These days, many companies look to an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for answers to their recruiting problems. What exactly is an ATS?
An ATS is software 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 recruiting industry data and functional design to give their users the most user-friendly experience possible.
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 to collect applicant data, you can save a significant amount of time by having the system collect and organize information, reduce the number of lost applicants, and assist in the screening and overall search processes.
A visual take on the applicant’s journey through the hiring process
The benefits of an ATS go beyond saving you time. With an ATS, you can improve communications between hiring managers and applicants and perform recruiting tasks that cannot be done effectively with manual systems. The ATS can assist in attracting passive candidates by facilitating social media referrals, reducing barriers to submitting an application, or by providing powerful search capabilities so that you can search through your entire talent pool.
It’s easy to see how an ATS can streamline your hiring process. The hard part is determining how to select the right ATS for your needs.