Staff Wars: The (Work)Force Awakens

Further Advancing erecruit’s Staffing Best Practices Approach

Here at erecruit™, we are very invested in our customer’s success. Thousands of hours have been invested by erecruit in capturing our thought leadership and infusing it into how erecruit is implemented and utilized to enable staffing business processes to maximize our client’s business performance. Our staffing industry best practices leads take a consultative, workshop-based approach to facilitate a business results-focused transformation of our best practice processes into our clients’ future state processes. We leverage the immense configurability and flexibility that erecruit’s technology brings to the table to maximize efficiency and drive greater business success.

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Bond International Software Provides Bristow Holland with Bond Adapt via High-Speed Cloud Service

Bristow Holland LogoBristow Holland, Permanent and Contractor recruiters specialising in Infrastructure, Software Development and Projects has selected Bond International Software, the global provider of staffing and recruitment software, to provide their new CRM via high-speed Software as a Service. Bond Adapt OnDemand succeeds Bristow Holland’s previous system, which was built purely for candidate sourcing, to become their hub of all recruitment activity and drive future growth.

Bristow Holland have been delivering specialist IT recruitment services to clients in Ipswich, Colchester, Burt St. Edmunds and beyond since the agency was started by Andy Bristow and Paul Vingerhoets in 2013. Bristow and Vingerhoets both brought over fifteen years of IT recruitment experience to their venture and soon found clients and candidates alike valued their sector knowledge and market reach, leading to consistent placement success and an expanding team of consultants. Soon outgrowing their existing system, the agency undertook a market review and Bond Adapt was an early frontrunner because Bristow and Vingerhoets had previously used earlier versions of the software.

Using the Bond Adapt CRM solution, Bristow Holland will bring new efficiencies to all aspects of their recruitment cycle and communications (including fast CV parsing from incoming emails via the Adapt Outlook Add-in). The agency will use the Bond Adapt/LinkedIn integration to easily view and action LinkedIn member profile information without leaving Bond Adapt and export jobs directly to LinkedIn. And the advanced KPI reporting tools within Adapt will deliver meaningful management information, enabling Bristow Holland to drive further efficiencies for consistent business growth.

Andy Bristow, Director, Bristow Holland, comments, “We required a system which would strengthen and enhance the tested and true recruitment processes we have developed since our inception. We immediately thought of Bond Adapt, however it made sense to compare the latest version with the other recruitment software packages on the market, to make absolutely sure it was still the most intuitive and would fully support our growth plans. We were pleased to find this was the case – Adapt is definitely the leading system in the breadth of features and scalability it offers, and Bond’s cloud service is fast and robust. We are confident Bond Adapt OnDemand will help us achieve our business goals.”

Toby Conibear, European Business Development Director, Bond International Software, comments, “Bristow Holland have built an enviable reputation for immediately delivering highly-skilled contractors and, in these times of skills-shortages, this is an increasingly challenging task. At Bond, we believe CRM systems should support agencies’ existing processes, not dictate new ones, and effectively become the hub of all recruitment activity. With the experience and tenacity Bristow Holland bring to their marketplace now underpinned by Bond Adapt OnDemand, we look forward to seeing the agency deliver even higher levels of service and quickly exceed their growth plans.”

Bond International Software Provides Oakley Professional Recruitment with Bond Adapt on the Cloud

Oakley Professional Recruitment LogoOakley Professional Recruitment, specialists in sourcing and placing senior qualified and unqualified Social Care, Social Housing, Education and Healthcare staff looking for Permanent work has selected Bond International Software, the global provider of staffing and recruitment software, to deliver Bond Adapt OnDemand high-speed Software as a Service.

Middlesex-based Oakley Professional Recruitment provide permanent recruitment and specialist executive search services throughout the UK. Oakley Professional Recruitment’s consultants have over twenty years’ experience within the Social Work, Social Care, Social Housing, Education and Healthcare sectors and work closely with charities, private and voluntary organisations and local authorities to find the right fit for every vacancy.

Keen to move their business onto a cloud-based software system, Oakley Professional Recruitment viewed a demonstration of Bond Adapt OnDemand at the Recruitment Agency Expo 2015. Impressed by the fast and intuitive Adapt Studio dashboard system, Recruitment Director Cordelia Fountiane quickly added Bond Adapt to their in-depth market review.

