Wondering if an applicant tracking system (ATS) is really worth it? The truth is, if you’re a business that has more than three or four employees, it’s probably justifiable. Considering that a single job posting can result in hundreds of resumes – which requires a huge investment on the part of the hiring manager – an ATS might be just the thing. Here are five can’t-miss reasons to consider one today.
- It Thins the Candidate Pool
The time-saving element is hands-down the best reason to use an ATS. By some estimates, each job posting generates around 250 applications, and a quality system can thin the candidate pool by as much as 75 percent. That’s roughly 188 applications you never have to eyeball. While there is a small chance you might miss a good candidate, you will have to sift through far fewer applications, guaranteed. This is such a timesaver that the occasional missed opportunity is more than worth it.
- It Reduces Lawsuits
The main capability of applicant tracking systems is to unemotionally sort through piles of applications using only keywords and select other targets. This means candidates are judged without regard to their name, race, ethnicity, creed, sexual orientation or any other measure that human judgment would immediately factor in, however unintentionally. Proving that a candidate was pre-screened through an ATS can therefore save a lot of legal trouble.
- It’s Accessible from Anywhere
You can either log into your work server from home, the airport or somewhere else on the go, or – if your applicant tracking software is in the cloud – you can access it by logging into the program directly.
- It Provides a Consistent Pipeline
If you use an applicant tracking system to routinely screen candidates for various job positions, you no longer have to repost jobs every time you need a candidate. Now you can go back to the pool of qualified applicants you produced last time and simply take your pick. While some may no longer be available, there’s a good chance others are, or will consider your offer even if they’re employed.
- It Works for Recruiters and Businesses
These systems aren’t restricted to employers; recruiters who search for possible candidates every day can also use them to good effect, finding the best possible candidates to bring to their clients.
Now that you know a few of the best reasons to get an applicant tracking system, it might be time to bring it to the budget meeting. Saving the time and money required to sort manually through a slough of applications makes an ATS worthwhile on its own; combined with these other benefits, it’s truly an unmissable investment.