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Web Based Recruiting Software – Head Hunting and Cloud Computing June 23, 2011

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Take a moment and try this exercise. Close your laptop, turn off your computer screen, and look at the items on your desk. Do you have a rolodex, an appointment book, or calendar in front of you? Chances are you don’t. Let’s get even more basic than that. Do you have a pen and something to write on other than the back of your business cards or a piece of paper from the printer? Once again, chances are you don’t. These are all items from the days of yesteryear when records were kept in manila folders and recruiting was done with local newspapers and telephones – the non-cellular kind.

Just in case you’re wondering, this is not a nostalgic trip down memory lane. The point we’re trying to make is that we’ve become dependent upon our computers to organize our lives. In the case of recruiting and applicant tracking, we’re often too dependent, at least on standard databases and scheduling. If you’re not doing those tasks online, you’re running the risk of losing data, perhaps setting your company’s recruiting efforts back several months in the process. Just saving to your hard drive is no longer okay. You might as well start writing notes on sticky pads again. They’re safer.

Web based recruiting software keeps your records online, safe from viruses and computer crashes. You can save copies to your hard drive if you like, they could come in handy if you don’t have internet access at some point, but you’ll find that other than that you’ll rely on the online version completely. It’s more compact, takes up no disc space at all, and will give you better search and storage capabilities. The best applicant tracking systems will store resume information and allow you to search for specific skill sets by keyword. Doing that on a hard drive would take up far too much space and time. 

As a recruiter or human resource person, you’re most likely familiar with the term “ATS applicant tracking”. For those not in the know, the abbreviation stands for the system used to do the tracking and it almost always refers to web based recruiting software. Job applicant tracking that isn’t online is really just a database with limited space and search capabilities. On the web, your potential for expansion is unlimited, at least in theory. The company you choose to use may not have unlimited bandwidth, but chances are the space they can offer is much larger than you have in your office.

Using online software to run applications essential to operating your business is a process known as cloud computing. The “cloud” is basically the entire web. It’s the modern day term used to describe what was once called cyberspace. As computers have gotten more advanced and mobiles with limited disc space have become more common, cloud computing has increased in popularity. You’ve probably heard the term used in relation to applications for your cell phone or netbook. Did you know you could access many of those apps from your desktop PC or MAC? Web based recruiting software is one of them. Give it a try.