Like any industry these days, the pressure to find qualified workers is high. But when the employee will be a government contractor, the recruiting process becomes even harder. Part of the problem is that the pace of federal hiring is much slower than the rest of the business world. This creates problems for recruiters who are more likely to lose the employee to a competitor in today’s candidate-driven, low-unemployment market.
Beyond today’s hiring challenges, applicant tracking is problematic; there are myriad local, state, and federal requirements, including OFCCP applicant tracking, that are easy to miss. Without the right government recruiting software, companies are at risk for non-compliance, which could cost you thousands in government penalties.
Recruiting in the federal contractor field is tricky. Your organization must take pains to comply with a variety of federal regulations well before making contact with the first candidate. If you’re new to the contracting space, recruiting a new employee can feel like walking through a minefield.
The primary expectations of state and federal agencies is that your company will do its best to hire from a candidate pool that includes minorities, women, veterans, and the differently abled whenever it is reasonably possible. The crux of compliance means that you will always conduct a good-faith recruiting effort to hire from these candidate pools.
If you’ve engaged in recruiting in the past you probably understand the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) standards for hiring and tracking your activities. But as a government contractor, you must now also be in compliance with the Ofice of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs (OFCCP).
OFCCP applicant tracking has federal requirements that differ from the EEOC standards. Some of the OFCCP applicant tracking rules include:
Fulfilling OFCCP applicant tracking rules manually would be a nightmare. Fortunately, government recruiting software can help you stay in compliance.
Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are government recruiting software platforms that help organizations comply with OFCCP applicant tracking rules. This software can help government contractors by:
If your organization is moving into the world of government contracting or if you have an older ATS, it’s probably time to consider one of the next generation government recruiting software platforms. The benefits of these platforms are myriad and compliance with OFCCP rules is just the icing on the cake.
Federal contractor recruiting requirements are complex and likely to change. Fortunately, The Applicant Manager (TAM) software was designed to help you remain in compliance with all of the recruiting and documentation requirements for federal contracts. TAM eliminates the arduous manual process of government contracting by letting the software do the heavy lifting. Without TAM, your ability to remain compliant with federal contracting rules would be in question.
Some of the standard features of TAM software relevant to federal contracting guidelines include:
While these are just a few of the standard TAM features, we designed our platform for full OFCCP compliance. These features include:
TAM is a next-level ATS platform designed for governing contracting. The tool is fully customizable and offers extensive automation to help your recruiters and hiring teams work more efficiently while remaining in compliance with all state and federal compliance rules.
If your organization is entering the federal contracting field, or if your ATS doesn’t have these features, perhaps it’s time for a demo of the TAM product. Contact us to find out how we can keep you legal and streamline your recruiting efforts.
TAM can make the hiring process a breeze, especially for federal contractors. Don’t be stuck with antiquated recruiting software. Click here to schedule your demo of TAM.