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Yahoo introduces recruitment software

Yahoo is adding new recruiting and hiring software to extend its search and instant messaging (IM) technology.

The Hiring Gateway will be launched at the Employment Management Association conference in Las Vegas later this month by Yahoo's Resumix recruiting and hiring division.

The software is aimed at giving company recruiters and hiring managers a way to manage, sort through and communicate with job candidates. The user interface has a similar design to the Yahoo homepage, and  the company is emphasising its ease of use.

Hiring Gateway leverages Yahoo's search and extraction technology to sort job applicants using rules defined by the user. The software also allows users to track and annotate their progress in the recruiting process, as well as set up meetings and even send instant messages to candidates who have a Yahoo Messenger account.

The software also features an integrated e-mail functionality, alerts and analytics.

Resumix executive vice-president and general manager Tim Villanueva said the software is designed to eliminate what hiring and recruiting professionals call the "resume black hole" that can emerge when companies receive a glut of job applicants.

The launch also serves to broaden Yahoo's enterprise offerings as the company continues to strive to diversify its revenue stream.

The recruiting and hiring software is aimed at larger companies and is priced at $200,000 (£127,000) and up for new customers, while existing Resumix customers can receive a "low cost upgrade", Villanueva said.


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