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The current environment around the world has suddenly changed for businesses.

Businesses are required to implement specific risk mitigation practices as per Safe Work Australia’s Guidelines including allowing employees to work from home where possible, and ensuring physical distancing. Offices and workplaces that remain “open” are turning to online technology and innovation to support their business needs.

Businesses that do need to hire more people and bring in new talent must be able to collaborate with management, teams and key decision makers working both on-site and from home. An online applicant tracking system (ATS) can help you better manage the hiring process and provide efficiencies for handling the influx of applicants and resumes.

What is an online Applicant Tracking System?

An applicant tracking system (ATS) is online software that manages the recruiting and hiring process, including job postings and job applications. It organises and provides searchable information about applicants. As its name implies, an ATS tracks candidates through the recruitment process. It helps scheduling, issues notification alerts, and sends automated emails to candidates.

Some typical features of an ATS include:

  • Simple job posting to multiple sites
  • Centralised storage of applicant data
  • Automated email responses
  • Built-in communication channels
  • Messaging capabilities
  • Application screening for potential matches
  • Interview scheduling
  • Recruiting analytics and reporting
  • Employer branding
  • Social sharing
  • Career pages
  • Interview kits and scorecards

Top 5 Benefits of an ATS

Small, medium-sized, and large businesses are utilising the advantages of ATS to enhance their HR departments and recruitment processes. Automated tracking systems offer many benefits that save time and money—and make recruitment easier.

1. Speed Up the Recruiting Process

Online applicant tracking systems improve the time to hire (the total time spent to fill an open job position). With an ATS, tasks that previously required many hours of work can now be executed very quickly and easily – or sometimes even be done automatically. Some of these tasks include: resume screening, rejecting non-qualified applicants, interview scheduling, and email automation.

A faster hiring process helps you employ top candidates before they accept offers from your competition.

2. Improve the Quality of Hire

Quality ATS programs allow you to capture customised information and responses from candidates as well as setting pre-identified standards and qualifications to separate unqualified candidates and prioritise the best suited ones. This not only improves the quality of hire, but it also helps you to quickly identify the top candidates and not waste time on ones that aren’t a good fit. In turn, you’re able to move quickly to secure employment contracts with high-quality applicants.

3. Provide a Better Candidate Experience

Applicant tracking systems not only save time for the HR department, but they can also save time for applicants as well. An online candidate platform allows them to quickly and easily apply for a job, which makes for a better experience. In addition, the quicker and easier it is, the more candidates will likely complete the process, expanding the talent pool for you to choose from.

Having the ability to send automated emails that provide regular and timely communication to your candidates will also improve candidate engagement and experience.

It’s important to note that some job seekers don’t like using an ATS, but that may be a case of not fully understanding how it benefits them too. See why applicant tracking systems need not be an applicant’s enemy.

4. Offer Enhanced Reporting

Applicant tracking systems generally have analytics and reporting features that can provide additional insights for making data-driven decisions. An ATS can help determine the efficiency of the recruiting process (time to hire), identify which source of hire is providing the best candidates, track compliance information, and analyse individual components of the recruitment process.

5. Ease Workload for Management and/or HR

ATS features streamline and automate many parts of the recruitment process, which helps relieve much of the manual work associated with identifying quality candidates. Online applicant tracking systems also allow multiple decision makers to access shortlisted candidates, make commentary, and to rank or score against the requirements of the role. Collaboration features of an online ATS allow for efficient decision making with confidence.

Why Not Make Recruitment Easier?

No matter the size of your business, employing new staff is an important process that requires an investment of both time and money. The right ATS can help your business make the most of both.

See how to choose an ATS.

Why Not Outsource YOUR recruitment and save the Headache, Time and Money?

Manufacturing Recruitment utilises an integrated online candidate platform (ATS) that also incorporates Automated Video Interviews – Saving you from sitting through hours of ATS provider demonstrations, analysing each ATS functionality, painful implementation and setup, and hefty monthly subscription fees.

Manufacturing Recruitment is a genuine outsource recruitment option with a cost-effective hourly charge model. You can outsource as much or as little as you want. No job is too big or too small – $50 to $5,000.

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