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What is Applicant Tracking System Software for Talent Acquisition?
Recruiters, hiring managers, and anyone else in involved with recruiting – does this nightmare sound familiar?
Imagine an overflowing email inbox, a stack of resumes ten inches high sitting on your desk, calls to make and a long list of things to do. Where do you start? You spent last week manually posting ten different urgent job postings on the internet; now you have to sort, vet, screen, interview, and hire the applicants while you do everything else that you’re responsible for.
How are you realistically going to stay on top of all of this?
Sounds like you need an ATS
These days, more and more companies are looking to applicant tracking system software (ATS) for answers to their recruiting problems. What exactly is an ATS?
An ATS is a software system designed to provide an efficient, cost-effective recruiting infrastructure that supports your efforts to attract, review and select the best candidates for your team.
The essential purpose of an ATS is to streamline the hiring process. The best ATS systems leverage technology and functional design to give their users and applicants the most user-friendly experience possible.
Basic functions of an ATS
The basic functions of an ATS are to provide the employer with an organized, often automated recruiting support system and to improve the rate of success when sourcing high-quality candidates.
By using an ATS (instead of your e-mail inbox or the US mail) to collect applicant data, you can save a huge amount of time. The system will collect and organize information, reduce the number of lost applicants, and assist in the screening and overall search processes.
Here are some of the top features you can expect from any quality ATS:
- Applicant tracking: Automatically sort and track applicants through every stage of the recruiting process.
- Mobile functionality: 70% of job seekers now use mobile technology to search for jobs – don’t get left behind!
- Calendar and email communication: Create customized email templates, automatic responses, trackable communication logs, a shareable calendar, and more.
- Pre-screening Questions: Automate the entire initial screening process.
- Systems Integration: Link other software applications (HRIS, background checks, job boards, etc.) to your ATS.
Benefits of using an ATS
First and foremost, an ATS will save you time. When you can automate the time-consuming leg-work of manually managing resumes/paper applicants and reviewing candidates and manually creating report