I have been working on a search for a client for the last 2 weeks and in that time I have been looking on Linked In for people in most English speaking countries in the world.
The last few days I have been approaching professionals from Canada and to my surprise, the pool of potentials in Linked In is much lower compared to other English speaking countries.
Why is this?
I have been using various Applicant Tracking Systems in recruitment for the last 12 years. The first system I ever used was Bond’s Adapt, a then UNIX based database that has become a market leader in the UK & Ireland. I moved jobs and used ACT! for a while, which had some nifty features but was far inferior to Adapt so we went back to the tried and tested Bond product.
I moved abroad for a few years and found myself using spreadsheets as my “ATS”, quite the challenge, so when I returned to Ireland to co-found Select People, I was determined to find a powerful, modern ATS to help drive our business forward. We were introduced to the founders of Caliber, an Irish owned software company who were selling a new SAAS based ATS, mainly to direct employers but they had a strong agency version of their product that we tried out and really liked. The Software as a Service idea has always appealed to me and having an ATS that was on-line worked well with out business model that sees our consultants logging in from different, remote locations every day.
I love Google Calendar. Let me just get it out there. It sends me texts to remind me to call clients, notifies me of family birthdays, allows my client to schedule appointments integrated with their Outlook Calendar and allows me to edit seamlessly while on the go on my Palm Pre mobile.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get better, I stumbled upon some new “Labs” settings in my Calendar Settings (top right of your screen). There I found a treasure trove of handy new options that I can enable on my trustee calendar.