Since the hybrid model extended borders within the working world and widened the scope of applicant eligibility, the job market has become increasingly competitive. For recruiters, scouting out the top talent is more arduous and time-consuming than ever before.

However, with an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), businesses can leverage the advantage of a well-organised and simplified recruitment process that saves time and money; no longer will you have the hassle of messy spreadsheets and convoluted email chains, but instead, you can reap the benefits of increased visibility, collaboration and efficiency. As popularity and usage increases, an ATS has become an integral part of the hiring process – a staggering 98.8% of Fortune 500 companies use an ATS. To maximise your recruitment process, it is important you understand key factors to consider when choosing the right ATS for your business.


Factors to consider

With the right ATS in place, your business can be propelled to new heights. Partnering with a trusted Managed Service Provider such as Blue Saffron will ensure you find the perfect ATS for your business. With over 18 years’ experience in the recruitment sector, we know how to create a personalised and compelling workplace to attract and retain the right candidates. We understand that technology has a fundamental role to play in your success and can work with you to achieve your goals. To best select an ATS, we have outlined certain factors you should consider.

1. Return on investment

It is important to consider the return on investment when selecting an ATS as this allows you to understand how much value your business will gain. For the return on investment to be known, a baseline understanding of your current talent acquisition processes is required. From this, you can select an ATS within your budget, keeping your finances in check and under control.

2. Time and resource

Selecting and implementing an ATS requires dedicated time and resource – a careful review of your current recruitment process must be carried out for the ATS to perform to maximum effectiveness. If your business does not have the time or resource available, the productivity and performance of your ATS could decrease significantly and negatively affect both user experience and process efficiency.

3. Integration with current systems

For your ATS to be most effective, it must be able to integrate with current HR, payroll and procurement systems. This is due to a large cross-over of shared information passed between multiple departments across these separate systems. If your ATS does not integrate seamlessly, time is wasted administering each system separately and manually entering data.

4. Agility

Technology is a fast-paced sector and businesses must evolve their recruitment process to remain competitive and understand the latest, innovative ways in which candidates apply for positions. Therefore, it is vital that your ATS is agile and adaptable – in other words, your ATS must be future-proofed. Reviewing the future development roadmap of your ATS will ensure you work with the best innovation on the market, allowing you to remain up to date when attracting and engaging new talent.

Partner with Blue Saffron

Remote working has affected the job market and the hiring process significantly. With the key considerations explained above, you can ensure that the right ATS will streamline your recruitment process, overcome any challenges and maximise growth.

At Blue Saffron, we have a wealth of experience helping recruitment businesses increase productivity and transform performance. We have written an eBook, You’re Hired! IT In The Recruitment Sector explaining how to leverage the powerful potential of IT to overcome challenges and embrace opportunities in the recruitment industry. Download now to discover how technology can begin revolutionising operations within your recruitment business.

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