Top 5 Restaurant Staff Scheduling Software Tools

PlandayOne of the hardest businesses to run effectively is the restaurant business. Research shows that independent restaurants have around a 60% failure rate and the main reason that they fail is due to a lack of business management. Yes, failure is not down to your ability to cook nice food, it’s based on how well you run the business. In fact, research shows that 46% of restaurants fail not due to lack of knowledge but due to bad planning and financial management.

One area where business can often struggle is in the area of staff shift management. Once you have more than a handful of  staff working across a busy week with multiple varied shift, managing it with paper and excel becomes: difficult, confusing, overwhelming and time consuming. It can lead to under-staffing and over-staffing both of which will ultimately harm business prosperity. That’s why one of the most crucial planning tools that a restaurant should be using is a restaurant staff scheduling software tool, AKA staff rota software. Below are 5 of the best restaurant staff scheduling tools on the market. Continue reading

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5 Top Recruitment Agency Software Tools

dreamstime_xs_25976137The recruitment agency hiring process is slightly different to that of the in-house hiring process. While both agency and in-house recruiters will need to: advertise for jobs and process CVS, arrange interviews and communicate with candidates, the agency hiring process has some extra components.

For example, agency recruiters will often be dealing with higher volumes of recruitment, and tend to build databases of passive talent that they can approach at times of need, which in-house recruiters don’t tend to do. Also, agency recruiters hire on behalf of external clients and will therefore be performing a more advanced level of customer relationship management than the typical in-house recruiter.

What all this means is that agency recruiters will need to use a specific type of ATS system that is specifically geared towards recruitment agencies. Below, you will find a list of 5 top recruitment agency software tools.

1.Zoho Recruit. This is a powerful and fully featured recruitment agency software tool and is one of the leading staffing agency software tools on the market. It has almost endless functionality to help you automate or streamline every process you could desire.

Finding talent is easy with Zoho Recruit as it is integrated with all the premium jobs boards, including Linked-in, Indeed, Dice, Monster, Broadbean, Ziprecruiter and many more. With just a click of a button you can advertise your jobs on all any or all of these sites. You can post to Linked-in, Faceboook and Twitter directly from your Zoho account. You can also connect with candidates on Linked-in and send inmail requests, all from within the Zoho Recruit Platform. Zoho Recruite also allows you to do direct sourcing as you can directly search for candidates in the Indeed database from your Zoho account. You can also build a brand aligned career portal using the Zoho Recruit Platform.

Tracking of applicants is easy with Zoho Recruit. It’s Resume Parsing functionality can extract resumes from your inbox, Linked-In or any other webpage, saving you the time and effort of manually uploading resumes and entering the data.

Talent identification is easy with Zoho Recruit as the system lets you search multiple resumes using common keywords or your own search terms and can save specific searches to be run later.

End to end automation is a key feature of Zoho Recruit. From within the platform you can automate/streamline: the sourcing of candidates, sending offer letters, invoicing clients, updating the candidate database, communicating with candidates (customzsed templates can be automatically be sent to candidates at various stages of the hiring process), setting of reminders.

Another key feature of Zoho Recruit is that it is extremely customizable and you can mould the system around your particular agencies work-flow. It also syncs Google Docs, Calendars and Zoho CRm, Zoho Docs, Zoho Mail and Zoho People, allowing for effortless collaboration and an almost endless capacity to expand it’s core features. Some additional cool features include the ability to make calls from within the system and put call reminders in place, along with the ability to send/SMS text messages.

Your search is over: Try out Zoho Recruit today.

2. Firefish Software is a cloud-based recruitment tool for professional recruiters. It’s a tool that has been made a developed by an experienced professional recruiter. As you would expect then Firefish has enhanced job vacancy marketing functionality. You create new jobs with the system and post them directly to your: own website, multiple jobs boards, including CV Library and Reed, AND you can distribute jobs to nearly 200 social networks, all from within the system. It’s also very easy to SEO optimize your ads and maximize the reach of your ads.

Firefish also has a powerful recruiter database that can be easily segmented making it easy for you to categorize candidates and create passive and active talent pools. If a candidate meets requirements for a job now or at some point in the future, having gained extra work experience you’ll automatically be notified, and if a candidate’s situation changes and no longer meets requirements, you’ll be told too.

Also, the ATS has intelligent filters to ensure that you have optimal candidate opportunity matching. It’s got great end to end work-flow functionality too, meaning you can go create ads, review applications, create short-lists, schedule interview, send out CVS and manage your offer process.

To top it all, it has market reach analysis capability enabling you to analyze the effectiveness of your job marketing campaigns and improve future performance. This is a well specified ATS that will suit a busy recruiting agency environment.

3.Eploy.co.uk. This is a powerful ATS and CRM system that will both streamline and enhance your candidate placement. It has all the features that an agency recruiting team demands, starting with a job vacancy publishing tool that can effortlessly post your job vacancies to advertising services like Broadbean, Idibu, Job Mate and Logic Melon AND social media with just a click.

