Global recruitment agency Manpower has improved the ability to match job candidates to vacancies by enhancing its database searching capabilities.
As part of an overhaul of the company's front-office system that began in 2003, recruitment consultants can now improve their productivity by spending less time searching candidate databases to fill vacancies.
Manpower implemented PowerBase.net querying software from NCorp, which offers an enhanced search function over its previous SQL querying capability.
SQL queries tended to produce either absolute matches or no results, but the NCorp software produces results that are close matches.
This has enabled Manpower to develop "two-way" matching, according to Gary Cleal, global application architect at the agency.
This is a process of matching candidates' skills to vacancies and grading the results on how suitable the vacancy is for the candidate.
"It's all about matching the right person with the right vacancy. The partnership with NCorp helped us improve the process," said Cleal.
The responsiveness of the system was a key requirement for Manpower. As part of the front-office update the agency wanted its agents to be able to respond quickly to requests.
This meant that search results were needed in a matter of seconds, and Manpower worked with NCorp to fine-tune elements of its coding to achieve this.
"Although our part was only one component of reducing the time taken to produce results, we were able to change parts of our code that helped other applications cut search times," said Martin Blackburn, managing director of NCorp UK.
Manpower started rolling out the NCorp software in seven countries, including the UK, in the latter stages of 2003.
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