The Low-Down On Applicant Tracking Systems

Posted by Emily Lennox on Feb 22, 2017 8:49:14 AM

In recruitment, HR

What are they?

Applicant Tracking Systems are similar to CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Systems, and are online software that exist for recruitment needs.  Through an ATS, jobs can be posted onto multiple Job Boards, and applications which come in can be filtered into different categories, for example Job Board, date of application, or ranking. 

Almost all recruitment agencies/companies with an in-house recruitment service will use some form of ATS in order to handle job postings, applications, and CVs.

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There are many benefits to Applicant Tracking Systems, from reducing recruitment administration time, reducing the time spent in finding candidates, and when posting to multiple Job Boards, Applicant Tracking Systems help to derive the best results in terms of which board bring you the best results.

A key benefit is that in terms of recruitment, everything is kept together in one place.  This means that the job advert, postings, applications, and resourcing function is held together in one system, making your recruitment process more organised and efficient.

Some will automatically streamline candidates into digital “yes” and “no” piles, meaning that based on a set of key words CVs will be sorted without Recruiters having to go through hundreds and thousands of applications for their vacancies.

The Drawbacks:

When considering Applicant Tracking Systems which automatically separate “good” candidates from “bad” ones, there are a few problems which can arise. 

One of these problems is that they can be inaccurate or unreliable, sometimes rejecting CVs for reasons like the CV being hard to scan into the system or not containing the exact key words – meaning that amazing candidates could be lost.  Similarly, if a candidate has a varied CV, due to switching career, they may not be considered despite being potentially perfect for the role.

To eliminate these problems, some companies – such as ours – will have a system which does not streamline candidates, instead choosing to go through each and every application which comes into the system.  This, while time consuming, means that every application is considered, and perfect candidates are not lost through some fault of the system.

…and the Academy Award for the best ATS goes to:

In our (experienced) opinion, we deem LogicMelon the best Applicant Tracking System.  LogicMelon describe their service as making recruitment and candidate management “an easy, engaging adventure”.  LogicMelon allows recruiters to integrate all of the major Job Boards (such as Totaljobs, Monster, and CV Library) and Social Media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) into their recruitment process, and the advert can be posted everywhere at once, making job posting quick, easy and simple.

Why Are Online Demos So Great?

When trying to find your perfect system, an online demo of the system can be a great way of getting a feel for the system you will be using, without paying a penny.  During your online demo you will be guided through the system by an experienced expert who can answer any question you have about the system and the recruitment process.

 

If this sounds like something you may be interested in, we are now offering free online demos of our ATS (LogicMelon) from one of our team, where you can really get a feel for Applicant Tracking Systems and Flat Fee Recruitment.

Book an Online Demo Today!