Why Small Businesses Should Use Applicant Tracking Systems

You’re a small business, but you’re suddenly getting a larger influx of applicants, making it harder and harder to keep them organized. Now, you want to start using a software or system that clears up this issue, but you don’t know if you’ve actually grown large enough to see the impact of this investment.

Adopting an applicant tracking system can be a great way to get organized. As with any other software, there are pros and cons to this approach, but small, growing and larger companies can reap many benefits from it.

Saves you time

This is probably the No. 1 reason HR professionals begin using an applicant tracking system once they get an influx of applicants. Recruiters who learned how to use these systems correctly found they reduced hiring time by as much as 20 percent. Using an applicant tracking system saves you from posting the same job on multiple job boards since it automates this task. The software also allows you to delegate tasks and manage templates.

Attracts more applicants

Most applicant tracking systems make your application more accessible on mobile devices and tablets. With many candidates constantly on their phones, allowing them to complete an application from their smartphone is a wise HR tactic. Making applications more user-friendly means that more applicants will finish the initial recruitment process, and thus, the applications will fall right into your hands. No more digging around on multiple sites to gather all of the entries.

Gives you only the appropriate applicants

Once the applications start flooding in, you might find you’re getting a lot of candidates who don’t actually match the criteria you’re looking for. Not only do applicant tracking systems allow you to customize the questions you ask your candidates, they also will automatically eliminate those who don’t fit your criteria. This may not seem like a big deal, but not having to sift through unqualified candidate applications can save you hours, even days of work. Not everyone thoroughly reads through a job posting, so save yourself some time on the other end.

Shows a cleaner application approach

If an application is disorganized, confusing, repetitive or time consuming, it’s much less likely that candidates will complete it. Applicant tracking systems help you create a cleaner, more efficient application, meaning less of a headache for everyone. Not only are they going to have an easier time following through, you will have an easier time sifting through all of the applications that come your way.

Applicant tracking systems are a great way for small businesses to start organizing their application process. Not only will it make the process easier for the applicants, it will also make it easier for your team to work through the multitude of resumes that begin piling up.

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