- With the announcement of Google's new job boards and Indeed's improved features, more Applicant Tracking System (ATS) providers are emerging in the recruitment market and heating up the competition — all in a goal to make the candidate experience better, SHRM reports.
- The 2017 TAtech—reThinkData Applicant Tracking System survey revealed over 50% of companies are using ATS, which makes up about 80% of the actual jobs found on job boards. ATS providers are optimistic about continued use, with 93% saying that 2017 would be a good year and 87% placing new services and offerings high on their priorities.
- Interestingly, Bell indicated that only around one-quarter of the best ATS solutions offered APIs to integrate job boards, reporting, data exchange and other resources that recruiters need.
Recruitment software has long been considered to be at the forefront of HR products. However, the above survey indicates that there is still room to grow in terms of creating more complete systems that tap into all the features that recruiters need.
Better candidate data management and sharing can help recruiters make hiring decisions and track skill shortages. Integrations that automatically link job data with job boards can streamline advertisements and incoming applicants. With the job market presently experiencing shortages in many industries, more ATS need to remain focused on front end features that make the application process more intuitive, simple, and convenient.
Not much was mentioned about mobile ATS, but there are probably many that are working closely with social job posting and mobile job sites to make sure candidates get what they are expecting. How can employers take advantage of the best ATS and job boards? They can evaluate current processes and systems to see what is lacking (based on candidate feedback) and work to integrate processes so they are complimenting each other effectively.