Recruiter Talk – Implementing Recruiting Software
Recruiting technology review website Software Advice recently polled 100 recruiters to determine what their thoughts were regarding implementing recruiting software – specifically the accompanying value, benefits and obstacles. In the compiled report, the key findings were:
“The vast majority of recruiters (89 percent) said that recruiting technology was either “extremely” or “very” important to performing their jobs well.”
91 percent of recruiters are currently using some form of recruitment technology to aid in hiring and selection. The days of paper applications and manual applicant tracking are essentially obsolete. The time and energy-saving capabilities of recruitment software far outweigh the initial learning curve required for implementation. If you are not currently a user of recruitment software, now is as good a time as any to bring your methods and processes up-to-date.
Of recruiters who did not use recruiting technology or software, 50 percent noted that a limited budget was an extremely significant obstacle to adoption.
Other than budget, nonusers cited excuses from “it’s too complicated” to “manual methods are quicker.” With the number of recruitment software options available on the market, there is a right fit for every budget. To get started, you may not be able to get a product that has all the bells and whistle, but something is almost always better than nothing. Software Advice says “many software vendors offer “freemium” recruiting solutions that are ideal for small businesses with limited recruiting needs.” Automating as many processes as possible will ease workloads and streamline processes. And they are not as complicated as some may believe.
Ninety-five percent of recruiters using software/technology noted that they had minimal difficulty learning to use it.
Data security is also a concern of many nonusers, though security concerns could not be substantiated when polling current recruitment software users. “In fact, [of those polled] 91 percent were either “extremely” or “very confident” that the data stored in their recruiting technology/software was secure—and none of the respondents reported being “not at all confident” in their data security.”
For those still hung up on the price, Software Advice found that the majority of those polled said the “benefits of recruitment technology outweigh the costs.” The bottom line is that recruitment software, implemented and used correctly, should start to positively impact recruitment processes and time-to-hire metrics. So go get your tech on!
Traci Kingery, PHR is an HR Professional and freelance writer based in the Midwest, specializing in immigration and talent management. When she’s not improving unemployment, she keeps busy with her husband and four children.