Birth of A Free Applicant Tracking System

Jobsoid is a Free Applicant Tracking System, available to anybody wanting to simplify their recruitment process without a large recruitment team.

As the name suggests, Jobsoid means a “Jobs” “Droid”, and was born out of sheer need of a simple online recruitment solution which could handle our complex hiring process.

We are a software development company based in Goa India, a small state steadily stepping towards becoming a preferred IT destination of India. We receive a few hundred resumes by email every month, which generally skyrocket when we put out an Advert in the local newspapers or job portals.

This would generally fill up our HR mailbox, leaving us no option but to download and view every resume to find whether the candidate really matched our requirement. This was a very time consuming process and our HR team would struggle to go through all the resumes and most of the time would select candidates who had a good looking resume but hardly any relevant experience.

This was an even bigger problem in finding suitable candidates for a senior technical position. We used our tried and tested “Excel” and maintained a spreadsheet of the entire candidate list and would mark, unmark, put remarks or delete a candidate based on what we thought of the candidate.

Hence we decided to try some of the available online Applicant tracking systems in the market. We tried almost all Applicant tracking systems given to us by google. Some of them were too simple, some too complex (for our limited HR resources). Some were cheap, some very expensive and yes, one which was Free but kept crashing all the time.

Finally after trying about 10 odd applicant tracking systems for our recruitment, we settled for one solution which we thought was the right priced and had decent functionality. But most of the time, we would get spam marketing mails on our HR mailbox, which would show up as Candidates.

Secondly, we had to communicate at every stage of the candidate recruitment pipeline for which we had to use an email client or find the candidates phone from the resume and call the candidate manually.

Another problem was, we generally conducted batch interviews. None of the online applicant tracking systems available in the market would support this. We finally ended up using Excel again maintaining spreadsheets.

You can imagine… Candidate data in your mailbox, in the applicant tracking system and on a spreadsheet… That was really frustrating.

Finally I said enough is enough. Why can’t we build one?

So I called one of my senior developer and started sketching some conceptual designs of how a productive recruitment software solution should be.

The concept was.. Hiring should be made possible without a recruitment team. Recruitment process should be without using Spreadsheets or having to touch Email Clients. An online cloud based software solution in which you could create a job opening and at the click of a button, the same would show up on our website and job portals. Candidates should apply directly into the system… Recruiting them should be a matter of just a few clicks. All communication with candidates should be handled just magically.

A couple of weeks later, we had built a fairly useful piece of software which we put to work even in the early alpha stage. Voila, our problems started decreasing. We managed to get a structured view of candidates, filter them and call them for interviews. We didn’t need our HR team to break their heads worrying about using different software for different things. Rather they could do everything in an integrated recruitment solution which we called Jobsoid.

Thus began our journey of Jobsoid.. which is now a full featured applicant tracking system easing recruitment process for thousands of organizations around the globe.

We wanted to keep it accessible to everyone. Hence Jobsoid was made as a FREE applicant tracking system which anybody can make use of.

We will continue to build on this vision and try our level best to make Jobsoid the best applicant tracking system and online recruitment solution ever.

Visit www.jobsoid.com to see this in action.

Happy recruiting guys!