Back to Blog 3 Signs You Need an Applicant Tracking System by Bob McHugh on April 26th, 2019 Should you be using an applicant tracking system (ATS)? If you’re a staffing firm, the answer is probably yes. A good ATS will make your firm more efficient, more productive, and likely more profitable. Here are three signs it’s time to make the switch. 1) Your Staffing Firm is Growing An ATS is a long-term investment that both grows your business and grows with your business. In fact, growing your firm without an ATS can be downright impossible. The bigger your firm gets, the more complex your database becomes. Tracking candidates, communication, and your recruiter’s activity can quickly become unwieldy as your firm grows in size. Candidates get lost in the crowd, errors add up, and you risk losing important accounts. An ATS makes growth painless, and even encourages it. A good ATS system will help you streamline manual tasks, drive better relationships with your candidates, and make it easy to get new recruiters up to speed—all essential for growing your firm. 2) You Want to Improve Your Candidate Experience Want happier candidates? Eliminate the steps that lead to hassle and frustration. An excellent ATS and its integrations can help simplify every step of the candidate lifecycle, from streamlining the application process to eliminating timely paperwork during the onboarding process. But it’s the human touches that truly make for a great candidate experience. The best applicant tracking systems will provide your recruiters with the insights they need to better manage their candidate relationships. And by eliminating the need for entering data, they’ll have more time to devote to them. 3) You Don’t Have Enough Visibility Into Your Business Is it easy for you to access data about your business? Can you measure fill rate? Interviews per hire? The number of times your recruiters reach out to candidates? An ATS makes it easier to report on your data and gives you insight into your recruiter’s activity, so your recruiters can become better faster. Even better, an ATS that automatically captures data will gather the data for you, so you can be confident that the data is accurate and a true representation of your firm’s recruiting activity. A good ATS will illuminate all aspects of your business. In addition to tracking your recruiter activity data, an ATS will help you better understand your candidate pool as well. You can closely review all communications with candidates to ensure all their needs are met. Want to learn more about applicant tracking systems? Check out the ATS Buyer’s Guide for everything you need to know to make a worthwhile investment in your staffing firm’s future.