One of the most challenging parts of recruitment can be keeping track of all the applications and roles that you’re supposed to be dealing with. It’s all too easy to get snowed under – that is, if you’re not a machine or failing that, if you’ve not got the technology in place to help you keep everything in order. In today’s fast-paced recruitment world, an ATS – Applicant Tracking System – is really a necessity, so let’s take a look at why you should have one and what you should aim to get out of it.
All in one place
When you recruit through a software system, you don’t need to think about where all your CVs are coming from – email, post, job boards, agencies and so on. Just open up your dashboard and you’ll find all the applications there and ready for easy review.
Any good ATS will have robust communication tools including email templates and the ability to flag candidates for your colleagues. More ways to keep applicants and other recruiters in the loop improve the recruitment process for everyone.
Applicants can often feel as though they have no information or influence over their application once it’s been sent off. When recruitment is done by email, post or other less transparent methods, a candidate might expect to hear very little throughout the process, but with an ATS they’re able to log in any time and view their applications or update their CV. Not only does this mean you will always have the candidate’s latest details, but it gives a really good impression even before they start working with you.
Sometimes the right candidate is out there, but just hasn’t applied for the role you’re advertising. Luckily a good ATS will offer the ability to build talent pools, so that you can browse your custom-built list of qualified candidates and fire off a quick note that they should come and take a look at this job you’re recruiting for.
Recruitment technology is a great way of streamlining every part of the hiring process by helping you take a more organised approach. Plus online recruitment companies such as Blue Octopus will take care of as much of the hard work as you wish, meaning you don’t have to get more involved than just signing off on the final choice. With our help, your hiring can take weeks or even days, rather than being drawn out over several months. If you’d like us to demonstrate the power of our recruitment technology ‘Octo’ for yourself, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!