What is an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

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If you’re looking for solutions to help you recruit and manage candidate applications, you’ve probably seen the term Applicant Tracking System (ATS) thrown around a lot. But what does it mean exactly? And why do most companies have one?

The Definition of an ATS

An applicant tracking system is a piece of software that helps organizations with their recruiting operations. They provide a solution from which you can administer all job openings and their corresponding applications. Including storing and parsing candidate information from resumes to help recruiters compare and identify top candidates.

Applicants Tracking Systems have grown significantly over the last three decades. Career Site Optimization (CSO), screening automation, interview scheduling, branded emails and branded career sites, SMS capabilities, references and background check automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and tools to improve collaboration are just some of the features offered by contemporary state-of-the-art Applicant Tracking Systems.

If you want an in-depth look at the current state of the market, our ATS Buyer’s Guide is an excellent place to start.

Why Do Companies, Especially Enterprise-Level Organizations, Use an ATS?

Enterprise-level organizations face many challenges that require technology and automation to solve. For example, 52 percent of job seekers consider that the most

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