Why an Applicant Tracking System is More Important Than You Think

Why an Applicant Tracking System is More Important Than You Think

Are you skeptical of applicant tracking systems? Misconceptions persist due to outdated stereotypes.

Today’s post is for business owners and HR professionals who have resisted using an ATS. Perhaps you had a bad experience with a first generation system. Maybe you’ve heard stories of ATSs that made hiring harder, not easier.

In this post, we are going to explain the advantages of applicant tracking systems.

First, let’s look at some key statistics. Then we will discuss how they relate to our objective: explaining why an ATS is a necessity.

5 Recruiting Statistics You Need To Know

  1. 75% of hiring professionals use an applicant tracking system.
  2. Of those, 94% believe that it has improved their processes. (Only 5% report a negative impact on their company.) (Capterra).
  3. 98% of Fortune 500 companies use an ATS. For all companies, that number drops to about 40%. (Harris survey for Glassdoor)
  4. 47% of companies have HR software that is over seven years old. (Bersin by Deloitte)
  5. 80% of surveyed HR employees found that using HR technologies improved employee attitude toward the company. (G2) 

Let’s discuss why these numbers matter to your organization.

Your competition is using an ATS…

Clearly the majority of companies use some type of hiring software. Most use an ATS combined with other HR applications. These hiring teams are more efficient and more effective than those who use manual processes.

..but it might be from the dark ages

A Deloitte study found that almost half of companies use HR software that is over seven years old! Companies with legacy systems that haven’t been updated are missing out. 2020 applicant tracking capability is light years ahead of 2013 premise-based technology. Cloud-based providers (like ApplicantStack) perform regular software updates. We also continually add new features requested by our customers.

The latest tools include texting, custom questionnaires, resume parsing, video interviews, and single signon job board posting.

Use a state-of-the-industry ATS to gain the competitive advantage.

Integrations expand ATS capabilities

Today’s ATSs also integrate with hundreds of other types of software and services. This allows you to find the perfect combination for your hiring needs.

Let’s talk about ApplicantStack integrations.

When new clients look into our software, the first thing they ask about is job boards. We integrate with the top job boards like Indeed, Monster, Google for Jobs, and Careerbuilder.

Social media sites are just as important to today’s job seeker and we have you covered there as well. Post to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn from our platform.

Interviews are an important applicant touchpoint with your company. Many companies are having success with video interviews (we integrate with Spark Hire, a video interview service.)

For self-service interview scheduling, take your choice of Google Calendar or Office 365.

Trouble uploading a resume increases the risk of a candidate abandoning their application. Candidates can use Dropbox and Google Drive to upload to our system.

Assessments are becoming increasingly important in talent sourcing. Recruiters use assessments to measure a broader set of skills. These soft skills are difficult to convey in a resume.

Assessments allow companies to cast a wider net. They can look beyond the basic job requirements. If you are having trouble filling skilled positions, consider using assessments designed by experts in your industry. You can screen non-traditional candidates using the same technology used by mega-corporations.

Few hiring teams do in-house background checks. ApplicantStack partners with five background screening providers (for an additional fee). Background check services have access to multiple databases. It saves time and money to use your ATS integration for background screening.

8 Disadvantages of not using an ATS

Companies that don’t use an ATS will struggle to find quality candidates. Especially in highly competitive industries and job markets.

Not using an ATS has a negative impact on the following:

  1. Longer time to hire
  2. Lower quality of hire
  3. Higher cost per hire
  4. Poor applicant experience
  5. Negative employer brand
  6. Decreased onboarding effectiveness
  7. Longer new hire time to productivity
  8. Higher employer turnover

If you are using an old ATS that isn’t working for you, try ApplicantStack free for 15 days. Discover what current generation hiring technology can do for your organization.

By Liz Strikwerda

ApplicantStack Job Board Update

ApplicantStack Job Board Update

A couple of months ago, we sent a survey out asking you to tell us which job boards you’d most like to be able to post to from ApplicantStack.  The response was fantastic (thank you!) and we wanted to take a moment to give you the results and an update on the progress we’re making towards being able to offer you additional posting options.

