All Blog Posts Tagged 'Applicant' (102)

Build Your Own Applicant Tracking System

There are lots of folks out there that simply like to build things themselves. This can easily be seen with home improvement and is backed up with the success of “How to” books and the DIY network. The same is true for software.

A few weeks ago, I was browsing around the internet for some applicant tracking system (ATS) information and came across a video entitled “Build Your Own n-Tier Applicant Tracking System (ATS) in 10… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on May 7, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Applicant Tracking System Guides

There are a number of different applicant tracking system (ATS) guides available to help both HR professionals and recruiters narrow down on the vast amount of solutions. These guides typically come from separate angles ranging from ATS vendors steering clients towards their solutions to 3rd party sources with a large amount of ATS experience.

While I have created, reviewed, and purchased many of these guides, I haven’t found one all-inclusive guide that covers all of the features,… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on May 5, 2009 at 6:13pm — No Comments

2009 Applicant Tracking System Vendor List

Starting over a year ago, I began keeping track of all of the different ATS systems available. Now the list has grown to almost 140 different vendors. Yikes! I thought it might be nice to make this list available to folks, so I helped a group of friends build a little site with the list. For anyone interest, I would welcome any feedback before I send it to everyone. Please feel free to contact me if you would like a sneak peek.

Best of luck!!!

Jake Stupak…


Added by Jake Stupak on April 30, 2009 at 10:35am — No Comments

If you need to explain how something works, it probably won’t. Why designing ATS software for the critical users matters.

At Newton, we believe that the people who use our software the most aren’t necessarily the people that are critical to its success. Our “Critical User” is the person that uses Newton intermittently, every now and then, once a day, once a week, or maybe even less.

Up to this point, companies have designed business software almost entirely for what we might call a “Power User”, i.e. people that are going to use it day in and day out. If you… Continue

Added by Joel Passen on April 17, 2009 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Out with PPT's and PDF's and in with Video to Better Engage Your Audience

I was recently asked to speak to a group of Human Resources professionals about emerging trends in recruiting and Human Resources technology. The moderator of the group asked if I could send some preview collateral, a PowerPoint or PDF, that he could distribute to the group prior to the meeting. Having created, reviewed, deleted, ignored, and edited thousands of PowerPoint’s and PDF’s in my career, I decided that I was going to do something different. Knowing that most audiences have a very… Continue

Added by Joel Passen on April 7, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Most Requested Reason for Applicant Tracking System Newcomers

Since the beginning of the year, I have spoke with an increasingly large number of applicant tracking system (ATS) newcomers. While one might expect the main reason for the influx to be reducing costs in general, there is a very specific goal almost all have in common. They wanted to manage the large number of candidates applying for positions. Of course this can easily be correlated with the current unemployment rate at 8.5%. One HR professional from a smaller organization said she had over… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on April 3, 2009 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

Spring Forward. Tally-ho!

How’s the market? I can’t even begin to guess how many times that I have been asked this question. Having worked in and around recruiting for over a dozen years, people assume that I see trends in the labor market that can indicate the overall health of the economy. To a great extent this is true. The companies that I have helped start and run for the past 10 years are proven leading indicators of market conditions, especially for the technology markets: people stop hiring when things get… Continue

Added by Joel Passen on March 31, 2009 at 12:14pm — No Comments

January Beauty Pageants Focus on Talent Acquisition Systems and Onboarding Systems – Register Today!

HRchitect has conducted three highly successful beauty pageants so far and they have quickly become the buzz of the industry. On November 14, 2008, iCIMS was crowned the winner of the Talent Acquisition Systems pageant, on November 21, 2008, Cornerstone OnDemand was crowned the winner of the Talent Management Systems pageant, and on December 19, 2008, GeoLearning was crowned the winner of the Learning Management Systems beauty pageant.

2009 will have a full schedule of at least two… Continue

Added by Matt Lafata on January 13, 2009 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Question: How Many More Resumes?

In the last several months, there have been a huge number of layoffs. Lots of very talented, experienced, and motivated folks have unfortunately been affected. Earlier this week, I read an article written by GL Hoffman on US News entitled When HR is Bad PR. The article highlights the efforts that should be made to reply to candidates. The article made think - “How many more resumes are recruiters… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on December 12, 2008 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Tip of the Week – Prove Your Performance

There is no shortage of reports available in applicant tracking systems (ATS) to help you with your everyday tasks. They allow you to quickly find candidates, set timeframes and plan for future efforts. However, the reporting capabilities are also a powerful tool to prove your performance.

