Recruiting is a cost center in any business. In an odd way, it’s like a reversal of sales: you pay to mount a retail-level campaign to convince people that you should give them still more money. Meanwhile, personnel recruitment charges overhead costs against still other departments, such as IT. Ironically, headhunting firms profit from the same recruiting activities by promising to minimize their cost. The prospect of dollars going to someone else’s bottom line is enough to make any human resources manager look for ways to keep tasks in-house. One way to do this is with free recruiting software.
Open-Source Recruiting Applications
The open-source movement has created an astonishingly deep pool of high-quality, free software. From web servers and browsers to desktop applications, open-source programs allow even the smallest firms to compete with the same tools as giant corporations. Free to use, transparent to developers and free to customize, they’re godsends for large and small organizations alike. Unlike time-limited trials or reduced-functionality demos, open-source programs can be full-featured and robust. Unlike purchased software, open-source avoids the escalating costs of per-seat licensing or annual licensing fees. Free recruiting software has been made available to the public under open-source licenses, bringing their benefits to the human resources community.
Recruiting in the Cloud
The “cloud”-that great buzzword of the early 2010s-is basically the second coming of time-shared computing, at least as far as IT budgets and control are concerned. The plus is that someone else is responsible for writing, updating and maintaining software for you. The downside is that you become dependent on someone else for your software and server hardware, which compels you to pay them for its rental. Fortunately, some cloud computing vendors have other business models, attracting clients through the offer of free recruiting software online. This is another way for small or new businesses to operate on the same level with major competitors. The cloud vendor bears the cost of hardware, software, bandwidth and IT personnel. You can concentrate your resources on the fundamentals of getting talent in the door.
In more austere times, other employers aren’t your only competition. Other departments within your organization compete for its dollars. As the quintessential “overhead” department, Human Resources needs every edge it can get. Whether through open-source or the cloud, creative sourcing of free recruiting software will allow you to put your money where it counts: people.