Finding and hiring top talent is a tough game – one recruiters can’t win with a clunky ATS that can barely post jobs and collect resumes. To come out on top, recruiters today need a modern applicant tracking system (ATS) that has: 

  • Advanced search: A modern ATS should have top-notch searching capabilities. From hundreds, if not thousands, of candidates, you should be able to quickly and accurately narrow down results based on multiple criteria, including candidates’ skills, experience, location, and job title. Your ATS should also support Boolean search to create custom queries, as well as have the ability to save your search criteria and alert you when new candidates who match those criteria are in the system. 
  • Automation: Recruiting involves lots of repetitive processes, and it’s the job of a modern ATS to help you automate them. This includes but isn’t limited to resume parsing to extract relevant candidate information, initial screening to qualify or disqualify candidates based on predefined criteria, bulk emailing to inform candidates of the status of their applications, and interview scheduling for candidates to book time slots without any hassle.  
  • Candidate experience-centric design: The best ATSs take candidate experience into account at every stage of the application process. Using one, you should expect an intuitive career site, application forms that are easy to complete, a chatbot that gives timely answers to common questions, emails that are personalized to each candidate, and more.   
  • Collaborative hiring: Hiring people is often a team effort. A modern ATS should facilitate seamless collaboration between all the team members involved, allowing them to share notes, rate candidates, communicate with one another and more without leaving the platform.
  • Mobile optimization: In a mobile-first world, mobile optimization is a necessity, not an accessory. Over half of all job applicants use their mobile devices to search and apply. Recruiters also need a mobile-responsive ATS to manage the hiring process on the go.
  • Actionable insights: Every recruiter needs to have data on how their recruitment process is performing and where improvements can be made. Modern ATSs come equipped with powerful reporting and analytics capabilities, allowing you to track several metrics such as time-to-hire, cost-per-hire, candidate source effectiveness, and more.
  • Seamless integration: A modern ATS shouldn’t have any trouble connecting with other HR tools, such as job boards, social media platforms, background check providers, and HRISs, to seamlessly sync data and eliminate the need to enter any information manually.  

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Huda Idris

Huda has been writing about all things tech for over 10 years. She’s currently a Senior Editor at SelectSoftware Reviews, a website committed to delivering unbiased software recommendations. By researching, demoing, and testing various solutions in the HR and TA Tech space, the team at SSR helps thousands of Recruiting and PeopleOps professionals build solid tech stacks.


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