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An interview with Jérémie Roboh, managing partner at MRJ
Can you tell us something about your company?
MRJ Web is a company specialised in the development and integration of Open Source web solutions as well as software development. Our strategy revolves around two complementary areas of activity: on the one hand the design, implementation and search engine optimisation of recruitment agencies’ websites and on the other the development of related applications. It is in this framework that we have developed the full web-based software: Job Explorer.
What makes Job Explorer unique? How do you distinguish your business from the competition?
In three words, Job Explorer is simple, complete and web-based. The goal of Job Explorer is to allow recruitment professionals to manage their entire activity within a single software, from business development to placement. And this in a simple and accessible way. Job Explorer was developed by web professionals who know its specificities first-hand. For instance, we have recently developed a plugin which can link WordPress-based websites to Job Explorer. We are also the first to have made it possible to import batches of CVs using drag-and-drop.
What role does technology play in your strategy?
The recruitment profession is highly technical and constantly evolving. It has gone through the changes brought about by the web, social networks and now semantic technology. Our clients want more than a toolbox, they want software products that are intelligent. If this is not the case today, this is at least what we are working on. Technology is therefore at the heart of our company. Job Explorer combines a native and complete ATS and CRM which allows you to simultaneously manage sales prospects, candidate pools and related activities such as setting up appointments or sending emails. We have for instance set up a link with the Corporama website to facilitate business development, a link with Mandrill to provide diffusion of secured emails and are about to integrate Jobfeed as a sales “targeting” tool for consultants. We are very active when it comes to integrating new web technology and our customer can expect even more new functionalities for 2014.
How does Textkernel’s technology help your business?
The technical approach of Textkernel is exactly what we expect from a partner. We chose to integrate Extract!, Search! and Jobfeed into Job Explorer, to provide an extra service to our customers. After testing multiple parsers, Textkernel’s cv parsing software Extract! turned out to be the most suitable module because of its well thought-out web dimension. The possibility to process candidate CVs which are generated automatically in HTML format is especially valuable for a full web-based software system. To increase the quality of our service, we have chosen to integrate the semantic search software Search!. Search! not only searches through all texts including attachments but allows us to provide a personalised service to our customers who can now search information present in their SQL database. Our last project has allowed us to search for companies looking to recruit within a given geographical radius around the location of a candidate (most tools only allow to search candidates in the vicinity of a company). Finally Textkernel’s product Jobfeed proved to be responding well to the needs of our client working in the field of outplacement. By working as a bridge between the CRM and ATS components of Job Explorer, Jobfeed allows consultants to directly identify prospects who are actively recruiting. We are now in the process of making it possible for Job Explorer to directly propose candidates matching the job to its users.
How do you see the future of Job Explorer? What is your ambition for the company?
Job Explorer is the latest ATS to have entered the market. It has however grown surprisingly rapidly since its introduction at the trade show Solution RH in 2013. We have spent the past year perfecting the software and narrowing down our positioning. We have also concluded partnerships with strong actors within the recruitment ecosystem such as Textkernel, Multiposting, Corporama and are planning to keep doing this for the upcoming year.
Our ambition in the short term is to become a major player in our field. Time will tell …
Visit the website of Job Explorer.