!Snap Emails Explained

Have you received a !Snap email from WOB and wondered why?  Well you would not be alone – as this recent post on WOB’s online community platform, WOBShare showed.

Let’s start with why we have !Snap

One of WOB’s key goals is to support members to access, apply for and ultimately achieve board and committee roles. !Snap emails enable this process by bringing available roles that match your profile to your attention. It’s our way of giving you a friendly poke to remind you that there are vacancies you should be applying for.

How did you match my profile and send me an !Snap email?

We match elements of your profile against various requirements of the Vacancy posting.  The more information you put into your My Profile, the better matches you will receive. Hint – we recommend you fill in any areas that have skills / experience in your board / committee roles and employment.

I have received more than one type of !Snap email?

There are two types of !Snap emails that you might receive:

  1. !Snap - you have been matched

This means the algorithm we run to match you has returned a score that suggests you are a match with the vacancy.  This means you match some or all of the criteria specified in the posting; including location.

ID 18699 Glengollan Village, Victoria was seeking a NED with experience / skills in the areas of Public Relations, Governance, Nursing, Property Development, Elder Care.

To be matched with this WOB vacancy you would need to have one or more of the skills (Public Relations, Governance, Nursing, Property Development, Elder Care) and be a resident of Victoria.

You would be matched  providing you profile satisfies the cut-off score chosen by the algorithm and the WOB Chair (this is the human intervention element). The matching algorithm is adjusted depending on the vacancy and the potential number of candidates that may qualify.  For example, if a vacancy wants engineering and governance, there is little point sending the !Snap to those with governance as a skill but not engineering.

  1. !Snap  - you may be a match

In this case the algorithm has been set to attract a wider audience.

For example, the Victorian government annually runs a campaign for health board members. There are typically vacancies on 90 hospital boards across all of Victoria. The selection criteria includes all of the skills required for all the boards.  In this case the location (Victoria) attracts a higher ranking form the WOB Chair than skills as the !Snap is an alert to:

  • make you aware of the vacancy,
  • encourage you to make further inquiries if interested, and
  • assist the Victorian government to reach a large number of female candidates.

How to improve my chances of being matched?

The best way is to update your My Profile and tweak it regularly to ensure your get ‘!Snap - you have been matched’ emails. WOB members who provide minimal information in My Profile will not get such good matches as those who do. Remember, the skills and experiences area in boards and committees are a key area. If you don’t have any boards, think about work or community related committees or working groups you have served on.

Comments from the network

"I find the Snap connections make me think outside the square at times, but never so far off the mark that I have been upset to receive them. I certainly don't think (or expect) that the Snaps are going to be a perfect match every time, but they are close enough to be of value and thoughtful consideration."

"I also wondered about matching …, but as I wandered around the website, I also found other bits and pieces that interested me.  It actually was helpful for me to look at all the Board positions being advertised..."

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