My recruiting career began in 2005, and like many small recruiting firms we are a family company. My father Jeff Gipson Sr. started The James Allen Companies Inc in 2000 after nearly a decade with a mid-sized staffing firm in St. Louis.
I cut my teeth on cold calls and daily doses of classic recruiting trainers like Steve Finkel, Bill Radin, and Peter Leffkowitz. At the time, we used a server/client application called PCHunter. While it worked fine, it was nothing more than a Rolodex of names, and our needs were changing. We needed an ATS that could streamline our process, something that could help launch us into the 21st century.
After hours of research, and recruiting software demos we made our decision, and switched to a new CRM. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long to learn the meaning of regret. Although PCHunter lacked some modern features, it had one fundamental aspect correct. Whether a person was a client or candidate, they only had one record. What we didn’t realize is that our new CRM created separate files for each that did not sync. This led to duplicates, recruiters calling each other’s candidates, and a lot of added stress. We couldn’t take it. We had to find another database. After another long search, we found a company called Maxhire. A great database that not only solved the multiple record problem but had all the additional features we needed.
After about six years of happily using Maxhire, we were informed they were being purchased by Bullhorn. While Bullhorn didn’t force us to switch, they stopped updating and improving Maxhire. Seeing the writing on the wall, we decided it was once again time to search for a new database. This time, we were smarter and knew Bullhorn wasn’t an option because they used two records per person like our previous CRM. After another round of demos and research, we made the switch to PCRecruiter. Stay tuned for a review as we dive into PCR.
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