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    Using Access for Business

    We are setting up a new executive search business. Can we use Access initially as our primary database for such things as resumes, job orders and so on? I am just beginning to learn the program so am not 100% certain this is do-able.

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    Re: Using Access for Business

    IMHO (in my humble opinion)Access is extremely versatile. You should be able to use it for any small business application. As in all things, however, it depends. If your business is too big, if there are too many users, then Access may be too limiting for you. (I am not familiar enough to say any more than MAY BE. If you are to be the programmer and it must be done right away, then that will be a problem as well. I have been working with Access for over 3 years and just now feel comfortable enough to say I might be good enough for small applications. It is a very complex program and there is a lot to learn. I think, however, that you can use it for any data gathering and cataloging you need.

    I hope that helps in some way.
    Debbie

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    Re: Using Access for Business

    It certainly has the functionality to do that sort of thing. Unless you anticipate an awfully large clientele very quickly I find it very difficult to believe that you'll have problems with size limitations for a very long time.

    Whether you're comfortable learning everything you'll need to learn to create a useful system or whether you'll want to hire someone to create it or whether it would be better to buy a "canned" system (I don't know of any for that purpose, but I would think that there should be something out there) are much harder questions to answer.

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    Re: Using Access for Business

    It definitely is doable. Whether it's doable by someone just learning to program is another question. It is very easy to build bad applications in Access and it takes a lot of work to build good ones. If you just want to store resume information, it will be fairly easy. If you want to store scanned resumes, it becomes less easy and less appropriate for Access. You might take a look at some of the Access-based commercial applications to get an idea of what can actually be done with it. MYOB springs to mind, among others.
    Charlotte

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