Hire is web-based app designed to allow you to process application data on EconJobMarket.org.
When your organization places an ad for a PhD level economist position on EconJobMarket.org, you can have applicants apply directly at EconJobMarket.org so that there job market papers, cv and reference letters become available in Hire. You can create a customized application form at EconJobMarket.org. You can later search for applicants on Hire according to the answers they provided.
As a member of the recruiting committee you can assign applications to other users in your department, and comment on and rate applicants according to a scheme that you devise.
Later on, when you have decided who you want to interview, you can have EconJobMarket.org's automating interview scheduling system setup up your interviews for you.
If you are still processing paper applications, this process will allow you to spend your time evaluating candidates instead of processing paper.
If you don't want to take applications through econjobmarket, you can create a "letters only" application at econjobmarket.org, then access the letters here on hire, or have them forwarded to an email account you choose. This makes life a lot easier for those of us who are writing the letters, since econjobmarket automates the transmission of letters. If you have experience writing reference letters for your undergraduate students when they apply to grad school, you will understand how costly this process can become.
Finally, Hire offers a backup option that will allow you to save all your applications at the end of the recruiting season, or create application packages for all the applicants you plan to interview at the winter meetings which can be stored on a laptop.