Have you taken any calls recently from software providers? Calls where you’re promised the world if only you would switch from your existing software provider? The chances are that you’ve taken a few of these, and that’s a conservative estimate. For those of you who haven’t it begs the question, what exactly is cloud-based recruitment software, and how can it help recruiters?
Habits of the small recruitment agency
In order to understand what the future holds it’s important to appraise the tools being used in the present. Regardless of how long recruitment agencies have been trading, they tend to exhibit the same reluctance to integrating modern technology into their business. Therefore it’s commonplace to visit a small recruiter and bear witness to the following;
- Reliance on filing cabinets and paper-based administration.
- Compensating for their lack of technology by hiring specialist administrators.
- Slow, cumbersome response when preparing for audits.
- Administrators spending valuable time correcting errors affecting the business.
Whilst this continues to occur in recruitment, it’s only fair to consider why small agencies continue to persist down this road. Traditionally the cost of implementing new software or IT infrastructure has been relatively expensive, presenting a significant barrier to entry for business owners. I’ve lost count of the number of agency owners I’ve spoken with who appreciate the merits of technology, but they couldn’t take shareit for pc the financial risk to implement it.
It would seem then that recruiters rest on the horns of a dilemma. How can recruiters save valuable time and money, without exposing themselves to unnecessary risk?
Eliminate installation costs
The early adopters within recruitment have already begun to change the way which they do business. This is due to recruitment software providers offering a modern distribution model, one which eliminates the cost of installing the technology within their client’s business. That distribution model is cloud computing.
Software providers host their own IT infrastructure and allow their clients remote access to the services which they’ve subscribed to. No longer will small recruitment agencies be quoted thousands of pounds to purchase and configure their own server farm at head office.
To the recruiter this is of critical importance. The most significant barrier preventing the adoption of technology hasn’t just been removed; it’s been vigorously swept aside.
In the wider business world we only have to look at the radical changes Adobe has made to their own distribution model. They’ve replaced their annual software development cycle with a cloud-based distribution model, allowing customers to simply subscribe to their services every month as opposed to purchasing the software outright.
We’ve established that cloud computing can save the employment agency time and money, but can it really become the recruiter’s best friend overnight?
How software builds the agency-client relationship
As recruiters, we know that there’s more to the industry than making money. Every day recruiters place candidates in new roles, making a positive, life changing impact on their candidate’s lives. However a massive part of recruitment in 2013 is the way that recruiters build relationships with their clients.
Revisiting our small employment agency from earlier, there are a number of key observations one can make when on-site with a small recruiter;