SmartSearch Builds Custom Career Portals for Opportunity International to Support its Global Expansion and Quest for Talent

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Leading applicant tracking system provides candidate relationship management tools in multicultural hiring environment.

The SmartSearch database provides a recruiting infrastructure that brings technology, business process and collaboration to staffing management and talent acquisition efforts. SmartSearch offers extensive user-configurability and a powerful search engine that identifies the most qualified candidates.

Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS) announced the addition of custom career portals for SmartSearch, a web-based talent acquisition system, to serve expanding multi-national recruiting needs at Opportunity International. In addition to serving its North American operations in the U.S. and Canada, two new Career Center portals were launched for recruiting management trainees throughout Africa and for TSKI, the largest microfinance organization in the Philippines. A third portal is scheduled to be deployed soon for Opportunity International Savings and Loan in Ghana.

Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to over a million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in almost 30 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net for the future. Staffing for Opportunity International presents a set of unique challenges. In poor countries around the world, there are plenty of people and not enough skills. The organization is constantly seeking qualified banking and financial industry professionals and people who share its Christian mission to be part of the world’s long term solution to the problem of global poverty.

The SmartSearch applicant tracking system supports Opportunity International’s mission by providing a configurable database and workflow management toolsets that can be segregated into groups to meet the different recruiting needs of a decentralized, cross-cultural and multilingual hiring environment.

“Talent management is about quality, not quantity,” added Connie Stryjak, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Opportunity International. “Finding candidates that are the best fit is critical for the success of our organization. Putting the right people, with our values, in the right position at the right time is the key to success or failure.”.

“Talent acquisition begins with the creation of a cohesive, systematic and branded environment –- one that effectively projects the employer’s identity,” said Doug Coull, CEO of APS. “The SmartSearch database provides a recruiting infrastructure that brings technology, business process and collaboration to staffing management and talent acquisition efforts. SmartSearch offers extensive user-configurability and a powerful search engine that identifies the most qualified candidates.”

Amid weak economies and vast income gaps of the developing world, Opportunity International provides micro business loans, savings, insurance and training to people living in poverty. Over 1.5 million clients (85% women) use these financial services to start or expand a business, develop a steady income, provide for their families, and create jobs in their communities.

Opportunity International-US, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, is a fundraising partner within the Opportunity International Network, an association comprised of fundraising partners in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom and over 40 implementing partners in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. By addressing and transforming poverty, Opportunity International continues to change the course of generations, communities and countries - person by person.

About SmartSearch:
Advanced Personnel Systems has developed and deployed quality talent management and recruiting solutions since 1986. Having pioneered the field of resume-scanning-based recruiting solutions, APS is a recognized leader in on-demand technology and innovative approaches to recruitment data management. Its signature product, SmartSearch, currently in its thirteenth release, serves more than 6,000 users worldwide. Learn more about SmartSearch by visiting http://www.smartsearchonline.com

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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