When developing our plan for 6prog, foremost in our mind was one question.
How can we make working easier?
One way to start answering this, was to evaluate what the service actually is that a contract agency offers, and we saw that the main substance of their work was administrative. Really? How is that useful to their clients?
Surely the focus of a recruiter would be meeting people and matching them to clients and vice versa, to ensure managers were getting strong candidates from their recruiters – not being encumbered by administration.
The 6prog platform is engineered to remove any need for duplication. It is a golden source of data because it is shared, securely, between those parties where access is given.
The platform makes it possible for recruiters to leave their desks behind and spend time talking to people; after all, people are what makes businesses, not admin.
This has generated an additional area of interest for us. If being a recruiter no longer entails chasing paperwork and tracking candidates, perhaps ‘anyone’ can do it?
It has been suggested to me that the key attribute of a good contract recruiter is their contact book; that being the case then I shall be going ‘to industry’ when I need to hire. I will be asking the people doing the work who they know that will be good.
Indeed I can use 6prog.com as my operations and back office while I get on with the interesting and exciting bit of business; meeting people.
An ATS is an ‘Applicant Tracking System’. Typically this is used by the agency and the client to keep abreast of all the available people for a particular job.
We found that there is a key person who misses out on being involved in the ATS though – the actual candidate!
If you are a candidate (we have all been one once!) you will have called, emailed, sms’d your agent or client to see at what stage on the tracker you are. Have you been submitted to the client? What was their feedback? When did / will / should the next stage be reached?
Furthermore, the recent GDPR regulations require that people who hold your data better understand what data they are holding, how long for and whether they should be holding it for any duration.
Perhaps it is better if the owner of that information administers it themselves? 6prog.com designed its workflow to enable the candidate to sign in and impact the ‘ATS’.
You can communicate with the client and/or the agent. You can administer your own data, therefore you know exactly who has your information and at what time.
Rather than being the data in an ATS… you are a participant and data controller yourself. Whilst I do not anticipate #candidatesarehumanstoo is a hashtag that will take off it does neatly summarise how we feel about our duty to 6progmembers.
Transparency is here – for a live and interactive demo contact email@example.com
For clients: Frequently, clients receive ‘adapted’ CVs for particular freelance roles. By moving away from applications and into a profile based reference system, 6prog takes away this issue. For more details see Lee Lam from DITCH.
For recruiters and networkers: A one sided database of names is so ‘pre-GDPR’. Therefore, 6prog’s people page updates itself when your contacts change their data such as recent project, new skills or availability. Connect to people who you want to trade with, not just to extend your friends list.
For freelancers: We know you are looking for work but do you want everyone approaching you all of the time? Even when you are in a project? I know. I can hear the screams of “…but I haven’t even done ‘x’ skill so why do they keep emailing me?” 6prog has preferences for available and unavailable.
The Marketplace: The marketplace doesn’t show my full profile. Correct. It enables those reading it to assess it on its merits, not by your gender or race. We firmly believe this will enhance diversity.
Twenty years ago our reputation was enough to stand out in a networking world based on word-of-mouth. Today, whilst this still matters, we all have a digital profile accessible by anyone who cares to use Google. [Safe to assume everyone you meet WILL google you]
6Prog profiles are used for Project Managers to choose a Network-Recruiter. In this case your audience is a time-poor customer in need of expert advice. You won’t get two chances!
What should you put in your profile?
history of success
markets you know about
where you have deep subject matter knowledge
how many people you have real contact and hold relationships
what service you can offer (NLP interviewing?)
who you are (do you have integrity?) Will your old clients act as referees?