‘What does it mean?’ Glossary of Recruitment Software Terms – Part Three

Posted by Shane Wheeler | February 2, 2016 |
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From AOAs to Widgets, what do all these recruitment software terms actually mean? In the third of three blogs, Shane Wheeler, Marketing Communications Executive, Bond International Software, sheds some light on the acronyms, nicknames and technical terms you’ll often see and hear when considering recruitment software.



Real time software processes data as it comes into the system without any buffering delays. Processing time is measured in tenths of seconds or less. AdaptUX is designed to operate in real-time to instantly update information throughout the system; which can be viewed and actioned via the Adapt Studio dashboards. (See also: Dashboards)

ROI – Return on Investment

Return on Investment is a common way for businesses to evaluate profit in relation to the capital invested in a product or service. AdaptUX ensures best practice is achieved daily and the return on investment is clear.


SaaS – Software as a Service

SaaS (pronounced “sass”) stands for Software as a Service. Using SaaS means software is not installed on your desktop, laptop or tablet because it’s installed on the software provider’s server instead, and your access is via the internet. SaaS users are effectively renting the software instead of buying it, which is why the term ‘On Demand’ is often used. (See also: Cloud, OnDemand, Single-tenant, Multi-tenant)

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In computing, the term ‘sandbox’ is used to refer to a number of instances, from computer security to software development. Here at Bond, we provide sandbox AdaptUX systems for prospective clients to ‘play’ in. Users may test AdaptUX and really get a feel for how the system operates and would work for them.


In recruitment software, scalability is the capability of the system to process an increasing workload, easily add new users and effectively grow with the business it supports. AdaptUX is an infinitely scalable system. (See also: ROI)

Structured Search

Structured search is interrogating data which has an inherent structure, such as comparing numbers and finding the smaller or larger value, or finding exact keywords within bodies of text. The answer to a structured search is always ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and search results reflect this by including or not including certain items.


Single-tenant Software as a Service users access their own version of the software, via their own cloud hosted server. Imagine the system is a detached house, built to exacting specifications, with the freedom to add a conservatory or a swimming pool. Bond OnDemand plus offers cloud delivery with additional benefits including bespoke configuration, flexible upgrades and more. (See also: Cloud, SaaS, OnDemand, Single-tenant, Multi-tenant)

Skill Codes

Skill codes are used by recruitment-specific CRM systems, such as AdaptUX, to classify, search upon and group candidate records. Skill codes can include skills, job titles, qualifications, sectors and more. Skill codes can be added to candidate records within AdaptUX by the recruitment consultant using the system, or automatically during the CV parsing process. There is no limit to the number of skill codes which can be added to candidate records in AdaptUX. (See also: Parsing)


Sourcing is the term most often used to describe the recruiter’s process of finding new and suitable candidates. Popular sourcing avenues include job boards, social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and researching the CRM’s existing candidate database. AdaptUX delivers a number of sourcing tools and Bond partner with leading software providers including Broadbean to bring users additional sourcing technology options. (See also: Federated Search)


User Interface (UI)

The user interface comprises the entire ‘user experience’ of the software, including the aesthetic appearance, the content it provides and how this content is graphically displayed. The inherent user interface and Adapt Studio dashboard system within AdaptUX manages the information, tasks and workflows carried out by AdaptUX users. (See also: Dashboard, Widget)



A web-based application is a program which is accessed and run via the internet within a web browser. (See also: Hosting, SaaS, OnDemand, OnPremise)


A widget is a graphical control within an application’s user interface enabling users to directly interact with the software. Ranging from buttons, scroll bars and tick boxes to windows panels and tabs, widgets are designed to facilitate the running of tasks and workflows to ensure the overall user experience is straightforward and productive. The Adapt Studio dashboard system includes drag and drop widgets enabling users to add live feeds of data and run workflows within a number of pre-designed our user-designed window layouts. (See also: Dashboards)

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Shane Wheeler
From 1997, Shane was an Account Manager for a global broadcast monitoring company, providing services to the marketing and PR industries. Shane’s career at Bond began in 2010 as a Business Development Manager for Bond Adapt. Shane moved to the Bond Adapt marketing team in 2014 as Marketing Communications Executive.

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