For this weeks tip, try developing a report or a list of reports which highlight your performance over the past few quarters or years. Assuming you have a positive performance report, these can be… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on December 10, 2008 at 5:45pm — 1 Comment

Competition to All ATS Vendors

The number of applicant tracking system (ATS) vendors has steadily grown over the past several years and continues to grow today. In what I believe to be one of the fiercest competitive arenas in software, vendors are evolving their solutions and offerings in an attempt to standout from the rest of the pack. Company reputation, price and feature sets are the main components vendors struggle to balance in an attempt to become profitable. However, there are challenging forms of competition… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on November 19, 2008 at 4:10pm — No Comments

What exactly is an Applicant Tracking System?

An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is computer software which facilitates an organization’s administration in their staffing requirements. It is also referred to as a talent management platform or more simply, a resume database. Applicant tracking systems are increasingly moving online, i.e. web-based ATS, making it easier for customers to sign up and get started.

The basic purpose of an applicant tracking system is to aid an organization’s… Continue

Added by Farhan Ahmed on November 19, 2008 at 7:47am — No Comments

Applicant Tracking System Tip of the Week – Subscribe to Your RSS Feed

Almost all applicant tracking solutions (ATS) offer a candidate based career portal. This allows candidates to browse through current positions at your company. One of the best components for attracting candidates back to your career portal is with the RSS feed. It is designed to allow visitors to receive information automatically about future positions as they become available.

This week’s tip is to try subscribing to the RSS feed. By doing so you will be able to:

1.… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on November 11, 2008 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Free Applicant Tracking System White Paper

I have recently written a white paper called “Considerations for ATS Selection” that was sponsored by JobDig Tracker. The paper covers many aspects for users that are just discovering applicant tracking systems (ATS) and what benefits can be gained by using specific features. I believe folks will find it insightful and helpful for ATS selection. I invite any questions or comments on the paper. Click below to download it for free...enjoy!…


Added by Jake Stupak on November 7, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

How would an Ideal Applicant Tracking System look like ?

Despite the widespread availability of applicant tracking and resume management solutions, none of

them really solves the hiring problem for businesses. Almost all the solutions come with high price

tags, and are bloated with features like ERP integration and succession planning that are irrelevant to

alot of businesses, leaving them with no choice but to rely on informal methods to manage job applications.

In my opinion an applicant tracking system should:

-Help… Continue

Added by Farhan Ahmed on November 7, 2008 at 1:09am — 5 Comments

Applicant Tracking System Vendors

I ran across a listing of applicant tracking system (ATS) vendors the other day when I was reading the Recruiting Nevada blog. I was a bit disappointed to see that JobDig Tracker didn't make the list, so I created my own list. Some are listed by product name while others by company name. I encourage everyone to comment if I have missed some.

JobDig Tracker -


Akken -

Alchemus -… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on November 6, 2008 at 3:53pm — 6 Comments

Changing Applicant Tracking System Vendors

Many of the popular applicant tracking system (ATS) vendors continue to strengthen their client retention rates. Hirebridge currently boasts a better than 98% retention rate. However, there are a number of users looking to switch to a different ATS for a variety of reasons. Below are highlights of the biggest factors I’ve found for changing to a different ATS.


The pricing of ATSs has become one of the largest areas of competition for vendors. Many web based (SaaS model)… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on November 3, 2008 at 11:20am — 4 Comments

TalentManagementTech Delivers Applicant Tracking Insight

Anyone that has recently been looking for an applicant tracking system (ATS) has more than likely discovered the large number of solutions and vendors out there. While I remain loyal to JobDig Tracker, I found that TalentManagementTech offers a medium for HR professionals and recruiters to browse around different ATS solution information that is provided directly from vendors. In addition, you can find… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on October 29, 2008 at 11:06am — No Comments

Free Usage ATS Trial

Last week I posted an article about maximizing an applicant tracking system’s (ATS) 30 day trial. While the post was specifically intended for a time limited trial, I want to extend the post to include topics regarding a different form of ATS test drive offered by vendors. This offer revolves around a completely free model of usage.

The word “free” has reigned champion as the number one attention getter for quite some time. I almost always review offers that land within my general or… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on October 27, 2008 at 2:40pm — 1 Comment

ATS Tip of the Week - Client Experience Test

While working throughout the day within your applicant tracking systems (ATS), it can be easy to take for granted the amount of transparent automation that is occurring. The ATS automates posting requisitions, sending emails, generating schedules, etc. Each part of the automation makes your hiring processes more manageable and efficient. In fact, a good ATS can some times make you forget about one of it biggest values, which is attracting and hiring quality candidates.

For many, the… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on October 24, 2008 at 10:46am — No Comments

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