Congratulations, you’ve decided to start your own recruitment agency! I’m sure there are many thoughts running through your mind, including – how do I choose a recruitment software?

There are lots of options out there, each with different pros and cons.

In order to find a suitable CRM or Applicant Tracking System, it’s important to understand your agency needs.

ATS vs CRM – which is best for you?

If you’re moving from working within an organisation, it may well be that you’ve never used a CRM.

While an ATS is set up to process applications, a CRM helps you to build talent pools.

You may need a CRM if you are actively sourcing candidates and if your agency consists of more than one recruiter.

What are the business goals for your agency?

Choosing the right software for your agency means that as an agency owner, you need to look at your business goals.

What are you looking to focus on?

  • Building the brand
  • Building talent pools
  • Giving candidates a brilliant experience
  • Analytics to view the process in your agency

Once you have established what your agency needs, draw up a list and highlight your must-haves.

How do decide what you need in a software system

When considering software, after establishing your business aims, it’s a good idea to identify what you think that you can’t live without.

In time, these features may change, but to start with you want to work out your must-haves and wouldn’t-minds.

Above all, your recruitment software needs to support your agency, and make life easier.

Do you need great search options, e-mail, analytics or social media integration?

Do you want integrations, interview scheduling?

Does it need to be user-friendly?

Great recruitment software includes:

  • The automation of time-intensive tasks
  • Useful software integrations, for sales and marketing
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Customisable software

Once you have worked out what features you need, draw up a list.

Now you now need to do some research into software that can do what you need.

Work out a budget

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What is the budget for your recruitment software?

Do you want to pay on a monthly basis, or are you comfortable paying annually?

There are different pricing options available, depending on the type of technology you need.

The price can depend on the size of your organisation, the number of employees that will be using it, and the features that are used.

Be aware of any set-up fees, or additional fees.

Does your software support you if you want to get bigger, or if you need to reduce in size?

Once you’ve decided how much you’re willing to spend, it will be easy to narrow your search for the best recruitment software for your agency.

Shop around

Whether you’re new to recruitment, or you have software in mind, it’s always a good idea to shop around and get a feel for the products out there.

  • Write down the basics of what you need and create a tick list
  • Use software review sites like Capterra to build a true picture of the software
  • Speak to the experts and don’t be afraid to ask questions

Plus, there’s no need to commit as soon as you find a software that you like the sound of!

Instead, make sure you…

Use the software

First, get a true introduction to the software using a free demo. At Chameleon-i we offer a free tailored online demo in which we:

  • Talk about what you’re looking for
  • Discuss how Chameleon-i can help you

Our demonstration takes place online, so you don’t have to leave your office.

Book a free demo or call us on +44 (0)1483 600370 now.

After you’ve found what you need, take advantage of free trials. At Chameleon-i we offer:

  • Full access to our recruitment software
  • Full access to extra features from our partners
  • Instant Vacancy page usage

You can also create additional accounts so your team can have a go too.

Book a free 30-day trial or call us on +44 (0)1483 600370 today.

We hope this article helps you to pick the best recruitment software for your agency. If you would like to get in touch, please contact us and we’d be happy to help.