What is an Applicant Tracking System? Who are the main providers?

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 7:37pm Tuesday 25 November 2008

What is an Application Tracking System (ATS) ? You may have heard the ATS called many different things such as a “Recruitment Database System”, “e-recruitment System”, "Jobmatch", "Talent Management System" etc. For the purpose of this post, I will refer to it as simply an ATS. If I have left any sites or products out, please contact me or leave a comment.

“An application tracking system (ATS) also called a candidate management system (CMS), is a software application designed to help an enterprise recruit employees more efficiently. An ATS can be used to post job openings on a corporate website or job board, screen resumes and generate interview requests to potential candidates by email. Other features may include individual applicant tracking, requisition tracking, automated resume ranking, customised input forms, pre-screening questions and response tracking, and multilingual capabilities.”

You could also read the definition on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applicant_tracking_system

So you have read the definition, but what dose it means to the average Recruitment Consultant?

An ATS is a system that allows you to manage your workflow in an online capacity. It removes (most) the heavy administrational burden of recruitment and automates the tasks – from acknowledgement letters, job advert postings through to an interview performance and psychometric testing. There are many different products and providers on the market – one size dose not fit all.

What are some benefits of using ATS’s

ATS Providers in Australia
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