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What is the purpose of an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

22nd June 2021 | 0 Comments

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An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a recruitment platform that helps employers automate certain aspects of the hiring process. The platform allows HR to attract, screen, rank, progress, and hire candidates – all from one user-friendly dashboard.

The purpose of an ATS is to increase efficiency in a company’s hiring process, making it easier for hiring managers to assess and engage their candidates. This not only makes life easier for HR, but also improves the candidate experience – boosting your employer brand reputation, and new-employee retention.

Features of an Applicant Tracking System 

Applicant Tracking Systems come with a variety of tools to help employers recruit more easily. These include:

  • Secure storage of applicant data
  • Ranking, rating, and tagging of candidates
  • SMS/Email comms automation
  • Recruitment advertising management
  • Virtual screening & interview tools
  • CV automated keyword skill search 
  • Onboarding and training tools

By using these tools in combination, employers can speed up their hiring process, while reducing their reliance on recruitment agencies. This helps to cut costs, save time, and improve the candidate experience.

Signs your company needs an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

How do you know if your company needs an Applicant Tracking System? Here are a few signs to look for:

You rely on outsourced agencies for recruitment

If you rely on outsourced recruitment consultants to recruit new talent, this may be a sign that you would benefit from an ATS.

Using an ATS helps you to bring hiring in-house without overwhelming your HR team. This can be effective in reducing recruitment spend, and increasing candidates’ engagement with your employer brand.

Bringing recruitment in-house gives you more control over the kind of candidates you attract and hire. This increases the compatibility of new employees, and promotes more positive hiring decisions. 

You want to attract more compatible candidates

Using an ATS gives you the ability to match candidates’ unique values with your own company culture. The system allows you to screen applications quickly and thoroughly to find the most suitable applicants for your company.

Some systems, such as Talos, also come equipped with recruitment advertising/job-posting tools – allowing you to easily promote your vacancies across multiple platforms. This means you can attract more of the best talent to your business while maintaining a cost-effective advertising strategy.

You want to make hiring quicker and easier

Applicant Tracking Systems make in-house recruitment quicker and easier for your HR team. By automating various hiring processes, an ATS gives your hiring team more time to focus on providing a talent-winning candidate journey.

Using recruitment software reduces HR admin, enabling virtual document signing (e.g. employment contracts), secure digital storage of CVs & applicant data, and candidate screening/progression within the system.

Discover easier hiring: Talos ATS & Talent Acquisition Suite

Talos is an all-in-one recruitment suite, incorporating an applicant tracking system (ATS), recruitment advertising tools, and virtual screening/interviewing

With Talos, it has never been easier to centralise your hiring process – saving time and cutting costs, without overwhelming your HR team.

Attract, screen, engage, interview, hire, and onboard your candidates – all from one user-friendly dashboard:

Beck Shillito

Beck is here to bring you the latest in HR tech news, hiring tips, and exciting updates from Talos.

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