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Posted by CareerBuilder UK on 27 March 2015 in HR Glossary, HR Technology Trends, Recruiting Workflow & Efficiency | 4 Comments


An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a powerful HR software tool that covers a company's entire recruitment workflow – from the job advertisement, through communication with applicants, to the signing of an employment contract with a new employee. 

The software can be installed as a desktop version or, ideally, accessed via a web-based application. It enables quicker, simpler and more effective processing of applications and easier management of candidate data. Vacancies can be created with just a few clicks and advertisements posted on multiple job platforms simultaneously. Incoming applications are automatically captured by the ATS, which converts them into a standard candidate profile. Recruiters then have the ability to compare, select, and, with the help of useful email templates, contact applicants via the HR software within the shortest possible time. What's more, applicant profiles can be forwarded to managers in other departments for internal approval. Notes can be added to individual candidate profiles and candidates can be put into a particular phase in the application process. It is also possible to archive candidate profiles in a talent pool for contacting again at a later as required.

In the long-run, the use of an ATS enables companies to save not only valuable time, but also considerable costs in recruitment.


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