Applicant Tracking Software15. Sep 2010
Applicant tracking software is, essentially, a platform that enables organisations to effectively and efficiently manage their recruitment processes and requirements, with savings in relation to both cost and administration.
In selecting a recruitment solutions or ATS provider, the choice will be based on the features available to meet your requirements, and the relative cost for these features relative to other providers. However, the requirements of organisations, and potentially the recruitment environment or the availability of suitable candidates can change on a regular basis. As such, continuous collaboration with your recruitment solutions provider and analysis of how the system is addressing your requirements is of vital importance in garnering the maximum potential benefit of the product, and earning a return on your investment. After all, isn't value for money of more importance now than ever before?
The key principle behind this view is that organisations have to constantly analyse and improve processes across all business functions, and recruitment should be no different. Continuous improvement is the goal for all organisations and a company's recruitment software solution is as valid a target for improvement as anything else.
Certain 'must haves' in a recruitment system may change over time, as might the services offered by the applicant tracking software (ATS) provider so, in undertaking improvement initiatives, just concentrate on the ideal process, system, results etc and ignore what you have/do for now. Then see how it compares to what you have today. Your account manager and ATS provider will be more than happy to liaise with you to ensure that you are receiving the maximum possible return on investment and be happy to discuss any additional services or facilities that may become available and be of benefit in terms of contributing to defined business goals.
Far too often, recruitment and applicant tracking solutions are seen by in house recruiters as a standard product that is fixed for the duration of the licence agreement between the provider and the client, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Become involved in an active dialogue with your ATS provider about your evolving needs and you will be pleasantly surprised with the beneficial collaborative relationship that can develop. The big step has already been taken in investing in the system, it would be wrong not to get the maximum possible return on investment.