As companies grow, they reach a natural bottleneck, where their existing hiring process—juggling a dozen spreadsheets and hundreds of job applicants—becomes unwieldy.
But there's a simple solution: To streamline recruitment and improve the candidate experience, it's time to consolidate your hiring processes into an applicant tracking system.
What is an Applicant Tracking System?
An applicant tracking system, sometimes called applicant tracking software or simply an ATS, is recruiting software that manages a company's recruiting and hiring process. A good ATS will help you post open jobs to job boards, filter resumes, and let your staff collaborate as each candidate moves through your hiring pipeline, from the first phone screening to the offer letter.
You'll know you need an ATS if you agree with any of the following statements:
1. You'd like a more streamlined hiring system.
If you're using your calendar to schedule interviews, and your email to accept applications, and documents to manage feedback, and spreadsheets to track data, and a dozen other tools for a dozen other functions, it may be time to streamline your recruitment process.
Do you find yourself trying to track down a single resume or conversation with a candidate buried somewhere within hundreds of email threads? Are you often copying and pasting candidate information and notes across various spreadsheets and documents, and three different shared folders? When you post your jobs, are you struggling to get them seen by the best applicants and manually reposting them to multiple job boards?
If these are a few examples of some of the pains your team feels on a regular basis when trying grow your team, you’d benefit from having a single, straightforward system that manages all of the tasks associated with filling open positions.