I am curious which software packages are the most popular amongst members here. I have yet to find a solution I like. The main problem is that it seems like 90% of recruiting software is of the SaaS (software as a service) variety which I can't stand. I don't really like cBizOne as it seems like nothing more than a sophisticated contact database. It does have great resume parsing features though. I think Gopher has an atrocious GUI which I can't even get past to experiment with the functionality. Any others you can recommend that I can try (desktop installation not hosted)?
Kevin, feel free to look at http://www.chameleoni.com its very new and was designed for recruiters. True ondemand web-based recruitment software and is doing extremely well in fact is finalist for best technical innovation award for 2008.
I can sympathise with your comments. We are not in the "Recruitment" sector, our software products are focused towards temporary staff agencies.
The reason for my comment was that we sell our software on a monthly license fee basis with no upfront costs purely because things seem to change so frequently that all our customers want continuous changes to our product as new legislation comes in, or the way people work changes. So if they were to buy a boxed product, their business would start to struggle after a year as they could no longer support the latest legislative requirements.
What are you looking for the software to do? I use cbiz and love it. It's simple, but that's the beauty of it. It does everything the more complicated ones do, such as bulk mailing to cands/clients, searching the database, downloading hundreds of resumes with one click...
What else are you looking for recruiting software to do?
I think Broadlook software is the single best tool for sourcing. Broadlook Diver costs money and though I hate spending money on this kind of products (since there's so much free stuff out there), I think it's a great value.
Here is a FREE license to the Contact Capture (normally worth around $200 I think) and a free trial of the Diver tool http://www.broadlook.com/braingain
Diver does parse resumes, too but it does more than just that.
I like Rithesh's answer below. Some of the items he mentions are good tools. We use a SaaS setup where I work, and I have worked primarily SaaS packages (Bullhorn, Sendouts to name a couple). I would be curious to learn what you choose because a a few independent recruiters have recently asked me this question.