Chris Bogh |

The role of a modern day recruiter is becoming increasingly complex. They are often expected to be an 'expert' across the many facets of recruitment, and usually with little prior experience. From organising a graduate / apprentice drive one week to researching LinkedIn for an executive post the next. All of this on top of finding the time for everyday permanent roles and managing your own talent pool. To make life even harder, each type of recruitment has different functions, unique workflows, reporting / admin requirements and business needs.

So how does the modern recruiter manage of all these different roles and still stay on top of compliance, bureaucracy and legislation requirements, while attracting candidates that fit the culture of the company?

Technology plays a central role in helping recruiters juggle jobs. Traditionally, organisations have used different software systems to manage each recruitment function, outsourced some areas or simply used a manual based system. However, with the increased sophistication of the web based tools today, recruiters no longer need to use disparate systems that offer no cohesion. Instead, the future lies in choosing a web-based platform that can support all areas of recruitment.

For example, one of Eploy's clients recently wanted more control over their temporary workers to manage areas such as equal pay rights in order to comply with the Agency Workers Directive 2010' which comes into force in October 2011. As each Eploy system already contains a full temporary and contract management system that can easily cater for timesheet entry, rate management and full online timesheet authorisation, all they needed was for those features to be turned on.

In another scenario, a client wanted to set up a specific high volume recruitment drive for an apprentice scheme that required sophisticated diary management, automated emails and SMS alerts. They also wanted the flexibility of a separate system so that each year the applicants can be archived. The advantage here is that they can still use a familiar customised system to manage the entire workflow from registration and screening to the offer stages and beyond.

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