Oakley Professional Recruitment required a system with advanced candidate attraction capabilities underpinned by functionality built to facilitate rapid business growth. Adapt’s intuitive full recruitment cycle workflows and meaningful KPI reporting, bolstered by an integration with Broadbean for additional job distribution and candidate sourcing tools, rounded-out the package. These technologies, driven by Bond’s robust SaaS infrastructure, solidified Oakley Professional Recruitments’ decision to implement Bond Adapt OnDemand and all their consultants are set to be using the system by December 2015.

Cordelia Fountaine, Recruitment Director, Oakley Professional Recruitment comments, “Here at Oakley Professional Recruitment we always listen carefully to our clients requirements to ensure we fully understand their brief – then we go the extra mile to find exactly the right fit for their organisation. During our recruitment software review process, it became increasingly clear that Bond International Software shared these principles and Bond Adapt OnDemand ultimately proved to be exactly the right fit for our business strategy. The Adapt Studio dashboards have an instant ‘wow-factor’ when compared with other systems, but they also have real substance behind the style. Empowered by such an intuitive system, we’re ever more confident of achieving our growth plans for 2016 and beyond.”

Toby Conibear, European Business Development Director, Bond International Software, comments, “In the current climate of skills-shortages for specialist permanent positions, it’s more important than ever for recruiters to work closely with their clients to ensure job specifications are meticulously constructed. Oakley Professional Recruitment have very high standards in this area and we’re delighted they have selected Bond Adapt OnDemand to help build upon these efforts, provide their recruiters with the tools to attract more of the right candidates and further grow their successful business.”

Top Tips for Successful Recruitment Software Selection

Recruitment Software SelectionFor a recruitment agency, choosing your recruitment software should come in right after selecting your company name in terms of importance. Running your business effectively shouldn’t come down to an Excel spreadsheet or a list of names on a clipboard on your desk. To move ahead of your competitors you must have a ‘grown up system’ and use a database designed to improve and enhance your workflows, and increase the speed at which you find the right candidate for the right job.

Find a Vendor that will be your Partner

To some, choosing the “best” system consists of looking at all the vendor software packages and buying the one with the most or newest bells and whistles. With so many products available on the market, it’s important to look much deeper than what the software may offer –you need to look at the partnership you’ll be entering into as well.

Most importantly, clarifying the selection process begins with the simple recognition that the best system for your organisation is the one that provides real solutions to the challenges you now face and will help you reach the goals you are trying to achieve. An analysis of those goals will provide the framework for setting the criteria for system selection and will lend credence to the process for you and your staff. A structured business analysis will yield a list of requirements that you can use to compare the functionality of various software packages.

Involve the Right Selection Team

Your decision to look for a new recruitment software solution probably began with both business and technical factors. The people involved in those issues are the most likely players in the selection process. Involving key stake-holder representatives will lend balance to the final decision and create buy-in from all constituents.

Decide who will be involved, and what part they will play in the selection process. What steps will you take, and how will you involve everyone else in the team? How will the final decision be made, and who will actually make that decision. Make sure you have your budget planned out, and have a deadline of when the final decision will be made to help keep you all on track.

Is Your Company Ready For Change?

Installing a new software system, whether replacing your current system or going through a major upgrade, creates the opportunity to re-engineer your business processes. Just attempting to mirror your current processes may deny you the opportunity to gain significant efficiencies and productivity enhancements.

In addition, a new system may produce a temporarily negative impact on productivity, as staff adjust to the changes. The size of that impact depends on your staff’s attitude. When staff are inclined to embrace change, chances are that a new system will show a positive effect quickly; when staff resist change, the opposite can be true.

Contact Vendors & Compare Product Demos

As you contact vendors, freely discuss your primary requirements, technology needs, overall structure and plans for growth. It is especially important that you share as much information as possible about the current challenges you may have with your system as well as your business operations and strategy. The more the vendor knows about your business and your future plans, the more likely it is that they can effectively help you achieve your business goals.

These preliminary conversations will help you decide whether to proceed with each vendor. When you’ve determined that you would like to know more, arrange for a demo.

When possible, you or your staff should use the system yourself. There is a big difference between watching someone else perform the commands and actually doing them yourself. What may seem simple when you are watching may be quite complicated when you’re the user. The caveat is that, without training and/or guidance, your hands-on experience may be frustrating. Remember that there is always a learning curve.