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Monday, May 12, 2014

You Need To Know What A Resume Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Does


You might just say this is a FYI for new career changers. As a  job seeker it is important that you be aware that a Applicant Tracking System may be part of the equation in getting hired. We have tried to explain how it is important to make sure that your resume is properly prepared so that an ATS can read it.(Editor's Note)


"An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software application that enables the electronic handling of recruitment needs. An ATS system can be implemented on an Enterprise or small business level, depending on the needs of the company. ATS systems are very similar to Customer Relationship Management Systems, but are designed for recruitment tracking purposes.
Nearly all major corporations use some form of Applicant Tracking Systems to handle job applications and to manage resume data. A dedicated ATS is not uncommon for recruitment specific needs. On the enterprise level it may be offered as a module or functional addition to a Human Resources Suite or Human Resource Information System (HRIS). The ATS is expanding into Small and medium enterprises through Open Source or Software as a service offerings (SaaS).

The principal function of an ATS is to provide a central location and database for a company's recruitment efforts. ATS are built to better assist management of resumes and applicant information. Data is either collected from internal applications via the ATS front-end, located on the company website or is extracted from applicants on job boards. The majority of job and resume boards (Monster, Hotjobs, Career Builder) have partnerships with ATS software providers to provide parsing support and ease of data migration from one system to another.
Functionality of an ATS is not limited to data mining and collection, ATS applications in the recruitment industry include the ability automate the Recruitment Process via a defined workflow.

Another benefit of an applicant tracking system is analyzing and coordinating recruitment efforts - managing the conceptual structure known as Human Capital. A corporate career site or company specific job board module may be offered, allowing companies to provide opportunities to internal candidates prior to external recruitment efforts. Candidates may be identified via preexisting data or through information garnered through other means. This data is typically stored for search and retrieval processes. ATS systems have expanded ATS offerings that include off-site, encrypted resume and data storage, legally required by Equal Opportunity Employment Laws.


Applicant Tracking Systems may also be referred to as a Talent Management Systems (TMS) and/or Talent Platform and are often provided via an application service provider or software as a service (SaaS) model. The level of service and cost can vary greatly across providers."
Source Wikipedia 





    11 Post a Comment:

    Vincent Chan said...

    Thank you for putting this post together. Most recruiters hate to manage applicant's data using email and excel. So I built something that I think is better: http://resumetracker.com - I now use it for handling all the online recruiting process. I'd love to hear your feedback on it.

    andi said...

    Thanks for this got so many information about applicant tracking software, this is very useful.

    Lisa said...

    This article was not usefull at all. It should have told you how to make it ATS friendly. How should an ATS resume look in comparison to a NON-ATS friendly resume? What charastics should an ATS resume have? Then list them; 1,2,3 etc... You could also do a visual comparison between resumes and show pictures of both. Also, you should say the result of the software receiving a resume that it can't read? What happens to it? Where does it go? What happens to your chances of getting that job? Even if you are qualified?
    Definately didn't help me. :(

    Recruitment Software said...

    Nice Topic Shared here about the recruitment process.

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    This is the good opportunity for organisations to recruit talented employees. You described very clearly. Thanks for sharing.

    dany chandra said...

    Excellent blog creation for applicant tracking system...
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    Anonymous said...

    For me, ditto to Lisa's comments on March 12,2011! I am aware of what they do, etc...I don't need to know that. What I DO need to know is if my resume is ATS friendly. If not, what do I need to do to make it ATS friendly?

    Marcova said...

    Great post sharing by you...
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    Anonymous said...

    Not helpful...we're here to find jobs. Information is power. I agree with Lisa's post. Tell us what we can do to get our resumes viewed and recognized by the ATS!

    Steven James Burks said...

    Lisa, and the two "anonymouses," are correct. The other comments sound like bots, spammy sales, or, perhaps the target audience was recruiters, and not job seekers.

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