Before the development of applicant tracking software (ATS), employee recruitment was a time-consuming and tedious process. Human resources executives would need to manually sort through mountains of resumes and read hundreds to thousands of cover letters to find the ideal candidate. Even digitally sorting through resumes proved to be a flawed system as recruiters could easily delete or overlook the perfect resume by mistake. While the number of resumes a company receives can vary based on industry, company size, type of position, and location, the average corporate job listing attracts about 250 resumes according to Glassdoor. Larger companies such as Google receive more than three million job applications per year. Thanks to advancements in technology, employee recruitment is no longer inefficient and disorganized.
Applicant tracking software has significantly helped to simplify and expedite the recruitment process. The software handles recruitment by using algorithms to sort through resumes, search for keywords, and highlight the applicants with relevant experience and skills. With ATS, much of the process of reading resumes, choosing prime candidates, and eliminating those without relevant experience is taken on by the software, freeing up valuable time for recruiters and automating many of the routine administrative tasks that are part of the recruiting and hiring process.
Tim Diassi, Senior Vice President at Unicorn HRO, discussed how ATS has improved the recruitment process on HR.com. Read his full article here.