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Start (Up) As You Mean to Go On

So, congratulations, you’ve started your own recruitment business! And that’s actually really great, because recruitment really is quite a unique industry. The variety of personalities, the difference in company size, the cultures. You finally get to be the key decision maker and driver of all of these features, and so many more. Do you want to become one of the big players, with a global reputation and permanent column in the Recruitment Times? Or do you want to champion the boutique, lone wolf approach and become an unequivocal expert in your niche and build an envied, unrivalled network of viable candidates for any occasion? That choice is stage one.

The next stage is identifying that there is currently a vast range of methods employed across the plethora of recruitment business that contribute to the day to day running of their operations, and making a vital decision about how to get ahead of the curve before you start. Despite being saturated by technology and software, many still opt for the good old fashioned spreadsheet and notebook, and whilst there is quite a charm in keeping things ‘old school’, no business, regardless of industry, is able to sustain this way of working for a prolonged period of time. You are unable to thrive and grow without a plan in place for collating, storing and tracking the information that is frankly critical to startup survival.

But how on earth do you know what to look for, and how do you make an informed decision when there are so many options available to you?

Do you use your experience with past employers and make your choice based on what they used? Well that’s a good place to start, but it’s important to remember (especially if they were a pretty large company) that what worked for them as a business may not work for you at this early stage.

You may think that cheap is good as it allows you to streamline costs initially during a period where overheads are particularly important, but this is almost never a good route to go down. You will find that functionality is severely limited and eventually your demands and requirements will outgrow it, leaving you having to make another decision, but this time based on how to migrate all of your data across efficiently and with minimum fuss, and learning a new way of working from scratch.

You’re then likely to look at the very top end of the market, because they must carry an inflated price tag for a reason, right? Yes, these products look and feel fantastic, with an eye catching interface and an already giant portfolio of happy clients. But on closer inspection, are these really suitable for you? Despite looking good, they can often be complicated, and developing a clear understanding of the product can often take your focus away from your main job – recruiting. In reality, most of these wonderful added features that justify their expensive monthly cost are nothing more than ‘nice-to-haves’, things you may use once or twice but ultimately won’t help improve your processes or offer you any obvious benefits… is that really worth the price?

So then, what should you be looking for I hear you ask? At such an early stage, you require the absolute fundamentals. You need solid, robust recruitment software that offers your data a safe, searchable home, and allows you to record, store and navigate your recruitment workflow with consummate ease. In cases like this, simple is better. You also want to make sure that you settle on a solution that provides you with the ability to scale up and grow as your business expands, and one that offers flexibility in where you are able to use it (we don’t all stay glued to our desks each and every day!).

It’s one of the toughest but most important decisions that are required during the birth of any recruitment startup, but you can rest assured that there are plenty of solutions available to you that hit the sweet spot in terms of what is key in recruitment software – you just have to take the time to assess the options and choose what is right for you. Safeguarding the future of your business is one of the very first things you should be keeping an eye on, and you need to remember that your choice of software is something that will influence this, as well as each and every day you work. It needs to be simple, it needs to be quick, it needs to be effective and ultimately it needs to make your life easier. The right solution is definitely out there, you just need to look.


James Penney


Sales & Account Manager

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