Simplify Life. Become a G-Recruiter

You want to be a G-Recruiter?

Consider it if you’re an independent, or work where Outlook is considered an ATS, or you track candidates on Post-Its and file resumes on your hard drive in the folder called “RESUMES.” Or you’re simply tired of working the way someone else thinks you should.

G-Recruiter, as its maker Amitai Givertz describes it, is a mash-up of free Google tools that automate most routine and many mundane recruiting functions. “G-Recruiters are people who combine Google’s free services and related tools to replace conventional recruiting products and services,” he proclaims on the G-Recruiter website, built, appropriately, on Google sites.

Using Google desktop, a browser (preferably Firefox), and such free Google services as Gmail, search, Google Docs, and its RSS reader, Givertz has built a powerful recruiter desktop that can be customized to the user’s tastes and needs. Remarkably, everything is free. Just as remarkably, Givertz has packaged all the essentials for easy downloading, and has posted a series of tutorials and videos that show you how to make everything work.

You do need some computer chops to assemble the pieces and customize it, but you don’t need to be a geek to do this.

“Nobody in their right mind would want to go through what I went through (to build this),” he confessed. “But it’s done, so it should be painless.”

Because this is a labor of love, rather than one of profit, you won’t find a step-by-step manual. Plan on spending a little time tinkering, especially if you’re not all that familiar with things like RSS, email filtering, or iGoogle. I promise you, these are easy tools. And if you do need help, there’s a Google Group full of G-Recruiters eager to assist.

What you have for your investment of time is a recruiter dashboard that can automatically conduct candidate searches, retrieve resumes, filter and file them, while you do other things. Inbound resumes are automatically processed, sorted, and the candidates sent an acknowledgment.

That’s just a sample. As your skill with the tools grows, you’ll find yourself adding elements and fine-tuning to streamline the work process to best fit your needs.

“What I’ve done is create a Frankenstein,” Givertz told me the first time we discussed G-Recruiter. “I heard about using Google at SourceCon and I thought I’d give it a try.” Piece by piece, over the course of a year, he cobbled together the parts that would become G-Recruiter.

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He used Google because it was familiar to him (and nearly everyone else in the world), it is free, it has multiple tools, also free, continues to develop new ones, and it operates in the cloud, meaning everything is portable and nothing has to be maintained by the user, the way, say, a proprietary program would have to be.

When other recruiters saw what he had built, Givertz began giving it away. It wasn’t long before a community of G-Recruiters arose. Now they share tips, problems, and solutions. And they sing the praises of Mr. Recruitomatic and his desktop.

Typical is this from cloud recruiting evangelist Michael Marlatt: “Ami is doing some fantastic things around leveraging Google applications as a “one-stop-shop” (free) recruiting desktop that has yet to be matched by anyone in the industry. Impressive stuff…”

It was Marlatt’s 2008 SourceCon presentation that set Givertz on the path to becoming, as he says, “A bona fide cloud recruiter and G-Recruiter.”

Givertz funds his project with donations and a $15 a head charge to get a recording and copies of handouts from his G-Recruiting webinars. (You can attend them, for, what else, free.)

Whatever that doesn’t cover, he pays for himself. His other job is running AMG Management Advisors, a salesforce development and talent management firm, that among other services, conducts specialized candidate searches. His other, other job is running Brown Bag Recruiter, a recruiter training site, that, like most everything Givertz does, is mostly free.

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John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.


11 Comments on “Simplify Life. Become a G-Recruiter

  1. Thats some pretty cool stuff Ami is doing.

    If you cant beat Outlook, you have to join it. We spent the last year developing a total Outlook interface option, toolbars, views, panes, the works.

    Will be interesting to see what happens when Ami needs just that little extra…to turn it up to 11 with some software code….

    Blink and you are in the ATS business…

  2. I had the opportunity to explore Ami’s platform at it’s early stages and it truly is ingenious and innovative! His extreme creative intelligence is equally matched by his modesty and generosity. Anyone who takes the opportunity to see what he has done here will be beyond impressed without a doubt.

  3. While at PG & E I used Amitai’s G-recruiter and he was fabulous! I messed it up many times and he was patient and persistent and always helped me to learn the ins and outs of the G-recuiter dashboard! I love it and he is the type of vendor or is always there when you need him.

  4. I too, decided that the dashboard is such a great resource that I had to customize it for the company I work for; Intuit. Now our team of sources has the dashboard and is just beginning to scratch the surface of some of its functionality. It took me a bit to wrap my head around the freeness of the tool but I completely get the open source mindset It’s great to know there are people out there who are willing to help others and not structure their help around making money. I strongly recommend investing in the time to download the dashboard and tools and give watching the video tutorials!

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