The benefits of using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

A global trend of endless vacancies and a shortage of top candidates in virtually all industries have turned recruitment into a candidate-driven market. The so-called ‘Great Resignation’ has been seriously disruptive to organizations, and things are likely to continue as they are for a while yet.

Even before this trend emerged, recruitment was an invariably expensive, time-consuming, and somewhat stressful process. But it doesn’t need to be this way. With an Applicant Tracking System, HR teams can take the weight off their shoulders and make recruitment smooth, efficient, and easier going.

What is an ATS?

An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a technology solution that enables the electronic handling of recruitment processes and workflows and simplifies the hiring process for HR teams.

Using an ATS, it becomes possible to quickly filter and sort through applications and resumés to highlight the most qualified candidates—whether there are a hundred applicants or ten thousand vying for the same position.

Why use an ATS?

Despite what you might be thinking, ATS technology isn’t just for big corporates. They can be just as, if not more, useful for small businesses and start-ups with fewer resources to dedicate to recruitment. Some of the main benefits of an ATS include:

Streamlined recruiting — Recruitment can become a huge pain point for growing businesses that might be recruiting for multiple positions at the same time. An ATS enables teams to manage the entire recruitment workflow from beginning to end via a centralized platform. No more juggling dispersed tools and endless spreadsheets.

Task automation — Modern ATSs make it possible for teams to automate routine, mundane tasks, such as filtering out resumés that don’t meet the baseline for a position and scheduling online assessments for those that do. This gives your recruitment experts more time to focus on the more important tasks that require their skills.

Candidate management — Using an ATS means that recruitment teams can customize their workflows to match their candidate management processes and access all information and documents from one place. Onboarding documents, policy documents, contracts, and agreements are also centralized.

Heightened visibility — The right ATS can enable recruitment teams to post their job specs to major job boards such as Indeed, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor within a matter of minutes. This ensures that you’re always putting out consistent, branded job ads that are more likely to attract candidates.

How an ATS fits in your end-to-end HR processes

The end-to-end HR process includes five stages: Candidate Experience, Employee Development, Personnel Management, Workforce Management, and Analytics. All successful HR processes require the presence of some elements from all five in order to be successful.

Candidate Experience, for example, includes things like:

  • Attracting candidates through clear, branded job posts.
  • Tracking candidates and engaging with them as applications come in.
  • Communicating clearly as the process moves forward.
  • Retaining unsuccessful candidates for future opportunities.
  • Enrolling successful candidates via well-planned onboarding.

An ATS tool fits into Candidate Experience because it enables recruitment teams to achieve all of the above objectives and more. With Dynamic ATS, you can save time by automating the initial selection process, store candidate personal details, track unsuccessful candidates, and recommend different positions to them in the future, among other things.

FourVision hiring solutions

FourVision is an official partner of both iCIMS Talent Cloud and Dynamic ATS for Microsoft Dynamics 365 HR, two best-in-class application tracking systems that can help recruitment teams to streamline and automate employee onboarding processes, maximize engagement with candidates and new hires, and maintain compliance administration.

If you’re interested in learning more about how an ATS can help to redefine your recruitment processes, get in touch with a member of the FourVision team today!

Benefits of using an ATS (Applicant Tracking System)

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