Blog: What Businesses Need to Know About Using An Applicant Tracking System

What Businesses Need to Know About Using An Applicant Tracking System

If your business is growing, you already know the importance of hiring. While hiring is essential for growth, that doesn't mean you want to hire anyone or everyone. In order for your business to grow and truly flourish, you need to hire employees who are skilled at what they do and are a good fit with the culture of your business.

As many business owners have already discovered, hiring the right candidates can be a challenge. Since hiring generally isn't a process that employers find easy, it's important to utilize any tools or resources that are available. One tool that plenty of businesses turn to is an applicant tracking system.

The purpose of an applicant tracking system (ATS) is to help streamline and optimize the recruiting & hiring process. So whether you're looking into your first ATS or want to upgrade the applicant tracking system that you're currently using, here's what you need to know to get the most out of this kind of software:

Essential Features of An Applicant Tracking System

Prior to choosing an ATS, you will want to have an opportunity to demo or test the software. When you're giving an applicant tracking system a try, be sure to look for potential bottlenecks. Take note whenever something in the system seems like it may cause an issue for anyone involved in the process. Ideally, the ATS you end up choosing will have little to no bottlenecks in it.

One essential feature for an ATS is the ability to customize it. Given that your business is likely to have some unique recruiting and hiring needs, you don't want to be locked into a strict system. What you do want is the ability to make the system fit your needs. Finally, it's very helpful if a system provides compliance tracking and the ability to easily integrate with other pieces of software. By opting for an ATS with those capabilities, you will be able to save everyone in your organization a lot of time.

The Need for a Specialized Recruiting Firm

While the right ATS can definitely benefit your business, it's important to understand that this type of the software is just one piece of the puzzle. If you're in need of specialized talent like engineering/technical recruiting, the software alone isn't going to be enough to get the candidates you desire. Instead, what you also really need is the guidance of experienced recruiting staff.

At M4 Workforce Solutions, our specialty is assisting businesses with their specialized staff resource requirements. As a leader in the staffing industry, we offer a variety of employer solutions. We're committed to connecting businesses with the ideal talent for their specific needs. If you want to learn more about how we can help your business grow, all you need to do is contact us.

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