ATS Systems are written by HR Folks…

I honestly believe that ATS systems are written by HR folks simply for reporting tools. Seriously it seems that no one thinks about the actual end user who is the recruiter and sourcer.   That is until I got to do a demo with Recruiterbox.   Seriously, I think I really love this ATS. Want to know why? Of course you do that is why you are still reading this. The system has all the bells and whistles that you would expect a system to have so I am not going to talk about the obvious.

Here are a few features that really stood out to me:

  1. You can upload all your resumes in one shot from your computer to our resume management system. If you are starting out or changing systems this is an amazing feature in my opinion. One thing that drives me nuts is having to add resumes to the system and most ATS transfers will charge you extra for doing this. Not these guys.
  2. Are you getting emails from candidates that are not applying or getting referrals? Well, with Recruiterbox you can simply forward an email to a specified email address and it gets automatically converted to a candidate profile. No more having to mess around downloading attachments and adding the information to the system! How awesome is that?!?!?!  Seriously I would get this just for this tool alone!
  3. Not in to Boolean search strings? Neither is Recruiterbox. They have a software algorithm that searches the body of the resumes using natural language.

For example, If you just wanted to draw up a search of all candidates who worked at Facebook, then you’d simply have to search the word “Facebook” and boom, all the people who are at Facebook would come up in a list. This is simply awesome!

I know lots of recruiters who do not have the time or money to take fancy classes to learn Boolean and now you can search a database without complicated phrases and strings.

Recruiterbox accepts resume attachments in all possible formats including:

  • doc
  • docx
  • text
  • rtf
  • odt
  • html
  • pdf.

This is a particular pet peeve of mine and I have blogged about it in the past. I always prefer a document in .doc format but I cannot control how the candidate will send me their resume. Its theirs not mine. This tool makes that obsolete. It will scrape the information for you and set up the candidate in the system for you! Love this!

Even more…

Another great feature is the job dispersing tool. You can upload your jobs directly to Indeed, Simply Hired, Glassdoor, twiiter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc. all in one shot. It will parse it out to whatever sites that you want free or paid if you have an account.  Are you an independent or small firm? Don’t have a careers page? No problem Recruiterbox has a widget that can add it to your established page or they can set one up for you. Yet another cool function.

Recruiterbox has the best functionality that I have seen in an ATS. It is super smooth and very easy to learn.

It is very easy to upload resumes, add new jobs, take notes, and yes HR there is some very easy reporting tools that you can even customize.  You can even add your own forms. Those who have to do OFCCP compliance reporting would love this addition. You can add all your pre-employment forms and track them.

We all know that a good job description is key to attracting candidates. Well, guess what they have a service that will help you write a great job description ( free for customers with a paid subscription, and $99 per description (with a 24 hour turn around) for everyone else.  I don’t know anyone who is doing this for their customers so all I can say is WOW again!

The last thing that I thought was simply awesome was the pricing. Yeah I know not sexy but hey nothing in life is really free right?

Wrong. They have packages that literally start out as free, you only get one opening at a time and five users but it is worth a try. Other packages start out as low as $600 a year up to $6,000 a year.

With all the bells and whistles you get with Recruiterbox at any price or package it is hard to look away.

By Derrick Zeller

About the Author: Derek Zeller draws from over 18 years in the recruiting industry. The last 13 years he has been involved with federal government recruiting specializing within the cleared Intel space under OFCCP compliance. He has experience with both third party agency and in-house recruiting for multiple disciplines and technologies. Using out-of-the-box tactics and strategies to identify and engage talent, he has had significant experience in building referral and social media programs, the implementation of Applicant Tracking Systems, technology evaluation, and the development of sourcing, employment branding, military and college recruiting strategies. Currently, he is the Editorial Manager for Advanced Resource Technology, Inc. and is open to speaking engagements and consulting opportunities. You can read his thoughts on or or his own site Derek currently lives in the DC area.