Recruiting software put to work

Government managers trying to compete in the same frenzied recruiting environment as private organizations have a new tool at their disposal.

Personic Inc., a provider of recruiting software and services, has been awarded a General Services Administration contract. Personic's e-business recruiting solutions can now be purchased directly from the company, reducing the bidding and negotiation process from months to days.

Personic already has some government customers, including the states of Nebraska and Washington, and the Energy Department's Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The company is providing an end-to-end solution for automating recruitment for the laboratory, and the pre-negotiated GSA contract enabled it to save about two months in the procurement cycle, said Brian Hughes, deputy project leader at Los Alamos.

The laboratory is looking to streamline the hiring process as well as find, screen and then hire employees via the Internet.

Personic's solutions are scalable, ranging from a single-user system handling hundreds of job applicants to a large system with hundreds of users, thousands of managers and hundreds of thousands of job candidates, said Barry Prokop, director of public sector for Personic.

"It's a completely collaborative process, where the hiring managers can see what the recruiters are doing" and vice versa, Prokop said, adding that the state, local and educational markets are also targeted customers.

"Our products and services marry very well with the federal environment," he said. "We're talking to a number of federal agencies, and the more we talk, the more we learn how to customize features and functionality...to meet their needs."

Customers can purchase a combination of modules depending on their needs. The candidate module enables job seekers to apply via a Web site, and the recruiter module enables staff members to review resumes and ask questions prior to an in-person meeting, Prokop said. Cost varies depending on the size of the system and the number of modules used, but it ranges anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to multimillion-dollar deals, he said.

Personic should be announcing additional state, local and educational customers by late spring and some more federal business by this summer, Prokop said.

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