Microsoft Outlook could quite possibly be the biggest tragedy in Recruitment. Why? Quite simply it was never designed as a CRM tool nor as an Applicant Tracking System. It wasn’t even until Office XP (2002) that you could search the content of attachments.Add to this mix 10 years of emailed applications at let’s say 30 CVs per day and you’ve got another nightmare. Have you ever heard a recruiter say the words ‘Just send it to me again to speed up the process..’ ? Great way to lose a VIP candidate your predecessor hired.There are a lot of web apps available on the market now which solve the age-old problem of simply keeping in touch for recruitment companies and candidates. I’m especially interested to hear from vendors who have built in Employer Participation into their Agency apps. I’m sure this would expedite the recruitment process. Why engage the client in unnecessary dialogue if the employer-client can help create the shortlist in the first place? That would cut down on agents reading and deliver a better result, I guess that’s something of a classic Extranet.
Here a screenshot from recruiterbox I am playing around with at the moment which seems to address that very point.
Down the track I’ll be reviewing some of the more sophisticated developments with NYC Recruitment Database Specialist Kendra Von Achen.So in addressing the issue of CV mismanagement via Outlook, any modern ATS should include the capacity to 1. allow others to assist in the shortlisting of CVs without re-sending the document internally or externally to the employer and :
2. conversely allow the funneling of applicants’ documents into the platform from email or any 3rd party job board, as in the picture.
The third obvious mandate would be a degree of integration or promotion with the Recruitment Killers. After all, if you can’t beat them, join them. It’s a case of Comply or Die.See how we can increase our turnaround on candidate delivery? We save hundreds of hours per year sifting through the mountain of CVs alone, and sending the same files around the office.If you’re looking for a cost-effective way of integrating Outlook and offering some form of client-interaction in your applicant shortlisting process without engaging another system then we can extend DataHelpDesk’s Hosted SharePoint Solution, offering security through clear segregation from your corporate network. The beauty of SharePoint in this scenario is that Microsoft’s Office and Email Items are native to Sharepoint. CIAO