First Step for Selecting a New ATS: Understand Why You Dislike Your Current One!

Posted by Sean Pomeroy on Wed, Jan, 11, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

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You’ve decided to replace your applicant tracking system (ATS). 

Now what? 

Here’s the first thing to do. Before rushing out into the marketplace, take the time to understand your dissatisfaction with your current ATS, and what you want a new ATS to achieve. Understanding exactly why you’re dissatisfied will actually help frame and guide your ATS purchasing decision. 

How do you understand your dissatisfaction with your current ATS? Here are two ways:

  • Think about the root issues, frustrations and innovations that are driving you

to consider switching to a new ATS.

  • Take your current processes and chart out the missing pieces, problems and

bottlenecks, and focus on how you would like a new ATS to address those areas, while not taking away from the existing functionality you would like to retain. 

Next, consider the impact the right new ATS would make in the problem areas you identified, and the potential return on investment. Examples of the ROI may include:

  • Improved average time and cost to fill positions
  • Faster, more accurate hiring—avoid losing top-tier candidates to

competition, and lower turnover due to more accurate hires.

  • Bottlenecks that were once a time drain are no more, allowing more time for

higher valued tasks

  • Improved candidate experience

 Going through this process will go a long way to help you determine the best ATS to achieve your goals. So don’t skip it. 

Considering switching your ATS? Make sure to first read “5 Questions to Ask When Switching Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).” Download the article to learn how you can select the right ATS for your needs, and implement it successfully.  

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7 Advantages of Using a Cloud-Based Applicant Tracking System

Posted by Kimber Crumlish on Wed, Dec, 07, 2016 @ 08:12 AM

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As noted in a TechCrunch article, there’s “little doubt … that nearly every business and every industry is running on software delivered as online services.” 

In HR technology, the spread of cloud-based software continues in full force. According to Gartner, spending on cloud-based HR software will be 50% or more of total HR technology spending by 2017. 

The reason for the proliferation, of course, is cloud-based software has some significant advantages. For example, as detailed in our new article, “5 Questions to Ask When Switching Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS),” a quality cloud-based ATS has the following seven advantages over a traditional on-premise system: 

  1. Access anywhere and anytime. On-premise systems require HR, recruiters and hiring managers to be on-site, but cloud-based systems allow them to retrieve data wherever they’re working, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

  2. Easier implementation. Because there’s no on-premise system to install/implement.

  3. Reduced IT, capital expenses. There’s no on-premise system to implement or maintain.

  4. Get upgrades quickly. Upgrading an on-premise system can take time and be a significant technical concern, so much so that many companies forego updates. With cloud-based systems, the upgrades are handled by the provider, meaning you get quick, easy access to useful new features.

  5. Integration with other software. Cloud-based systems are becoming easier and easier to integrate with other software, facilitating integration with online job portals, career sites and other SaaS applications. This allows you to access more talent, and to connect your recruiting and HR processes without using an all-in-one system.

  6. Improved user experience. Not only are quality cloud-based systems customizable for employers’ specific needs, but also having the current version eases training and customer service.

  7. Shorter-term commitment. With on-premise systems, the work associated with setting up on-site hardware and software is a major enough task that you want any ATS you use to last for years. 

If you’re considering switching your ATS, consider downloading “5 Questions to Ask When Switching Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).” It will help you select the right ATS for your needs, and implement it successfully. 

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Stop Your ATS from Hurting Recruiting

Posted by Sean Pomeroy on Tue, Jan, 12, 2016 @ 07:01 AM

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Google’s mobile-friendly and quality updates implemented earlier this year have caused some concern for recruiters. With the updates, search ranking is influenced by whether or not the page is mobile-friendly and the measure of quality within its content.

As some companies with applicant tracking systems have experienced increases in organic traffic, others have had low dips. The effects of the changes vary across the board, but one thing is certain; recruiters are rethinking the design of their applicant tracking system. So, let’s first take a look at some current problems with ATS and then, examine what it takes to have an ATS that helps, rather than hurts, recruiting.

The Disconnect Problem

Recruiters need applicant tracking systems to do their job faster and more efficiently. Unfortunately for job seekers, it can do quite the opposite and, in turn, drive prospects away. When a candidate is redirected from a job board to an ATS, it can cause a lot of warranted frustration.

After creating profiles with contact information and career data on various job boards, candidates are left to sift through hundreds of job descriptions for hours until they finally find something that sounds like a fit. Once they click to apply, they get redirected to a new page and are asked to create yet another account with exactly the same information as before. This is one of the biggest frustrations for job seekers and the reason almost 90% of them, according to Appcast, abandon the application process.

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Whether applicants are redirected from company career pages or job boards, the disconnect with the ATS can potentially damage employer branding and tarnish the reputation and competency of career sites.

The Solution: employers should collaborate with ATS providers that offer solutions to make the recruitment process faster, easier to update and capable of integrating seamlessly with recruitment sites. Having a cloud-based ATS with autofill capabilities, such as applying with a LinkedIn account, and resume parsing can streamline the recruitment process and save candidate’s the headache of manually entering their information multiple times. Check out our recruitment software to create a favorable candidate experience.

The Mobile Problem

The mobile problem needs no introduction. We are living in a fast-paced, mobile-dependent world which places considerable pressure on companies to have fully mobile-responsive career pages and application processes.

In fact, a recent Careerbuilder survey shows that almost one-third of their traffic is made up of mobile users and up to 40% of those users abandon non-mobile friendly apply processes. That’s too many potential candidates to ignore. If companies want to improve their pipeline, they’ve got to have seamless, mobile-responsive ATS.

The Solution: enhance and ensure the candidate experience by seeking out an ATS that can respond to any device throughout the entire recruitment process, especially the application portion. Visibility’s recruiting software allows companies to host customized, mobile-responsive careers pages that are easy to use and maintain.

The Content Problem

The Google quality update is not the only reason employers should be rethinking the content that is weaved throughout their ATS. Job seekers desire well-written, focused content during their job search. In fact, 60% of job seekers give up on applications because they are too long or complex. Lengthy applications not only scare candidates away, but run the risk of timing out due to technicalities, wasting the candidate’s time and placing negative attention on the employer brand.

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Other content problems within ATS have the potential to affect other stages of the recruitment process. Poorly constructed content has the potential to damage the employer brand by seeming too complex, boring, outdated, or impersonal. What’s more is that inadequate ATS doesn’t represent the employer brand accurately if the look, feel, and general tone of the brand isn’t present throughout the application process.

The Solution: employers should seek out ATS providers that offer customizable solutions to the design of the application process, taking into account the need for distinguishable content. Content should be direct and focused with favorable word choice and should align with social media strategy objectives. The tone and message of the employer brand should be consistent throughout the entire process. Visibility’s recruiting software allows recruiters to customize the application process and provides the capabilities to keep employer branding consistent throughout. From the logo to the tone, the experience will be seamless for the candidate.

Applicant Tracking Systems exist to help streamline the recruitment process, but with new workforce trends and changes in search ranking qualifiers, the effectiveness of those systems are being put to the test. Without taking into consideration the user experience, ATS has the potential to hurt, instead of help, recruiters. Employers should seek out superior ATS providers that can help meet the needs of the workforce and, as a result, strengthen the talent pipeline.

Looking for a new ATS to provide your target audience with a stellar user experience? Check out our Recruiting Software now!

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