Whichever feeling may cause its name, The Resumator is definitely not just about resumés. In fact, it's a complete cloud Recruiting Software software and what is more – it's pretty good! Certainly we are ready to describe The Resumator as a market leader. Among its more than six hundred clients there are some well-known brands like Mashable, HootSuite, IGN, Evernote, and Posterous. So, let's see why The Resumator attracted them.
The first screen we will see after we log in into The Resumator is the dashboard. We have to say we were impressed by its design and rich functionality. The Dashboard is not just merely an overview of the system status (statistics of open positions and candidates), but we can very well use it for the most of our work. The dashboard shows our inbox, watch list (highlights activity of monitored applicants), incomplete tasks and recent activity. Thus, after we log in we have everything we need for our work in one place and don't have to look into other views and other screens. This design is simply brilliant.
Recruiting system is all about job openings, so let's take a closer look at them. Creating of new job openings gives us a lot of freedom in almost every aspect. We liked that The Resumator is packed with a range of canned questions that may (or may not) be used in the job offer. Still not satisfied? There's a possibility to attach a short user-designed questionnaire (up to 20 questions) at the end of the job offer. With that the only limitation is one's own creativity, specific demands, and use case. Each job offer can also be assigned to a specific workflow, so the steps for recruiting an assistant or an executive director don't necessarily have to be the same. The Resumator can publish jobs on servers like Simply Hired or Indeed and also provides rich opportunities to share the job on various social networks. We can as well encourage own employees to share and promote the job opening on their social networks and The Resumator can track this as well. If you'll recruit someone this way, you know who should get the credit.
Every job has its own profile that contains all the related information. Here we can see job summary, referrals, social networks, applicants, statistics, and activity. But there's also a thing called Jobnosis™. This little feature is an automated rating system for job listings which can help with improving of the job description, formatting, etc. and thus helps to attract more applicants and increase their quality.
With The Resumator we can present jobs in two ways: either we can use a hosted site at your-company.theresumator.com or use a widget to insert jobs directly into pages of our company. Both variants excel in a very good customization options even in the case of the hosted site. Hosted page can be modified by own CSS, so the looks are going to be precisely as we want them. We also liked the build in option to apply with LinkedIn profile.
Applicants and Messages
Applicants can get to the system in various ways – they can apply to the job openings or we can add them manually one by one. Unfortunately, we didn't find a way how to import a database of our future prospects or any other batch upload option.
Let's explore the applicant's profile now. First, there is an applicant's dashboard with basic information such as name or address and resume preview both in its original format sent by applicant (powered by Scribd and implemented very well, can preview PDF, DOC, DOCX, and others) or in a text form. There's also a detailed user profile which has to be filled in by hand; however, this process might be very time consuming. If there was some resume parsing function, it would be of a help (but there's not). Nevertheless, keyword searching was working very well and was giving us accurate results.
Applicant's profile serves as a center for the communication between the recruiting team and the applicant as well. We found it handy to have everything in one place, no matter who sends what message.
Teams and Workflow
Team work is well supported by The Resumator, which gives the product yet another dimension. First, all work is oriented around jobs or applicants and not about people. This way everyone (with the right user rights, of course) can see what others did. Applicant's profile includes evaluations that can be used by different team members during different steps in a recruiting workflow and no information will be lost. The profile also has an activity section that shows what happened and when. The Resumator also has a Tasks section. Here we can create task for ourselves or delegate them.
As mentioned above, in The Resumator we can define multiple recruiting workflows. Now, we can have different steps for different job types. But what would happen if we want to change the workflow of an already existing job opening? The Resumator already thought even about that and made it possible. If we change the workflow it will offer steps that match this different workflow, so no work will be lost.
The Resumator has four paid plans. The cheapest one called Basic costs $49 per month for an unlimited number of users and a maximum of 3 active jobs. This version unfortunately does not offer the full functionality – Team-Based Permissions and Design and Custom Domain are missing (available for additional $19/month each), but one can get them in the second paid plan called Surge for $99 a month. The Basic plan also lacks Reports and Analytics (also available for aditional $39/month), which are part of the second most expensive plan Grow for a monthly fee of $199. Finally, the most expensive plan is available for $399 a month, offers up to 30 active job and in addition includes Training Sessions (these are available for a fee for other plans as well) and a Dedicated Account Manager. If you just want to try The Resumator, you can use any of the plans for 14 days for free as a trial.
Frankly, we liked The Resumator a lot. It has everything a recruiting software should have: powerful job openings, nicely designed applicants database, many team work functions, and many nicely looking reports (available in more expensive plans only). It can be customized in deep and offers many options but at the same time stays clean, well arranged and simple to use. Yes, it is a bit more expensive than other similar solutions, but we think that the price is reasonable given the quality of the product which will save us a lot of time thanks to its smooth and smart design.
What we liked:
- Dashboard gives us an overlook of everything important, so we don't have to look any further to start your work after you log in.
- Applicant's profile is clean and powerful, original resume is previewed in its original formatting or plain text, email communication is stored and all activity is recorded. Very nice and useful!
- User interface is very well though out and very intuitive. Main stress is on jobs and applicants and not on recruiters, so everyone with sufficient user rights can have the whole picture and the team members are substitutable.
- Pretty looking reports (included in more expensive plans) can save a lot of hand work.
- Customization in general is on a high level, so The Resumator can be adjusted to specific needs.
What we didn't like:
- Cheaper plans don't include some functionality which is actually quite handy. There's no option to pay just for the function you'd need and going to more expensive plans, which include the desired function, might be fairly expensive.
- There's no import function nor batch upload function. If you have a database of prospects, prepare yourself for adding them one by one.
- Applicant's profile has to be filled in by hand which can be very time consuming. Some resume parsing function would be of a help.