Whether you are a self employed recruiter starting out, a small recruiting agency or an SME you will soon reach the point where you will need to change from your excel driven job candidate management system to a professional recruiting software system.
This can be a challenging data migration and business re-engineering project requiring commitment and discipline but the rewards are high as a good recruitment software system like the Betterteam ATS will automate many of the mundane and boring parts of the hiring process, such as CV sifting, making it more efficient, and freeing you up to spend more time on the exciting parts of recruiting like interviewing, negotiation, and in the case of agency recruiter’s winning new business and acquiring more talent for your database.
But, of course initially you might not want to go all out and buy an expensive hiring system;, you might want to dip your toes in the water and fortunately you can do this by trying one of the following free or affordable recruiting software systems that are currently on the market.
5 Free or Affordable Recruiting Software Systems for Small Firms
1.Zoho Recruit. This is a free, web based, yet fully fledged recruiting software system and applicant tracking system which allows the users to manage resumes, candidates, clients and client contacts all from within the system. It automates much of the hiring process. It also parses resumes/CV which means it can take resumes and automatically submit the contents to the system and create applicant records, reducing the amount of data entry time significantly. Its free for up to 1 recruiter.
2.People HR. This is a packaged, fully featured HR system which comes with an ATS module, containing all the functionality of a traditional, standalone ATS. You just get a full HR, system and performance management system attached for free! Can’t be bad. It doesn’t lack for core ATS functionality at all. You can automatically post vacancies on your website, or on the major jobs boards, and applicant CVs are automatically uploaded to the system. You can filter CVs to rapidly shortlist and you can send letters and email from the system too. It’s a fully featured ATS costing £2.50 per employee per month, so its a great price too.
3.Freelancer.com. This is a a very affordable recruiting software system, allowing you to access the gig economy, e.g. the millions of freelancers and flexible workers all over the world who are ready to work for you in an instance. This system allows you to place ads for workers — in an auction style format where freelancers place bids for work and you select the most suitable bid — or simply search their database. You can track all your applicants through the system, manage work using their workflow management features, pay workers, and keep a track of favourite freelancers who have worked for you before. Fees are 3% of project costs. Click here for more info
5. ZipRecruiter! ZipRecruiter is a another web based, recruiting software system which enables companies to post to all the major US free job boards with a single submission and vet all applicants through simple-to-setup online question and answer. This is more suited to US businesses. The Q&A spares hiring managers from reading unqualified candidate’s resumes through vetting questions. This service allows the hiring personnel to quickly explore applicants answers and resumes online, while they collaborate with each other to rate and select the best candidates. Plans can be customized to meet the needs of any individual or company.
This is a free, web based, recruiting software system and is a fully fledged applicant tracking system enabling you to easily post jobs to the major jobs board, as well as manage, track and rank candidates easily, all in a few clicks. They currently claim to have over 40,000 clients and it is free because they share the revenue with the jobs boards that users may choose to advertise with.
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