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10 signs your
Applicant Tracking System
is stuck in the 90’s
Jason Buss
Recruiting Innovation Officer
SmartRecruiters
Overview
Applicant tracking systems (ATS) were originally designed in the late
1990’s to automate the application for job ...
Candidate experience & drop-offs
Your ATS is designed like a retailer site
with a shopping cart, or one that requires
a us...
Employee referrals
You expect your employees to visit an
outdated referral page on the intranet to
constantly see what new...
Your database
Performing a search in your ATS leaves your
recruiters wondering why a software engineer
search in Silicon V...
Interview & selection activities
Hiring is not a collaborative effort and
you rely on email updates and voice mails
betwee...
Reporting & analytics
You are pulling information from multiple
sources, relying on spreadsheets, candidate
self selected ...
Corporate career sites
You spend most of your time building project
plans and attending internal meetings with
Marketing &...
Marketing & distributing jobs
You use third party functionality to post
your jobs, or you are posting them on each
site ma...
8
Managing external recruiters
Your process isn’t compliant and external
agency or search firm recruiters are emailing
can...
Candidate experience & drop-offs
Your ATS is designed like a retailer site
with a shopping cart, or one that requires
a us...
LinkedIn for sourcing & branding
Your recruiters are required to go back-and-
forth between LinkedIn & your ATS.
You know ...
With 20 years of global human resources and talent
acquisition leadership experience, Jason Buss is a
recognized expert wi...
Read more at the
SmartRecruiters
Hiring Success blog
or sign up for a demo.
YOUR HIRING SUCCESS PLATFORM
w: smartrecruiters.com I e: success@smartrecruiters.com I p: 1-800-517-1148
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10 Signs Your ATS is Stuck in the 90's

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10 Signs Your ATS is Stuck in the 90's

  1. 1. 10 signs your Applicant Tracking System is stuck in the 90’s Jason Buss Recruiting Innovation Officer SmartRecruiters
  2. 2. Overview Applicant tracking systems (ATS) were originally designed in the late 1990’s to automate the application for job seekers and to track applicants for employers. The ATS hasn’t evolved enough over the past 15 years to meet the requirements for a competitive approach to recruiting. As a result, many recruiting leaders have had to make decisions to deploy add-on solutions and modules to close the significant gap the ATS has created.
  3. 3. Candidate experience & drop-offs Your ATS is designed like a retailer site with a shopping cart, or one that requires a username and password. Your ATS takes 1 click to complete and submit an application (after clicking apply) on your career site. 1990’s 2015
  4. 4. Employee referrals You expect your employees to visit an outdated referral page on the intranet to constantly see what new jobs are open and think through who they might know. Your ATS automatically matches your jobs to your employees professional networks and proactively markets jobs. 1990’s 2015
  5. 5. Your database Performing a search in your ATS leaves your recruiters wondering why a software engineer search in Silicon Valley pulls up administrative assistant candidates in New York. You can easily leverage your proprietary database and perform easy, results-driven searches that work. 1990’s 2015
  6. 6. Interview & selection activities Hiring is not a collaborative effort and you rely on email updates and voice mails between recruiters, hiring managers, and interviewers. Your ATS engages hiring teams, it has an app and a desktop version with a social feed of all hiring activities as well as enabling real time candidate ratings and interview feedback. 1990’s 2015
  7. 7. Reporting & analytics You are pulling information from multiple sources, relying on spreadsheets, candidate self selected source data and third parties to painfully get basic reports. Your ATS is the single source of information for program-wide and by job views. Everything is in one place and guides your investments. 1990’s 2015
  8. 8. Corporate career sites You spend most of your time building project plans and attending internal meetings with Marketing & IT Resources. Your ATS allows you to quickly build or update your corporate career site and instantly deploy a new landing page for specific audiences you are targeting. It also creates search engine optimized ads directly from your ATS. 1990’s 2015
  9. 9. Marketing & distributing jobs You use third party functionality to post your jobs, or you are posting them on each site manually. Your ATS automatically distributes your jobs to any job board or network, provides responsive job ad functionality and enables you to manage all of your contracts in one place. 1990’s 2015
  10. 10. 8 Managing external recruiters Your process isn’t compliant and external agency or search firm recruiters are emailing candidates directly to hiring managers or internal recruiters, outside of your ATS. All of your recruiters are in your ATS, including agencies and search firms, allowing you to control costs, manage candidate delivery and analyze agency results. 1990’s 2015
  11. 11. Candidate experience & drop-offs Your ATS is designed like a retailer site with a shopping cart, or one that requires a username and password. Your ATS takes 1 click to complete and submit an application (after clicking apply) on your career site. 1990’s 2015
  12. 12. LinkedIn for sourcing & branding Your recruiters are required to go back-and- forth between LinkedIn & your ATS. You know if a candidate is in your ATS while sourcing in LinkedIn. You can also quickly jump from a profile in LinkedIn to a profile in your ATS, as well as automatically import LinkedIn profiles and InMail conversations. 1990’s 2015
  13. 13. With 20 years of global human resources and talent acquisition leadership experience, Jason Buss is a recognized expert with deep experience in identifying, recruiting and hiring high-performing teams. As recruitment innovation officer for SmartRecruiters, Jason helps build awareness, visibility and advocacy for the new way of hiring. Prior to SmartRecruiters, he served as head of talent acquisition for TriNet, and vice president of talent acquisition and diversity for Ameriprise Financial. Jason is also the creator and editor of Talent HQ, a premier online news and information channel for the recruiting and human resources community and is the president and community leader of Minnesota Recruiters and California Recruiters, the nations largest and most active regional recruiting communities.
  14. 14. Read more at the SmartRecruiters Hiring Success blog or sign up for a demo.
  15. 15. YOUR HIRING SUCCESS PLATFORM w: smartrecruiters.com I e: success@smartrecruiters.com I p: 1-800-517-1148

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