It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog specifically targeted to recruiters but this one has been lingering on me for a bit. It’s about the importance of your applicant tracking system (ATS). Most recruiters I know HATE using an ATS and resist it as much as they can....here’s a news flash, if you are really a great recruiter you are using your ATS, using it well and driving your business from the data in your system.
Let me explain
1) Data rules - It’s 2013 people, data driven recruiting is the way of future. Your ATS is the way you can capture and report your activity...without needing to make manual reports. You need data to understand what works and what does not work with your strategy. If you aren’t tracking this, you’re shooting from the him....aka guessing. Don’t guess, track your work and analyze the data.
2) Setting expectations - Ever feel like recruiting is always being shot at by the business? No one in the organization “gets it”? Well, data will help you show them the way and set expectations properly. For example, does a manager need 15 onsites to make an offer? Well, news flash....that’s a problem and the only way to explain the situation is if you can present the data and recommend a solution.
3) Your lawyer will thank you - Um, how do I say this nicely? If you ever get audited or sued and you aren’t using your ATS.......you’re screwed. Imagine having to justify hiring or NOT hiring someone to a judge (and jury!) with a bunch of emails and random crap from your inbox or spreadsheets.....nightmare. Whereas, if you are using your ATS and can pull every applicant for a role with their disposition you’ll be in a much happier place.
So there you go recruiting friends.....I’m sure a bunch of you hate using an ATS....but trust me you should. And those of you saying “my system sucks”....well, make it better spend the time and even the money to make work for you and the show the business what you do.
More soon.....keep it real out this this week!