Improvements To Our Recruitment Software

July 13th, 2016

Our development team has just launched another update which includes these improvements:

  • Improved email templates to save you even more time when sending regular emails.
  • New built-in HTML editor for fancy job descriptions.
  • Improved pipeline makes it easier to edit multiple candidates at once.
  • It’s now easier to enter a candidate’s social media when adding their record.

Feedback so far has been amazing, all of these improvements had been requested by our customers. We always listen and base our development of the recruitment system around what you need to make your job easier.

Our team is now busy working on the next improvements to our recruitment software which will be released shortly.

Latest Improvements Released

May 28th, 2016

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on improvements to Recruit So Simple which have now been released to users, they include:

  • Job titles are much easier to enter in the system, they are now free-text fields that will additionally prompt you with suggestions as you type.
  • Security has been improved by increasing the complexity requirement for user passwords.
  • Interface and performance improvements to make the system even easier and faster to use.

Our development team has already begun on the next lot of improvements to the system which are due to be released in the next few weeks. Changes to our recruitment software are driven entirely by user feedback, which is so important in helping us make Recruit So Simple even more feature-packed and easier to use.

Applicant Tracking Software – questions we wish our clients would ask

May 5th, 2015

When we sell applicant tracking software (ATS) to customers we spend a lot of time making sure they get exactly what they need – our combined decades in software development give us a lot of insight into what clients need from applicant tracking.

They always have questions about how our applicant tracking software will speed things up and the answer is twofold – first it’s an efficient system for finding evaluating and interviewing talent, second it improves the experience for candidates, making you a popular company to apply to. In the long term, ATS gives you a better profile as an organisation as well as a better chance of sourcing and bringing on board the best talent.

Then there are the questions we need to ask them:

  • What are their current recruitment needs? How many people do they need to hire in a year – and what’s the balance between permanent recruitment and seasonal or market fluctuation recruitment. We can help organisations find the best level of software for them, with the option to access their ATS on the move, on mobile devices, wherever and whenever they need to.
  • Then – how do they see that changing? What are their plans for the business and how will their dreams change their recruiting strategy and processes? We aim to understand how our clients work, so that as we design for the future, the future we’re designing for is theirs, as well as ours.
  • Have they considered future proofing? Some businesses grow faster than even the most ambitious five year plan, some hit road-blocks they need to get round, some even get diverted from their original purpose when they hit on a new idea that changes the business plan. We ensure our software is scalable so that they can be self-sufficient, wherever their recruitment leads them.

Funnily enough, there are a few questions that we would love our clients to ask, but they rarely do. Maybe they think such questions would be silly, or that they aren’t important, but neither of those things are true – here are the three questions we wish everybody would ask of their provider before investing in an applicant tracking system for their business:

How easy is it?

Complicated software should be a contradiction in terms, but it’s not. Far too many software designers think that complicated = good. We don’t. We think simple = good, and we work hard to ensure our software is simple, intuitive, straightforward and easy. Isn’t recruitment complicated enough, without increasing the hard work with a layer of demanding, difficult software?

Will it make me look good?

Okay, it won’t take inches off your hips or deal with a beer belly, but Recruit So Simple has always believed that software should look good as well as do a good job. We make sure that the design is intuitive and the layout stunning, so that from the moment you sit down at the screen, you instinctively know how to use our system. From there it’s just a step to falling in love with our software and we’re sure you will … because you’re going to get on so well together!

What hidden costs are there?

This is the question that separates us from our competition. Because we have a one word answer. None. Or, if you prefer, a two word answer, absolutely none! Every feature is included in the price and we don’t expect you to pay for any additional features or upgrades. Not now, not ever.

Why some recruitment agencies fail – and others thrive

April 16th, 2015

We spend a lot of time designing software for recruitment agencies – and as a result, we know a lot about why some recruitment consultancies thrive and others barely make a living, or even fail, and that’s why we design our software to ensure that we’re contributing to the success of our clients.

Multi-tasking

Recruitment is a challenging industry and the demand to multi-task is one of the most complex challenges of all. Moving from candidate to candidate, handling phone calls and social media, getting out on the road to understand what your clients want, billing, checking contracts, searching resumes, managing payroll … when you write it down, it’s pretty daunting! Software should make this kind of challenge easy, by being available on the move, on mobiles and online, so that your consultants can find the right balance between candidates and clients, billing and interviewing, responding and initiating. We’re proud to say we’ve got a handle on multitasking that rival recruitment agency software systems can’t begin to match.

Candidate handling

Whilst dealing with clients often gets priority (and we’re coming to that) candidate experience is vital to success in the recruitment industry. In a hirer’s market, the best candidates can easily pick and choose what agencies to work with, and they always choose the ones that treat them well and provide good opportunities. That means your recruitment agency software has to offer CV parsing that’s second to none, because sending candidates for interviews where they don’t match the job spec is a sure-fire way to lose their loyalty. It also means keeping in touch with them regularly, so they know they are important to you – a social media component to your recruiting software is vital for this. At Recruit So Simple we build all our software with engagement at the heart, not off to the side, so nothing could be simpler than connecting with your candidates where they are most likely to be found – on social media.

Candidate ownership

Whilst candidate handling is pretty touchy-feely, let’s be honest about the cold hard facts of the recruitment industry. There is only so much candidate talent to go around – and every agency is competing to get the talent to the client. An effective Applicant Tracking System and a state of the art Customer Relationship Management function will combine to ensure that you can prove when you sent a CV to a client and when you contacted a candidate to tell them about a vacancy – it means the results of your hard work don’t end up in the pockets of some opportunistic agency that’s poached into your territory. We know it’s the agencies that stay on top of their ATS and CRM that get the fees … and we make it easy for them to be the winners.

