Recruitment has traditionally been an extremely time-consuming and labour-intensive process; however, the past two decades have seen much greater adoption of newer technologies by recruitment teams to help combat this. This has included the use of candidate relationship management systems (CRMs) and, more recently, a move to cloud-based systems.
What technological tools are available?
There are tools now widely available that are aimed at making life much easier for recruiters. These include CRMs and online job boards, with the cloud also opening up more avenues.
Why the move to cloud-based systems?
Cloud-based systems have a number of advantages over traditional recruitment software. They are always ‘on’ and offer greater flexibility and efficiencies.
Advantages of using a cloud-based applicant tracking system
The first is to do with accessibility. A cloud-based system can be accessed from anywhere and at any time as long as there is an internet connection. There is no need to use the same computer or device each time, which makes it simple to track the progress of applications and see any new candidates as soon as they appear. Everyone accessing the system will be able to see the most up-to-date information; what’s more, the accessibility of many ATSs extends to video-based assessments and interviews.
The second advantage is around collaboration. Having everything in one easily accessible place makes it much easier for teams to collaborate without having to be physically together. Anyone using the system will always be seeing the latest data, and multiple people can review applications or update records as needed. This makes it much quicker to screen and shortlist candidates, and any member of the recruitment team can provide the candidates with updates/feedback. Many cloud-based systems have notifications built-in, making tracking and allocating tasks much simpler.
The third great thing about a cloud-based ATS is that it is likely to integrate with and work alongside any existing HR, recruitment and even financial software. This can help to streamline processes, reduce duplication/paperwork, and create a powerful suite of recruitment tools.
How is it helpful for candidates?
In addition to being great for recruiters, a cloud-based applicant tracking system is good for candidates. Being able to customise the ATS gives a better user experience (UX) for candidates and enables you to promote your brand and show that you are using the latest technologies. This can help to create a positive impression. Many candidates will be applying for multiple jobs at once; therefore, the easier the application process, the better.
Overall, there are numerous reasons why both going digital and opting for cloud-based solutions make a lot of business sense.
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