The Resume Database: The Positives and the Negatives

Employers & Recruiters June 24, 2015

Resume Database - Nerding Out

Imagine if you never had to write a job ad, and all you needed to do was to scroll through resumes to find a candidate, pick up the phone, schedule an interview, and get to it!  Imagine, all resumes located in one central location where you can EASILY glance through them.  

Well, that’s what I’m here to talk about. Resume Databases. A very new interesting technology that I’m sure many of you are aware of. So…lets nerd out!

Resume Database - Nerding Out
So why should you get your Resume Database on? Well, traditional job ads on different websites like Indeed, Monster, Craigslist, and site can be awesome ways to get candidates. But can also be very time consuming. Between creating your job, writing out the description, the clicking and tracking emails of resumes…life can get pretty crazy! Not to mention your email inbox can become a huge war zone! But hey, what can you do…you still manage to get the job done (that’s why you and the majority of people are still using online job boards!). Anyways, from my personal experience I think one of the coolest things about Resume Databases are:

  1. It gives recruiters instant access to resumes. Meaning there is no job ads that need to be posted, and immediately one can start scanning through resumes based on different criteria. Whether it is a simple hiring job, and the criteria is location, experience, and previous positions held. Or more complex ones where it requires more digging, resume database software can be very effective and helpful for this. These days a lot of the major databases have search functionality built into their systems that help users with finding what they are looking for.
  2. Typically resumes (if the database is good), will have new fresh resumes of job-seekers looking for work and candidates eager to interview.
  3. The mass volume of how many resumes are available. Typically databases have thousands upon thousands of resumes. Some even in the millions.

With everything in life, there are always drawbacks. And for current Resume Databases on the market:

  1. They are not industry centric, which means you get a large array of different resumes from all over the place.
  2. Volume isn’t always better, and doesn’t mean you will find the ideal candidate.
  3. Despite software functionality (like the search and filters) it can be hard at times to find exactly what you are looking for.
  4. Rubbish Resumes in the system…fakes, old, etc.

Tons of resumes

I’m sure I’m leaving out a lot here but these are just some of the current issues I see in the current softwares. The system that my company has been building (here’s our Resume Database ) is attempting to take on a few of these problems.

Our main focus has been to make it industry centric, which has been focusing on restaurants/hospitality. All resumes in our database are restaurant, food, and beverage related, and nothing else. Gathering them is a big job, but were reaching a couple hundred thousand…so I’m happy about that. Second, we are focusing heavily on customer support. Our goal is helping the recruiters find the right talent (by personally looking for resumes for them), and assisting them along with navigating the resume database. As for our software’s functionality it is pretty basic (for now), as we are trying to figure out which functionality will benefit recruiters the most (as opposed to having a bunch of crazy and complicated features that we think might be helpful). Listening to customers is super important to us…

So yeah, that’s where we are in this space. We’re working hard, and have some pretty big restaurant clients using us and hiring away. So we’re happy about that. As for the future, we’re looking forward to growing not only our database but helping all you restaurant recruiters and managers out there with your hiring!

That’s all for today. If you got this far, and are still reading, I’d be interested in knowing your thoughts. I would love to hear what you think about resume databases? What improvements would you make? How have they helped you with your hiring? Any comments appreciated.

Have a great day!

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