Custom fields are managed via the itris Management Utility (IMU) Data area.
A Custom Field is simply a field defined by you as an organisation to hold pieces of data of use to your organisation which itris does not accommodate. All recruitment agencies work in vastly different ways, within various industries and use itris in contrasting manners with different procedures. Custom Fields allow you to customise itris to work alongside your business and workflow, they are often used in conjunction with compliance.
A Custom Field can be assigned to one or more record types, can be in a variety of data type formats and are searchable.
Types of Data
There are a variety of different types of data which can be set when creating Custom Fields including text, numbers and dates etc.
Within the Text Custom Field, you have the ability to set a minimum and maximum character limit. For example, if you wanted to set it so users could only assign a single character to a Custom Field, you would create it to have a max length of one character.
A Boolean value is either a true or false value. You can provide values based on the context of the scenario. It may be a simple 'Yes' and 'No' value, or it might be used to set 'Qualified' and 'Not Qualified' status.
Similarly to text, you have the option to set minimum and maximum values, however, unlike text, this will be set on the actual value, and not the length. So, where text limits are based on character length, number limits are based on an actual number, so for instance, a maximum number 150 would not allow a value >150 to be entered on the Custom Field.
This type of Custom Field will allow a number with a decimal point. This is identical to the type Number, as it will allow limits to be set.
The Date Custom Field will allow you to assign a date, for example, it might be a previous qualification date or an expiry date. You can also set an earliest and latest date, and you might use this for qualifications yet to come into effect or perhaps those that are no longer available.
The Date Range Custom Field will allow users to set a start and end date to a user field. If using min and max, days the date range start and end date must fall within these two periods of days. As an example this allows you to create one custom field to cover work visa's that might last anywhere between one to five years, as opposed to having to create separate custom fields for one year, three year, five year visas etc.
For the Text, Number, Decimal and Date data types you can create predefined value lists to choose from when assigning the custom field to a record. The list can be restrictive so it is all that is selectable or it can be set so that the list is selectable or an entry can be typed.
An example when you might tick to restrict the list is for a UK Tax Code letter, where there are only a handful of letters used in UK Tax Codes, so for a user to enter a letter that does not exist, results in a lack of data quality. By adding lists, the quality of the data will be upheld.
There may be some cases where you might not want to fix a list. If the restrict option is not ticked users will be able to choose from the list or type in a manual entry. This allows the flexibility to either enforce the list or provide it as a common quick selection.
You can make the values of custom fields available as merge fields. These can then be used in emails and email templates.