Does Your ATS Play Nicely With the Modern Job Hunter Toolkit?
By Karl Wierzbicki

Posted Feb 13, 2017 at 19:29 ·5 min read

   

Does Your ATS Play Nicely With the Modern Job Hunter Toolkit?

Many of today’s candidates have never held a paper copy of their resume and wouldn’t know what it means to circle a job ad with a pen or pencil. When jobs ads and resumes were physical documents, integration between job search, application and selection was irrelevant. Each step in the process was discrete by its very nature.

Today, there is no obstacle to integration, except knowing where to start and what your options are.

Don’t be Dismissed by Job Applicants

New entrants into the job market use a suite of cloud or app-based online tools for their career search and are not only dismissive of poorly integrated options, they are often completely flummoxed by them. Increasingly comfortable in their app-driven mobile world, candidates faced with online career portals and applicant tracking systems that don’t “talk to” their preferred job search tools, simply abandon them in frustration.1

Many of the most popular applicant tracking systems, such as Taleo and PeopleSoft Candidate Gateway, were built before these online tools existed and may have limited ability to take advantage of the newest online apps and services.

If you want to hire the best, you owe it to yourself to investigate the many useful tools today’s job seekers rely on and make sure your ATS plays nicely with as many as possible.

Here are just a few of the most popular job search tools today’s candidates are using.

  • LinkedIn: As the leading professional networking tool, a LinkedIn profile has become the de facto resume for many active and passive candidates. But LinkedIn is not just about creating a professional profile. LinkedIn Job Search lets job seekers search for open positions and sort them by date posted, salary and other criteria. When they find a position they are interested in, candidates can apply directly in-app with their LinkedIn profile.
  • Indeed: One of the most popular job search websites and apps, Indeed aggregates job listings from thousands of sources and lets candidates search for jobs and filter the results based on industry, location, desired salary, etc. Job seekers set up email alerts, save jobs to apply later, or attach a résumé to their account so they can apply in-app.
  • Dropbox: Although not specifically designed for job hunting, Dropbox lends itself to the modern candidate. For example, maintaining a current resume in Dropbox and sending a link instead of an attachment when applying by email (or through an ATS that supports it), makes it easy to correct or update the underlying file without having to resubmit. For jobs that require a portfolio or samples of work, sharing a Dropbox folder is a lot simpler than sending attachments that might exceed allowable limits or get caught in spam filters. Dropbox also shines as a tool to organize job search activities. Job seekers can also favorite Dropbox files in the mobile app to ensure they are available offline.
  • Google Docs: An online platform for creating, collaborating and sharing documents online.
  • Google Drive: Much like Dropbox, Google Drive serves as a great all-purpose tool to the job hunter and supports non-traditional resume formats. Whether a candidate is compiling an online portfolio of images, documents videos or projects, Google Drive provides an effective repository. With the added benefit of Google Docs, candidates can create a resume and save it as a Word or PDF file; make slide presentations to showcase skills; or use Google Sheets to track applications and interviews.
  • Facebook: Although Facebook is primarily a personal social network, many job seekers use their Facebook profile for job search as well. Fortunately, add-on apps like BeKnown, launched by Monster.com, allow Facebook users to create a separate career identity on Facebook, where they can share educational and professional experience and accomplishments without revealing their social interactions.
  • CareerOne: Another application from Monster.com, CareerOne allows candidates to stay connected to Monster worldwide and to search, view and apply to jobs directly from a mobile device.
  • Twitter: A good way to stay on top of the latest information curated by trusted sources. These days, new jobs and opportunities are just another type of news.

Candidates Expect Integration and Ease of Use on Mobile

The common ground among these modern job search tools is where they play—online and through mobile devices. In every case, they’re designed to streamline and simplify the job search and application process by leveraging the power of technology, reducing duplicated effort and integrating with other related tools—just as today’s motivated candidates expect.

Applicants have already chosen their preferred tools and methods for looking for new jobs. Applicant tracking systems that that don’t play nicely with the modern job hunter’s toolkit are as irrelevant to today’s candidates as circling a job in the newspaper with a pen.

Failing to integrate with popular social platforms and apps; forcing applicants to use different, more complicated tools; or making applicants re-enter information that should be pre-populated, will drive your best candidates away.

Don’t lose the battle for the hearts, minds and applications of today’s job seekers. Instead, make sure your ATS connects effectively with their most popular job search tools and draw them in.

InFlight can help. Contact us today to arrange a demonstration.

   

[1] CareerBuilder, How Candidate Experience is Transforming HR Technology, http://careerbuildercommunications.com/pdf/hrtechreport.pdf