Lucrative jobs can attract hundreds if not thousands of applicants. It can get overwhelmingly time-consuming and frustrating to look through all the applications searching for the best candidate when you’re working with your client’s openings.
With so many applicants, how can you be so sure you are getting the best? Going through all their resumes and other documents is one thing; shortlisting and inviting candidates for an interview is another.
The whole process requires you to have a robust selection team. And, even with such a team, complications are bound to occur. The good news is that an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can help you simplify and improve the selection process. Here’s how.
1. Accomplish more through automation
By using an Applicant Tracking System, you’ll be able to automate most parts of the recruiting process. An ATS acts as an information repository having all that you need to know about your candidates.
It can organise the data in a way that makes it easier to identify the best candidates.
Any job advert you put online or any distribution channel will attract countless applicants, but an ATS will help you manage your hiring process and workflows better. The system can quickly categorise applicants by filtering information. Whenever an applicant submits their resume, the ATS will automatically put them in a category of applicants with similar qualifications and experience.
This system of resume parsing has always been helpful to talent acquisition specialists.
2. Improves efficiency of your recruitment agency
Whenever an opening occurs in your client’s organisation, you need to fill it as soon as possible for their operations to continue smoothly. Any delays might hurt profitability. An ATS will enable your recruitment agency to fill positions faster. It reduces the time between posting a job advert and hiring the right candidate without compromising the quality of the chosen candidate.
In most cases, data entry and logistics slow down the recruitment and onboarding process. An ATS eliminates this.
When your agency can recruit fast enough, the time saved can be used for other employee issues or more strategic tasks. Your productivity will improve because employee issues will be dealt with as soon as they arise.
At the end of the day, you’ll be having satisfied employees, thereby reducing turnover rates.
3. Hire from your existing candidate pool
Applicants typically take their time to create their resumes so they can attract an employer’s attention. It’s a fact that you wouldn’t be able to employ all of them. If you are using a manual system, most of these applications will disappear, and you won’t be able to see them again.
Whereas an ATS keeps all the applicants’ details safely for as long as you wish. Should a vacancy arise in an organisation, you can easily sample candidates from your existing pool.
You are more likely to find a candidate who’s not been absorbed elsewhere or one who is willing to switch to your organisation.
By dealing with applicants already in your system, you’ll save both time and the cost of recruitment.
This is why it is advisable to stay in touch and build suitable relationships even with the applicants you never employed. You never know when you might need them.
4. Reaching more candidates
The more qualified and experienced candidates you can reach, the better. Applicant Tracking Systems allow you to find ideal skills for an opening in any organisation.
In addition, many ATS’ integrate harmoniously with job search sites. For instance, here at Recruit CRM, we allow Zapier integrations! Moreover, we recently collaborated with UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, to ensure our shared customers can seamlessly use the job board to post vacancies and maintain their candidate database on our recruiting software.
5. Improving the recruitment experience
If you hire employees using an unprofessional recruitment process, your employees won’t be motivated enough to stay invested in the organisation for long. On top of that, if they come to know that the recruitment process was biased or had some pitfalls, they’ll have a low opinion of your agency.
They may even start thinking of switching to better nurturing recruitment agencies.
The recruitment process gives your candidates the first impression of your business, so you would want to make this impression as good as possible.
Read more: Top 20 benefits of an Applicant Tracking System.
Applicant Tracking Systems have been proven to be the key to a straightforward hiring process.
With this system, you won’t get caught up going over thousands of resumes, scheduling, and conducting interviews.
Your recruitment agency will have enough time to improve your profitability rather than waste time and resources in a cumbersome hiring process.
About The Author:
Joyce Remy is a writer and blogger with a passion for entrepreneurship. Her writing aims to inspire and educate small businesses owners. She often contributes to the Content Clerks blog.