Based on more than 300 responses that we received, there were a few boards that were clearly in high demand – MyCNAJobs.com, Handshake.com, and Veterans.gov.  We reached out to all three in early October. Here are the updates on our progress with each initiative:

MyCNAJobs.com:  MyCNAJobs.com has existing relationships with some of our clients that may prevent them from engaging in a direct relationship with our ATS, but didn’t have the bandwidth due to their current roadmap to make a final determination at this time. They have agreed to re-visit our request in the first quarter of 2020 to discuss options at that point.
Handshake.com:  Handshake may be expanding their API to enable integration later this year. We’ll be following up with them in Q1 2020.
Veterans.gov:  As a government-run site, they do not accept job feeds from any applicant tracking systems.
In addition to our efforts on these top three, we have been working to expand our capabilities to even more. We are looking at CareerBliss.com, HealthECareers.com and DiversityJobs.com.  Here’s the status for those three boards:
CareerBliss.com:  We are working on the details of a partnership for 2020.
HealthECareers:  We are working to make formal contact and will be looking to meet with them in Q1 of 2020.
DiversityJobs.com:  DiversityJobs is open to a partnership and we are working on the details for early 2020.

We’ll continue to move down the list in the order of popularity with our goal being to bring you new job board posting options in 2020.

Your feedback is so important to us, and we thank you again for your survey responses and the great suggestions we received.  Stay tuned for updates on the integrations with CareerBliss.com, HealthECareers, and DiversityJobs.com, as well as our overall progress with the remaining job board options!

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Top 20 Benefits of an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for Home Care Recruiting

Top 20 Benefits of an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for Home Care Recruiting

Home care recruiting is one of the hardest recruiting jobs and recruiters (and internal HR departments) are faced with many challenges.   Here are just a few:

  • High turn over rate! Some of the largest across industries
  • Difficult to find and keep top talent
  • Applicants might not be very technical

Luckily there are products that can assist you in making your job much easier.  Using an applicant tracking system (ATS) such as ApplicantStack can simplify the home care recruiting and employee onboarding process.

Top 20 Benefits of an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for Home Care Recruiting:

1. Automatically Post Your Jobs to Multiple Job Boards

Find your candidates wherever they’re searching. Post your job listing to job boards such as Indeed, Glassdoor, LinkedIn for Jobs, CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter, Monsters, Snagajob etc. as well as social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, & Twitter. All with the click of a button.

Use the manual posting links to post your jobs to specialty and niche job boards as well in order to stay compliant for government regulations

2. Track & Manage Applicants

Gone are the days of trying to manage multiple email folders and Excel spreadsheets. Using an ATS allows you to customize your workflow to match your current process.

3. Save Time with Pre-Screener Questions

Use pre-screener questions to quickly knock-out unqualified candidates and to prioritize the best ones using automatic scoring. Then systematically review interviewer feedback to focus on high-priority candidates so you can quickly make offers.

4. Automate the Process

Send notifications to candidates. Schedule interviews. Gather interview feedback. Rate candidates. An ATS can automate all of these functions and more, enabling recruiters to the highest value-added activities.

5. Schedule Interviews with Ease

Allow candidates to pick and choose interview times directly on your calendar eliminating the back and forth of “what time works for you”.

6. Rely on a Full-Featured System

Easy to use full-featured system for non-technical teams. ApplicantStack is web-based requiring no installation. Most of us are former HR executives so we know which tools we really need to save time.

7. Get Help When you Need it

Online support portal with help center including videos to get you up and running.  Easily post your job on the very first day of your trial! Start receiving candidates and see just how easy it can be.

8. Track all Activity

Track all candidate and user history – everything is stored in the history of the candidate record.

