Is your agency looking to purchase or upgrade an applicant tracking system (ATS)? Are you feeling overwhelmed with the evaluation process?
Today, recruitment agencies face a variety of unique challenges, as well as deal with the realities of a tight economy and a recruitment landscape that is constantly changing. Additionally, increased competition and client service demands have made an efficient and secure workflow an even more critical business issue.
Recruitment technology is specifically built to accelerate recruitment processes and enable recruitment teams to collaborate more effectively. Clearly, a more productive and efficient team makes more placements and therefore grows more revenue. While recruitment agencies have long been dependent on different and disparate technologies to produce results, they have only recently become more reliant on fully integrated systems that can tie them all together. Many recruitment agencies have learned that using multiple disconnected systems results in redundancy and poor data quality due to natural human error.
By fully automating the recruitment process with an applicant tracking system (ATS) or recruitment CRM system, recruitment professionals are able to spend more time building the relationships that drive their business and less time shuffling paper, manually searching the internal database, and combing the web for qualified candidates. A fully integrated system will improve the speed at which an agency operates, which can increase revenue by as much as 35%.
In searching for the right solution, recruitment agencies can scour numerous ATS software reviews to learn more about industry vendors and their products. Many agencies understand that hearing directly from customers and learning about their experiences with different vendors can greatly contribute to the overall decision as to which solution to purchase.
ATS software reviews will give your agency more insight into the vendor’s reputation with its clients, which is extremely important to understand. After all, you’re looking for a software provider that has a good reputation for supporting its product. You can also look into client references and testimonials as you make your recruitment software comparisons. It may take some time and energy on your end to evaluate these ATS software reviews, but it will be well worth the effort. If you find a positive general consensus across all sources, then you will feel more confident purchasing a solution from the chosen vendor.
Other things to consider as you evaluate different ATS solutions include workflow management, mobile access, business intelligence, and social recruitment offerings. The functionality you prioritise all greatly depends on your agency’s requirements. As you define your requirements, think about the things that your current workflow may lack now that you’d like to see in the new system. Consider your team’s goals and use this information to evaluate different ATS solutions.
Before you even sit through a demo, make sure you have discussed your agency’s challenges with the vendor so they thoroughly understand your needs. Walk them through your recruitment process and inform them of the areas you’d like to improve. You want the ATS solution to work the way your recruitment consultants work so they can perform at optimum efficiency. Improving speed in the placement process has an immediate impact on top-line growth. In fact, 57% of candidates who are successfully placed are submitted by recruitment consultants within the first 24 hours, according to the Ultimate Revenue Roadmap.
Despite the intricate process of evaluating multiple solutions, it’s important to spend the right amount of time researching in order to find a system that is a good fit for your organisation. The last thing you want to do is spend thousands of dollars on a solution that doesn’t meet the needs of your agency in the long run. Do the hard work up front. It will pay off in the end.
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Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International
Peter oversees Bullhorn’s international operations outside North America in his role as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International. Peter joined Bullhorn in 2009 and was responsible for its highly successful UK launch and continued expansion internationally. Peter has grown the international team to over 100 staff, established Bullhorn as the UK’s market leading recruitment software and has expanded Bullhorn’s reach into EMEA and APAC, achieving a user base of more than 30,000 international users. Prior to taking on the launch of Bullhorn International, Peter spent 20 years working in the recruitment industry and held a number of senior director roles before moving into the technology space.