Client handling

Nobody ever doubts that clients are the life blood of a recruitment consultancy. Every recruitment agency needs clients that come back over and over again. What makes them do that? They need to have a superb client experience – the best candidates for each position, presented as comprehensively as possible, in a timely fashion, and with simple billing is just the beginning. Beyond that, managing the client relationship is crucial to success, and staying in touch and monitoring social media are also essential. Keeping in touch with clients using an inbuilt calendar means you can offer them the support they need before they even think they need it – so that you’re not the agency of choice, but the agency that does the choosing.

The Spring Update Continues

April 7th, 2015

Part 2 of the Spring Update has finally arrived. This update contains various small improvements to the system, but the main purpose is to roll out huge backend changes to support the new reporting system.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Improved candidate duplicate checking
  • Custom statuses for contacts
  • Increased storage limits
  • Various performance improvements

We’re currently in the process of developing the third and final part of the spring update. We’re committed to maintaining Recruit So Simple as the UK’s leading online recruitment software product.

Why do you need recruitment software?

March 9th, 2015

Why recruitment software plus personal experience, delivers the best candidates

Here’s a question we get asked a lot. ‘Why does my agency/my department need specialist recruitment software?’ There are a dozen different answers, and these are just the top three:

  • Speed
  • Accuracy
  • Security of data

But there’s an additional consideration, which has just been reported on by Cambridge University’s Psychometrics research centre. Computers may actually be better at predicting personality than individuals. Yes, this study claims that Facebook likes can be used by specialist software programmes to create a more accurate picture of an individual’s personality than friends can produce!

So, what does this mean for recruitment? Well a couple of things:

  • First, that as recruitment software becomes more responsive and intuitive, it will tend to assist in the process of identifying the best candidate for a position by examining a range of factors that might not automatically come into the mind of an individual conducting the same search.
  • Second, the speed with which recruitment software can conduct such searches is a huge contribution to swift and timely identification of the right person for any job. This is vital to any business, whether it’s a recruitment consultancy that needs to deliver great candidates rapidly, or a Human Resources Department that is managing a range of internal and external candidates as well as overseeing the personnel needs of other departments.

Recruitment software assists candidate selection

The ability of software to predict candidate matches is undoubted – the speed with which it can do so is impressive – so why do we need recruitment consultants/HR personnel?

That’s easy to answer – there’s one thing that no software, no matter how sophisticated, can yet do. It can’t assess the intuitive nature of what makes two individuals click together. That requires something that no computer yet possesses, and may never possess, the amazing ability to know that despite all evidence to the contrary, an individual is just right for a position. The human capacity to form these intuitive judgements is based on knowledge – of the client or company, of the individuals involved, and of the broad nature of the industry, region and competitiveness of the position.

Providing this perfect blend of sophisticated and responsive software to support intuitive broad judgements is our job – we focus on ensuring our clients get the best software to allow them to recruit the best people … it’s that simple!

Brand New Features for 2015

February 19th, 2015

We’re really excited to launch quite a big update to Recruit So Simple today. Some of the highlights include:

  • Custom vacancy statuses for fine tuning the recruitment process
  • A built-in star rating system, giving you the ability to rate individual candidates for each vacancy
  • More extensive customisation options
  • A choice between fixed or ranged salaries, including the ability to add additional salary information
  • Various improvements and tweaks

The full list of improvements can be viewed by logging into the system.

So far the feedback has been amazing, and we’re already hard at work on the next set of updates to the recruitment system. We’re committed to maintaining Recruit So Simple as the UK’s leading online recruitment software product.

Christmas Opening Times

December 22nd, 2014

We just wanted to take the time to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2015 as we continue to grow Recruit So Simple.

Our Christmas opening times are as follows:

Wednesday 24th December – 10am to 1pm
Thursday 25th December – Closed
Friday 26th December – Closed
Monday 29th December – 10am to 1pm
Tuesday 30th December – 10am to 1pm
Wednesday 31st December – 10am to 1pm
Thursday 1st January – Closed
Friday 2nd January – Closed
Monday 5th January – Back to normal

Even More New Features!

September 5th, 2014

Our customers are waking up to a load of new features and improvements this morning. These have all come from customer feedback and include:

  • Overhauled task, calendar and alerting system.
  • Managers can now view all tasks in the system and filter using various options.
  • Tasks and interviews can now be exported from the system, and automatically synced with external applications such as Outlook, Gmail and Calendar for Mac.
  • Minor interface tweaks and improvements.

The full list of improvements can be viewed by logging into the system.

Unfortunately, there’s no rest for the wicked – the development team are already working full steam ahead on the next batch of updates. We’re committed to maintaining Recruit So Simple as the UK’s leading online recruitment software product.

New Features Launched!

August 19th, 2014

We’re excited to announce that the latest set of improvements and new features have been launched. These have all come from customer feedback and include:

  • Brand new data export tools to make getting data out of the system even easier than before
  • Improved email editor that makes inserting images much faster
  • It’s now easier to email candidates who have registered via your website
  • Searching for clients now shows more location information about their different offices
  • Improved overview screens show additional information about candidates, clients and contacts

The full list of improvements can be viewed by logging into the system.

Further new improvements are already in the works and will be released over the next few weeks. We’re always working on improving the system, making it easier to use and adding more features. We’re committed to maintaining Recruit So Simple as the UK’s leading online recruitment software product.

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