Advantages and Disadvantages of Applicant Tracking Systems

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Applicant tracking systems are systems that many companies implement in order to facilitate the CV evaluation process. They are mostly used by large companies however more and more small and medium companies are using them to improve the process of finding employees.

What are applicant tracking systems?

Applicant tracking systems are systems in place that analyze CVs and resumes electronically. Their aim is to streamline the application process by keeping track of the vast number of CVs or resumes received for a particular position.

Benefits of applicant tracking systems

  • Applicant tracking systems help businesses to filter through unsolicited resumes. They provide simple, impartial solutions to the growing problem of resume management.
  • Such systems also keep resumes in the system, thus if a future position arises that is more appropriate for the candidate, the system will flag it as positive.
  • Such technology is also more efficient in terms of time and money. Automated systems reduce paperwork and lower administrative and advertising costs.

Disadvantages of applicant tracking systems

  • Applicant tracking systems only looks for resumes that meet the exact requirements of the position. Therefore recent college graduates, borderline candidates or those switching careers will be at a disadvantage, and the resumes that you are left with will be from a very limited job seeker audience.
  • Automated systems are often unreliable and can reject resumes for unnecessary reasons, such as if the scanner is unable to read them properly. Some resumes received will be more complicated to read and oftentimes such systems are unable to correctly read them.
  • Some applicant tracking systems limit the information applicants can provide, due to character restricted application fields. This may lead you to eliminate a perfectly suitable candidate for the position.