I got an email last week from a guy who runs a recruitment agency and wants to adopt open source software for a specific requirement he can't comfortably afford to meet via an established commercial package.
Here's his thumbnail description of the specific requirement:
I have a client who has numerous line managers effectively hiring managers.
The system I need will allow every line manager a unique login where they can upload their job vacancies in the business which then alerts the recruiter a new vacancy has been loaded.
The recruiter opens this and it alerts that line manager that the recruiter assigned is working the vacancy for him/her. The recruiter sources the right candidates, uploads the relevant cv's which alerts the line manager/hiring manager that he/she has new resumes/cv's to review for their approval. Once they have approved these or rejected them they agree on interview times dates etc - in a calendar or something like that - which then alerts the recruiter.
The recruiter books interviews with the candidates and alerts the line/hiring manager again that the task is complete. There is a section on offers/acceptance. Obviously HR will have full access allowing them to see the whole picture and have statistics on how the recruiter is working etc.
The "etc"s on this are a little more complicated than they might sound so this has to be part of some package at least a couple of other people in the recruitment business are using.
I haven't been keeping up with developments in recruiting software and couldn't point him at anything I've actually seen in use myself - so, can you?
Note: if you're personally involved with something that might help, please comment here and/or get in touch. I'll give it about a 15 second distant sniff test and put anyone not too obviously out to lunch in touch with the guy who sent me the email.