Primer on Applicant Tracking Systems

May 1, 2012 — 2,562 views  
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Human resources professionals often have a lot on their plate when it comes to managing recruitment, payroll and employee benefits. Staffing departments often use a number of different software programs to ensure that resumes, employment data and other information stays organized, and one of the most effective tools for this purpose is an applicant tracking system.

This typically web-based program is used to track all incoming job applications with regard to recruitment. Usually, this software is linked to a server that stores confidential information like resumes and indexes it to enable easy searching. Ineligible applicants can then be screened for efficiency purposes and qualified candidates listed in order of preference.

Applicant tracking systems are often linked to an internal job posting board that is based in the cloud. Companies can post job descriptions on a secure website and then filter the responses to ensure that only serious candidates are called for an interview.

Human resources departments can use electronic handling to increase productivity and manage the thousands of candidates that apply to larger corporations. Applicant tracking systems directly influence daily efficiency and respective time-to-hire.