Top five features your ATS must have.
Applicant Tracking System or better known as ATS represents the recruitment software that helps HR in the recruiting and hiring process. Ultimately it ‘helps an employer manage each step of the hiring process, from writing the job ad to making a job offer’ said TechTarget in a 2018 article.
ATSs save an enormous amount of time, resources, money and further increases productivity, improves efficiency and offers better communication.
You may already have an Applicant Tracking System in place that suits your company, but are you missing out on the key features?
Here are the top five features you should consider when purchasing an Applicant Tracking System.
Feature 1 – Automation and customisation of the recruitment process.
Having an Applicant Tracking System that can automate emails and move candidates to the next step of the recruitment process is essential and extremely helpful, especially when recruiters are busy. Emails could even be branded and personalised to add that special touch, which can show professionalism in a structured format.
If you need to move a candidate to the next stage, you can automatically send them an email requesting to come in for an interview, or if the candidate has been unsuccessful, you can thank them and wish them luck for the future. No need to go back and forth writing emails all day where you’re continuously copying and pasting; nobody has the time for that.
By having a system that can customise the recruitment process, you can integrate a platform that tailors to your workflow perfectly, as well as having preferences and processes customizable and configurable.
Feature 2 – Mobile-friendly modern platform.
It’s a given – mobile technology leads the way in today’s day and age. The first thing we grab in the morning is our phones, and with 9 out of 10 job seekers using their phone to apply for jobs, you can see the appeal here to implement a mobile-friendly Applicant Tracking System within your recruitment platform.
By not having a user-friendly mobile-enabled platform, you are intentionally missing out on 90% of potential candidates and talent. Your competitors could be benefiting from this unless you use recruitment software that has this incorporated ATS feature.
Feature 3 – Onboarding and the candidate/employee experience.
Having the best features include having the best onboarding process. Onboarding is key to the employee and candidate experience, as it determines whether an employee will remain in the said company. The onboarding process is the physical, mental and emotional integration of the employee into the culture and foundation of the organisation.
With the ATS feature of onboarding, recruiters can send forms, contracts, e-forms and more to the candidate without the hassle of printing, faxing and scanning paperwork. By having an automated onboarding starter pack, recruiters can send them in an instant and even incorporate digital signing of contracts. You can change current employees contracts and don’t worry about the constant worry of whether you have collected all the paperwork; paperless onboarding is there to help.
Feature 4 – Cloud-based and TCO.
The total cost of ownership (TCO) refers to any hidden fees when it comes to implementing, maintaining and setting up your chosen recruitment software. By having cloud-based software such as MyRecruitment+, the risks of hidden costs are lower, than let’s say if you select a server based TCO which can hold further costs such as training, IT maintenance and customer support.
Feature 5 – Multi-posting to job boards and social media.
With your chosen Applicant Tracking System, it will become beneficial to have access to multi-posting and sharing of job ads through hundreds of free and paid job boards, as well as social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
By having this advantage, recruiters can reach the best talent first, and have access to recruiting more efficiently. It’s also a bonus feature if you can design and create your career site. By having a beautifully presented career site, it can further attract candidates wanting to apply and work for your company.
Now comes the fun part; looking and finding the perfect Applicant Tracking System that will fit you, and that will make your recruitment and onboarding manageable and effective. Happy hunting.
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