The hiring process isn’t what it used to be. Not that long ago, you could run an ad in the local newspaper and wait for a dozen or so resumes to arrive in the mail. You’d spend some time on each one, schedule interviews with the great candidates and send carefully composed, hand-signed letters to the mediocre ones.
Those days are long gone. With the advent of the Internet, any job listing is likely to elicit hundreds or even thousands of applications.
It’s no wonder that many hiring professionals avoid advertising positions altogether, as Harvard Business Review notes. Instead, many simply opt for another old-fashioned method: word of mouth. But hiring without advertising positions may not result in access to the best possible talent pool, potentially decreasing your company’s competitive advantage.
A brave new world of hiring
The recruitment and hiring process has changed in many other ways, as well. Human resources professionals are expected to make use of multiple channels to find qualified candidates. Today’s hiring professional must monitor and cultivate a presence on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media outlets.
Social media use often involves promoted call-for-applications posts to grab the most attention from candidates. E-blasts, newsletters, mailing lists and other marketing methods also come into play to generate interest.
All these methods for getting the word out work well – sometimes too well. As a result, you easily can find yourself bombarded with a flood of resumes with no practical way to comb through them and identify qualified candidates in a timely fashion. Meanwhile, an important position may sit unfilled.
Fortunately, there’s another way for overwhelmed human resources professionals to quickly sort through applications and identify the best candidates.
How can an Applicant Tracking System help?
To keep up with the latest recruiting and hiring methods, it’s critical that today’s hiring professional use the most cutting-edge technology available to find and cultivate talent. An evolving system seeing wide adoption is the Applicant Tracking System.
These systems are designed to help you easily and quickly manage large amounts of applicant information through a central database. Depending on the specific system your company adopts, you can either collect data through an internal application or extract it from applications posted through various Internet job boards.
Applicant Tracking System technology constantly evolves, with some systems now incorporating tools like artificial intelligence and natural language processing to allow you to sort and score applications with incredible accuracy. You can even use your system to re-evaluate past job applicants.
A better way to hire
The Internet – and especially social media – seemingly has opened the floodgates of job applicants. For many human resources professionals, the task of sorting the data can be overwhelming. With the help of an Applicant Tracking System, you can easily manage applications and find that fantastic next employee.