Back to Blog Four Ways an Applicant Tracking System Can Help Small Recruitment Agencies by Jen Anderson on July 17th, 2017 Large-scale recruitment agencies have long known the benefits of utilising an applicant tracking system (ATS) to manage a large influx of job seekers, monitor recruiters’ interaction with applicants, and maintain a vibrant and robust pipeline of vetted, qualified candidates. However, recruitment start-ups and smaller agencies hesitate when deciding to adopt an applicant tracking system. Usability, customisation, and ROI are all concerns when you’re considering an applicant tracking system for your recruitment agency. So why is the right ATS so important regardless of the size of your company and how can smaller recruitment agencies benefit? 1. Increased efficiency and productivity – Within a smaller recruitment agency, manpower is at a premium, and reducing the time-to-fill is invaluable. The right ATS provides features such as resume parsing, email integration, and task generation. By delivering a fully-automated system and eliminating the need for time-consuming data entry, recruiters spend less time on data entry and more time filling open positions. 2. Improved candidate experience – Much has been said within the industry about how fostering a positive applicant experience can lead to a higher calibre of candidate, but how can a smaller recruitment agency establish that presence? The best applicant tracking systems provide an easy-to-use platform for both the recruiter and the candidate. Friendly front-end usability eliminates roadblocks between you and your candidates and improves the overall image of your employment brand. 3. Competitive advantage – What is the differentiating factor between successful recruitment agencies and those who fail? Profitable recruiters have a pipeline of qualified candidates ready to fill a position at a moment’s notice. An applicant tracking system goes beyond merely tracking an applicant through the hiring process and allows a recruiter to manage relationships with qualified individuals in order to build bench strength. Quicker and easier communications ensure a stellar candidate hears from you first. 4. Scalability for the future – Those who invest in an ATS benefit from a system that is built for the future. When choosing the right applicant tracking system, you should focus on not only ensuring the system works for you in-the-moment but also on ensuring that it’s flexible enough to accommodate unforeseen necessities down the road. Customisation and smooth integration offer a built-in insurance so that whatever successes and growth you experience, your ATS adapts to meet your needs.