by Rakesh Sharma
Published on 4 November 2011
Have you ever wondered what happens to your resume after you apply to a job? The end of the application process triggers the review and hiring process. That is when the folks in human resources get busy. This week, we will review a solution that makes the process simpler and easier for HR. We will review Resfly which claims to be the fastest way to post your jobs to job boards and social networks. We will look at its interface, features and see how it can be of use to you.
GETTING INTO THE HR SPACE
Resfly is not the first application developed by it's founders. A full-featured applicant tracking system was the company's first attempt in this space. "Having worked in this space, we saw a natural need for an application such as resfly that would work for any company and any size," says Tony Sternberg, product manager at Resfly. He identifies flexibility and time- and cost-savings as the application's strong points. In addition, Sternberg says the application enables collaboration between teams. Thus, hiring teams can rate and review candidates on a centralized system. "No more trying to piece together applicants in your email Inbox and sending emails back and forth," he says.
POSTING RESUMES THE RESFLY WAY
Posting jobs is a simple three-step activity in Resfly. Enter your job details. Add extra information (such as salary details). Finally, determine your place of posting. Choices in this case are the company's free hosted career portal, job boards, and social networks. Of course, you can also post to all three venues depending on your job requirements. If you choose the first option, jobs are propagated to multiple job boards and portals. What's more, job postings can be edited even after they have been posted. Changes are propagated to jobs boards and portals. "Anytime a job board comes to get the job info, we present them with the latest updated information that we have," says Sternberg.
Personally speaking, the "Add Notes" feature got me hooked. I can already envisage several possibilities for this simple button. For example, you can add information about specific personnel responsible for this job or details that are not for public display. The service sends email alerts for each resume received. I posted a job on my personal portal and applied to it using the external portal. I received an email alert for my own resume (may I add, it was fantastic!) instantly. The alert included three links: one for candidate profile, another for job postings, and another one for the application.
Sternberg says their solution is the perfect fit for small - to mid-sized companies. "We provide all the functionality they are likely to need in a hiring solution," he says. But, he does not discount the application's functionality for larger companies. "They (larger companies) can use Resfly to power their job publishing and still have their candidates apply through their existing system with out "Custom Apply URL" feature," he says.
Finally, you can track job postings through analytics. According to Sternberg, analytics can help future hiring efforts. "Companies can adapt their strategies after finding out where most of their candidates are coming from," he says.
By itself, the application is excellent. However, additional features could make it even better. For example, social media integration is currently limited to posting jobs on Twitter and Facebook. Given the increasingly important emphasis on these networks by companies, it might be an idea for the application to glean candidate information from social networks to create a composite picture of the candidate. Similarly,I am intrigued by the idea of collaboration in HR teams. Email alerts for each note added to a particular job or candidate profile would not only increase productivity but also generate discussions about a posting. The new features might already been planned. "We have a lot of exciting new features planned and users will see Resfly as a service that is constantly improving," says Sternberg.
THE BASICS: WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
The application has a simple, clean and intuitive interface. I was especially struck by the ease of posting a job or enabling feedback mechanisms. Typical tasks within the application do not require more than three or four screens.
SUPPORTING YOUR APPLICATION
Right off the bat, I loved their context-sensitive help. It has been enabled for each field. So, the system displays help even as you populate fields for the job submission process. In addition, the service has an excellent feedback and support sidebar that is displayed on each screen. Submission is simple and effective: all you need to do is enter an email address and text for each description.
IS IT FOR YOU?
That depends on your expenses (in cost and time) for your HR process. If you believe that you can gain in HR productivity, I personally thought the service is excellent value for money because it streamlines existing processes and enables collaboration.