If you know something about recruitment, you have probably heard about applicant tracking systems. A growing number of businesses apply this technology in order to filter the CVs of candidates before recruiters even look at them. There are many different ATS to choose from; each has its pros and cons. In this article, we will talk about the ATS system and its main functions.
How ATS work
Applicant tracking systems are a database of collected CVs of professionals who are available for hire. It should be noted that this database may store CVs long after the original vacancy was filled. Also, it is useful for recruiters to stay in touch with the so-called “sleeping” candidates – the ones who are not looking for a job right now but can be available in the future. ATS technology helps to follow updates in candidates’ work status in order not to lose the moment when they are available for new job offers.
Although some recruiters still evaluate every CV in their applicant tracking system database by themselves, some ATS offer automatic rankings of applicants. In other words, these systems compare different resumes to the job description and filter out only the relevant ones. Some systems also rank every resume in relation to its relevance level. This option enhances the process of finding talented employees with proper education, skills, and experience.
Easy to Manage Bulk Applications
In addition to rankings, ATS allows recruiters to manage bulk applications. Indeed, many candidates who are not suitable for job positions often apply for them by sending wordy applications. Instead of reading all of them, recruiters can filter out resumes of those candidates who fit the job requirements. In a few seconds, ATS scan hundreds of applications and grade them in accordance with criteria set by a recruiter. For example, some systems can filter out candidates who have previous experience in the exact job. Other ATS can select candidates on the basis of a combination of experience, skills, and titles needed for the job.
Instead of a time-consuming process of manual candidate selection, ATS allows making the journey from first contact to hiring shorter than ever. Candidates won’t wait for a slow response from recruiters and will stay engaged when their interviews are appointed. In addition to the faster movement of applicants through the hiring process, ATS lowers costs and enhances communication with candidates.
As mentioned earlier, more and more companies already use ATS technology in their hiring process. For this reason, you should also consider using one of such systems in order to remain competitive in the market. A company that saves time and costs due to the use of ATS is much more efficient than the one with recruiters still doing routine tasks manually and wasting time reading hundreds of applications.
Evidently, the applicant tracking system is a technology that improves the hiring process, allows to save time and costs, and helps companies to stay competitive in the market.