Applicant Tracking System – What Is It?

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If you’re at all involved in the recruiting industry, you probably know what ATS is. If not, here’s a simple explanation.

An ATS, or applicant tracking system, is a software application that allows companies to electronically handle recruiting needs.

The purpose of an ATS is to help companies manage their recruiting efforts, including better management of resumes and applicant information. ATS information can be collected from internal applications on the company’s Web site or from job boards, according to an article by Wikipedia.

Recruitment Software a Disadvantage to IT Job Seekers?

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If you’re looking for an information technology job, recruitment software could be working against you.

It’s becoming increasingly harder to convince resume screening programs you have the required skills for an in-person interview, especially in the IT field. According to an article by Network World, while recruitment software makes it easier for those in the HR department, it also may overlook some qualifications that would be noticed on traditional resumes.

Many recruiting software companies offer capabilities that range from recruiting to hiring to employee career development and training. The software, usually an SaaS model, allows recruiters and hiring managers to search out ideal candidates and allows job seekers to search listings, submit resumes and learn about companies.

Candidate Tracking – Benefits to Job Seekers

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We know that candidate tracking is extremely beneficial and cost effective for companies, but how does it affect job seekers.

While applicant tracking systems have a large number of growing features, it’s easy to focus on those that benefit companies and employers the most. The software helps HR departments consolidate their tasks and keep track of potential hires, as well as save time and money.

However, according to an article by The ATS Guy, it’s also important to remember what features benefit the candidates themselves. Although some candidates feel ATS take away the personal aspect of the hiring process, there are some upsides, such as reassurance that a company has received your resume.

ATS Can Help You Go Green

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If you’re a green company looking to hire, or a company looking to go more green, having a good ATS can make all the difference when it comes to finding the right candidates.

There has been a big push on going green lately, with the thought that doing so will not only help to improve the environment, but also will help to create more high-paying and sustainable jobs. Most recently, world leaders met at the International Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to discuss how each nation can become more green.

In the meantime, President Barack Obama outlined a new strategy to stimulate job creation, and one of the central points to his plan is to generate green jobs by building environmentally friendly infrastructure and by providing citizens with the incentive to become more energy-efficient.

Recruiting Software at its Core

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Most companies that are just beginning to invest in recruiting software usually purchase a “core HR software program.”

Core programs provide basic HR services needed by a company, regardless of whether they’re a small business or large corporation. These programs are used to streamline processes typically completed by the HR department, increase accuracy in information and reduce the amount of work required to update employee personnel files.

Several manufacturers have created core HR software programs for businesses, so it’s often hard to choose. But keep in mind that most companies need software that will focus on payroll, employee benefits and attendance tracking. Most core software programs will allow you to add expansion programs later on.