Eploy also has a powerful filter and skill-matching tool that enables you to rapidly develop shortlists of qualified candidates from your database and broadcast an email to them notifying them of opportunities. The tool also enables you to easily create mailing lists and job alerts. You can also add a mini interview to the application helping you to pre-qualify candidates.

There’s a lot of inbuilt automation too, including automatic CV upload and entry into the database, and the CVS are automatically skill-matched too, saving your team time. The ability to batch process and use pre-existing templates allows you to automate much of the CV formatting/preparation for client review too.

4.Chameleon i. This is a powerful cloud-based recruiting agency software tool designed to meet the needs of permanent or temporary recruitment agency. It’s currently being used by over 6,000 agencies.

Its Core-ATS product is feature-loaded. It has an action system allowing you to make and record over 50 different types of activity, including phone calls, emails, meetings, interviews, offers, rejections etc… They have up to 5 CV parsing tools available, allowing you to auto upload CVs and auto-populate the candidate database.

As a recruiting agency you would probably like to buy the Core-Search add-on too which allows you to do powerful boolean based searching of your database to source suitable candidates quickly. It also has a radial search so you can search for candidates living within a certain radius of a town. You can use saved search functionality to speed up the talent identification process, and there is auto-search functionality which uses saved searches to automatically search for new matching candidates. As you would expect you can also search Linked-in for client and candidate profiles, directly from the Core-Search system.

You’ll also need the Core Marketing add-on if you need to attract talent as it offers prime functionality such as bulk email marketing, SMS marketing, mail merge, RSS, place-holders, automated jobs by email and marketing list.

5.Recruitsosimple. This is an all-in-one recruitment agency software tool, allowing you to manage the end to end process of finding and placing candidates with your clients. It is a very user-friendly and ergonomically designed system. It has all the key features that you could need as an agency recruiter: web-based, CV parsing, social media job posting, email & SMS integration and automation, intelligent searching, job board posting, tasks & calendar to help managed workflow, automation of repetitive tasks. Try it today.

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Avoiding Failure: 7 Things You Need To Understand About Small Business

dreamstime_xs_29091687Nobody starts a small business to lose investment and fail. However, statistics show that happens in almost 50% of instances. With that in mind, I wanted to release a post that highlights some key facts. Hopefully, the information will help you to navigate the stumbling blocks and get things right. At the end of the day, you just need to come up with a successful idea. You then need to ensure you understand all the info on this page before moving forwards. It upsets me when I hear about people who had good concepts but never achieved their goals. The guidance below should help you to avoid making schoolboy errors.

You don’t need to rent premises straight away

One of the biggest mistakes people make in the business world relates to their monthly outgoings. Even if you have a lot of investment, you still need to keep expenditure as low as possible. Renting premises straight away is always a bad move. If your company fails, you’ll have a lot of work on your hands. The same goes if you plan to sell the operation quickly. Business lease transfers and assignments are not easy to arrange. You can save yourself lots of hassle by simply working from home until there is no other option. Your family isn’t going to mind the extra mess for a few months if they know you’re making money. So, consider that before moving forward. Continue reading

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5 Reasons You Need To Seize The Opportunity To Work Abroad

dreamstime_xs_11220377There is no doubt that working abroad is a huge challenge. Firstly, there is the issue of learning a new language if you can’t speak the local dialect. Then, you have to embrace the culture to help the settling in process. Plus, there is the fact that you will leave everyone you love behind and will only see them during the holidays. When you look at these stumbling blocks, working away from home doesn’t seem like a great prospect. The truth is that it is one of the best experiences everyone can enjoy, and here are five reasons why.

Once In A Lifetime

The might seem like an exaggeration, but that isn’t the case for a lot of people. Anyone with a dream to work abroad can’t always fulfil that dream because they have responsibilities. Sure, the younger generation can go and work as a rep or behind the bar, but that isn’t what you want. You want a fledgling career, but you want it in a different country. Sorry to say these opportunities are few and far between because you have to think about your family and current life. Only when the stars align can it happen, and that makes it once in a lifetime. Continue reading

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Article 50: Rights of EU Nationals in The UK Post Brexit

dreamstime_xs_16463260With experts expecting that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March, this time next month Britain could be involved in negotiations for the departure of Britain from Europe.

So, how will Brexit effect the workplace? What rights will EU nationals have post-Brexit?

Just this week MPs rejected amendments to the Brexit bill, tabled by the house of Lords, which would have guaranteed EU nationals UK residency post-Brexit. This has has created a degree of uncertainty and Employers of EU workers and many EU workers themselves will have to wait for the outcome of the Brexit negotiations to know the full post Brexit working rights.

But, there are some things that we do know. Continue reading

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