CRM software company Darwin has developed a free addin for Microsoft Office turning Outlook into a fully featured HR and recruitment application.
The enables a HR Manager or recruiter to create contacts from inbound emails, import the CV to the candidate record, and search the candidate contact database by name, job description and skill. No other software is required other than Microsoft Outlook, which already performs email, scheduling, and task management.
Over 200 million people a year use Microsoft Office, many of which are young & expanding firms that rely upon Outlook to perform their HR and recruitment function before upgrading to a bespoke solution. Likewise nearly all small recruitment firms start out with just Outlook.
The UK development firm stumbled on the idea for the Outlook recruitment plugin by accident while they were making enhancements to their flagship product, , which contains the world’s first visualForm designer.
John Walden, Technical Director of Darwin Corporation, says: “We were in the process of extending our recruitment software Outlook integration, when it became apparent that we could store and keyword search CV’s within Outlook without the need for any other software.”
Darwin Corporation has a close working relationship with Microsoft, with up to 23 of their top consultants and engineers working with Darwin at any time. Darwin: “We are very privileged to work alongside Microsoft, the most successful software company in the world. There were some serious technical challenges with CV processing in Outlook, which Microsoft helped us to overcome.”
Free help for recruitment firms
“Many recruitment agencies have cut their costs in order to survive the economic downturn” says CEO Mike Charter. “New or young recruitment agencies often can’t afford bespoke recruitment software, but they already have Microsoft Outlook on their PC. The small plugin is free, typically installs within 3 minutes, and instantly turns Outlook into a recruitment application - with no software to buy and no running costs.”
more info: Darwin.com