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APPLICANT TRACKING BASICS

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Almost everyone in Human Resources knows what an applicant tracking system (ATS) is and a good majority may already have one in place at their company. Yet, for various reasons, some have not quite bought in to the need for an ATS. Criticisms include ATS systems create a less personal process for interacting with candidates and resumes/applications become more standard and robotic. Others argue that by requiring certain information fields, ATS’s makes it easier to discriminate.

ATS’s definitely have their pros and cons, but all-in-all, they are an absolute best practice for organizations looking to streamline processes and limit liability. For those that don’t yet have an ATS or even those that do but don’t fully understand why they are necessary, let’s take a look at the benefits an ATS systems brings to any organization.

Tim’s Strategy offers various factors to account for when considering implementing an ATS:

  1. Number of Applicants. The sheer volume of applicants can be overwhelming for any recruiter. In order to screen and process a high-volume of candidates, an ATS system may be needed to review applicants more efficiently.

 

  1. Government Reporting Requirements and Discrimination. Throughout the years, government reporting requirements have continually changed. ATS systems can easily aid companies with compliance to EEO requirements and discrimination liability.

 

  1. Applicant Tracking. Including the time-consuming process of reviewing and reporting all candidates that apply, tracking the steps of a hiring process and each applicant can be easily streamlined with an ATS system. Tracking applicants electronically reduces errors, saves time and allows for easy recall in the event of a claim made or suit filed against the organization.

 

  1. Government Reporting Requirements and Discrimination. Throughout the years, government reporting requirements have continually changed. ATS systems can easily aid companies with compliance to EEO requirements and discrimination liability.

According to Beyond, a recent study by software consulting company, Software Advice, found that

“While the number of companies utilizing manual methods has declined since last year, 61 percent of their customers were managing their applicants with spreadsheets and email. Most of the companies surveyed were in the small business sector (76 percent). As companies grow out of traditional methods, they seek the time-saving and streamlining capabilities of an Applicant Tracking System.”

The need to increase efficiency and organization was still the top reason buyers provided for purchasing a new ATS—although fewer buyers gave this as their primary reason for seeking software in 2014 (37 percent of buyers) as compared to 2013 (45 percent).

However, the percentage of buyers seeking software due to company growth almost doubled in 2014. In 2013, only 11 percent of buyers noted they were looking to purchase software because their current system was unable to support the growth of their business. In 2014, 18 percent of buyers said this was the case.”

While there will always be negative aspects of implementing any new system, the advantages of an ATS far outweigh the disadvantages. Streamline hiring processes by saving time and energy with an ATS. In the end you will have more time to focus on the more personalized pieces of the recruitment process, such as interviewing and networking.

 

06 Jan, 15

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