9. Store all Data and grow your Database

All candidate records are stored in ApplicantStack – keep candidate records to develop a talent pool. Since you have unlimited candidates you can keep them for as long as you want.

10. Set up Required Fields

Easily set fields to be required.  So for example, make the disposition field required so you know why a candidate wasn’t hired.

11. Track & Filter Data

Easily track and filter on the dispositions to reconsider candidates. You might want to reconsider a candidate that was a no-show for an interview.

12. Easily Search for Candidates

Advanced searching capabilities to find candidates by location by using the distance from zip code. Use Boolean search tools so you can find candidates with a CNA and a certain distance from the job location.

13. Stay Compliant with Government Regulations

Stay EEOC compliant – state & federal requirements. Keep management up-to-date on the candidate pipelines for each job and effectiveness of different job boards. Easily capture, track, and report voluntary EEO data, while remaining in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the EEO/OFCCP.

14. Internal Accountability

Who did what in the system? Who moved the candidate to a certain stage? With ApplicantStack you can easily find answers to those questions.

15. Integrates with Axiscare

Send hired employees directly from ApplicantStack into AxisCare. AxisCare provides Homecare Management software to automate the sales, marketing, scheduling and billing of homecare management.

16. Open API

An open API means unlimited access for integrations.

17. Paperless Onboarding

Have all paperwork signed electronically and maintain all copies of certifications.

18. Automate your Onboarding Process

Create checklists of tasks, forms, and questionnaires so nothing falls through the cracks. Once a candidate has accepted an offer, automatically move them through the onboarding process. Use the system to ensure the completion of paperwork, scheduling of required initial meetings, set-up of IT services, and more!

19. Employee Portal

Easily assign all new hire paperwork such as state and federal tax forms, health plans, employee manuals, training videos, etc. Have the new employee complete and sign all items online. Send new employees a link to their secure portal with assigned tasks and paperwork and set reminders for a gentle nudge.

20. Auto-populate fields

Auto-populate forms and questionnaires to simplify the process making it easier for new hires.

 

Over 40% of our customers are in the home care industry.  See what applicant tracking system your competition is using!

Sign up for a free no-obligation trial today and see why ApplicantStack has been named the top ATS for home care industries!

Why choose ApplicantStack for your Applicant Tracking System?

Why choose ApplicantStack for your Applicant Tracking System?

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There are many ATS’s on the market today.  Where do you begin to find the one that is right Applicant Tracking System your company needs?

Since 2009, over 2,500 companies have chosen ApplicantStack (Applicant Tracking System) to automate and streamline their recruiting process. We created ApplicantStack, a simple, easy-to-use, gets-the-job-done software that has everything you need and nothing you don’t.

It’s not another thing to manage, but the tool that helps you manage your day.

We speak HR, it’s in our blood. We spent our careers in human resources, bogged down with paperwork and craving more time and
resources.  Now we’re on a mission to give organizations the tool we always wish we had.  We wanted something that is:

  • Easy to use
  • Configurable / Flexible
  • Affordable

ApplicantStack’s Applicant Tracking System Features:

  • Plans starting at $95 a month with no binding contract or long-term commitments – see our pricing page
  • Web-based system requiring no installation or programming on your part
  • Easily configured to mirror your current or desired recruiting process
    • Simple enough to start using the day you subscribe with our guided startup wizard
  • Interfaces with all major job sites such as Indeed, LinkedIn Jobs, Stack Overflow, CareerBuilder, Monster, Dice, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, and JuJu
  • Easily post jobs to your social media feeds such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • We offer integrations for assessments, background screening, home care management, payroll services, video interviewing, and more
  • Seamlessly accept candidate applications via Indeed Apply or LinkedIn profile
  • Users and candidates can access ApplicantStack from any mobile device
  • Candidates can upload their resume and files using their Dropbox or Google Drive files
  • We also have great reviews that you can see here.
  • Many more features

See our Features page here for more information.

As a result, ApplicantStack offers many features to streamline your recruiting and hiring process.

 

 

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