Back to Blog How Can an Applicant Tracking System Improve Your Firm’s Efficiency and Growth? [INFOGRAPHIC] by Jared Lasonde on July 2nd, 2015 An applicant tracking system is one of the most powerful resources that a recruiting firm can use to gain an advantage in a competitive market. The results of the Bullhorn 2015 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Survey reinforced this simple truth with a variety of telling statistics. We’ve collected a few of those conclusions here, but for more actionable data, check out our Applicant Tracking System infographic and the 2015 North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report! 77% of recruiters said they needed an ATS or CRM to do their jobs effectively – Though firms from all segments of recruiting have a high level of appreciation for the efficiencies provided by applicant tracking systems, large firms favor them most of all. As job orders increase in volume and complexity along with the size of their firms, recruiters can benefit greatly from the streamlined processes inherent to applicant tracking systems. 48% of all placements came from ATS candidates – Nearly half of all placements made by respondents in 2014 were achieved with existing candidates in respondents’ applicant tracking systems. Among other candidate sources (including referrals, social media, and job boards), the applicant tracking system reigns supreme in terms of its ability to generate placements. “Sourcing candidates from ATS” ranked best candidate sourcing strategy of 2014 – By compiling a large, healthy group of candidates in their applicant tracking systems, recruiters give themselves a leg up on less organized competition by investing in the most effective sourcing strategy in the market. Other sourcing methods simply don’t hold a candle to the speed and power of a best-in-class applicant tracking system. Check out our ATS infographic today for more revealing data about how an optimized applicant tracking system can take your firm’s performance to the next level! And for more information about trends in the staffing and recruiting market, read the Bullhorn 2015 Recruiting Trends Report.