In theory, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) gives companies the ability to pass human recruiting tasks on to automated tools. Not only does this delegate the prescreening process to a robot, it can also prevent would-be candidates from even becoming applicants. This...
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Why Using an ATS is Important for Your Hiring Process
Overflowing email inboxes. Manual job postings. Multiple jobs on tons of job boards. Sorting resumes. Screening applicants.
We live in a world of overload…too many emails, too much work, too many priorities, too many interruptions. It’s getting harder and harder to get through the day feeling like you’ve made forward progress. Few professionals can appreciate this more than those responsible for recruiting and hiring.
This information and task overload can cause recruiters, HR professionals, and hiring managers to make mistakes, such as:
- Casting too narrow a net
- Skipping or neglecting pre-screening steps
- Relying primarily on the interview for hiring decisions
- Making the application process too cumbersome for the candidate
- Losing great applicants!
What’s your company to do? Hiring more people to help you hire more people isn’t necessarily a smart business move. Thankfully, an applicant tracking system (ATS) can help manage today’s complexities around talent acquisition.
The Importance of Using ATS Technology
With applicant tracking software, you can streamline your recruitment and hiring efforts. Automate certain aspects of the process so that you can spend more time cultivating candidate relationships and selecting the right hire. Best-in-class ATS features include:
- A branded, mobile-friendly careers page
- Job board integrations
- Applicant management
- Job library
- Advanced search capabilities
- Communication management tools like email templates, auto capture of applicant responses, communications logs, and integrated calendaring
- Reporting (KPIs and EEOC)
- A passive applicants database
- Onboarding tools
- Job requisition
- Detailed applicant profiles
- Compliance features for capture and storage of confidential information
- Custom workflows and user roles
While the above features sound terrific (if you’ve used an ATS before), thinking about the enormous benefits from using an ATS is bound to make your day!
Manually posting multiple jobs to tons of websites takes time. Promoting open positions on social media eats up precious hours of your day. Opening emails and responding to under-qualified applicants can steal many soul-crushing hours from your week.
ATS solutions automate mundane tasks like posting jobs, pre-screening applicants (so you only deal with those who are qualified) and facilitates faster communication via email templates, and takes the heavy lifting out of reporting.
Better communication & relationship building
An ATS provides recruiting and hiring professionals with relationship management tools to improve communications and set a great first impression with applicants. Engage applicants in a timely and professional manner using personalized one-to-one and mass email options, a communications log, notes, calendar integration, and other features that streamline communication.
More actionable data
Companies that use an applicant tracking system have a greater ability to mine applicant data to make informed recruiting and hiring positions. Effortlessly sort and