of the first Australian brands, and the first Australian employment marketplace, to build Alexa skills in Australia".

Michael Ilczynski, SEEK's A/NZ managing director, said: “Voice is without a doubt the next big technology trend. Being one of the first brands in the country to develop Alexa skills gives SEEK an opportunity to experiment with what type of career content resonates with users through voice search technology."

So, once Amazon Echos arrive in Australia in early February for consumers to buy, SEEK Company Reviews and SEEK Jobs skills, as well as weekly SEEK employment market updates, will all be available with Alexa, which SEEK says creates an "innovative and comprehensive job searching experience".

In addition, "any SEEK customer with an Amazon Echo will now be able to hear the latest jobs, find out what it’s like to work at a company and hear the latest employment news".

Ilczynski added: “We are incredibly excited to be the first employment marketplace in Australia to be able to offer voice activated job search and career insights for our customers with Amazon Echo and Alexa. Australian’s are engaging with SEEK for more than just active job applying which is why we developed SEEK Company Reviews and SEEK employment market updates for Alexa.

"This is a continuation of the commitment we have to investing in technology solutions that will connect Australians to the most up to date employment market and job information, to enable them to make informed career decisions.”


We're told that the SEEK Jobs skill with Alexa offers another way in which candidates can job search through SEEK. A job seeker can start by saying “Alexa, enable SEEK Jobs,” and then say; “Alexa, ask SEEK Jobs for Project Manager roles in Melbourne.” Alexa will then read out the most recent jobs and ask whether they would like the job emailed to them. Users can also receive the latest jobs by email, giving them more detail of the role they heard on Alexa.

SEEK Company Reviews

"The SEEK Company Reviews skill helps job seekers find the right company by sharing real reviews from previous and current employees to help them discover what it's really like to work there. Users can start by saying “Alexa, enable SEEK Company Reviews,” then say “Alexa, ask SEEK Company Reviews for [Company Name] ratings.” Alexa will then share the rating of the company they’re interested in working at and ask whether they would like further information emailed to them.

SEEK Employment Market Update

Finally, SEEK states that it has "strong engagement with people at all stages of their career, not just those actively looking for jobs. Through the SEEK Employment Market updates with Alexa, people can keep their finger on the pulse about the labour market broadly, receiving weekly news about what's happening in the employment market, in their local state, key industries, and the latest salary trends".

"This is a Flash Briefing Skill which can be enabled in the Alexa app. Once enabled, Users simply ask 'Alexa, what’s in the news', or 'Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing' to hear the latest update."


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