Posts Tagged ‘applicant management’

Applicant Tracking Software: It’s Time to Switch

August 16th, 2011

It’s 2011. It’s time to lose that old ATS and choose one that was designed to work the way recruiting works.

Applicant Tracking Software: It’s time for a switch
by: newtonsoftware

Ten Questions to Tell if You’re Ready to Switch Applicant Tracking Software Solutions

August 9th, 2011

breakupApplicant Tracking Software is a very polarizing topic. Most of us know from first hand experience that you either love your ATS or you want to throw it out the window and start over. Many of us are just stuck in a rut. We use what they give us or we inherit what was bought by someone who is now long gone.

Well, it’s 2011 and things are changing in the world of applicant tracking software. Progressive vendors make switching smoother than ever with software that’s easy to install, easier to use, and get this, it’s even affordable. Most vendors won’t even expect you to sign long, over-complicated contracts. They’ll provide fast, friendly, free support and they’ll import your legacy data. The bottom line is that you’re not stuck anymore.

Is it really time to make the switch? Maybe you’re just too hard on your current platform. See if it’s really time to ditch that zero and get with a hero.

We’ve created this simple quiz for you to see if it’s time to switch from your current ATS provider.
Simply jot down the number of times you said “no” to the questions in the quiz and compare your results with the key below.

  1. When you contact support, does a person actually answer the phone and help resolve your problem?
  2. Does your current ATS vendor provide free training and support?
  3. Could you have started using your current ATS with virtually no training?
  4. Does it feel like someone with real life corporate recruiting experience designed your ATS?
  5. Do your hiring managers use your ATS regularly without being constantly begged?
  6. Can you go to your current ATS and see exactly what’s happening with your jobs without having to click around or run a report?
  7. Can you click on a ‘dashboard’ and get meaningful recruiting performance metrics at a glance?
  8. Do you love the careers page that your ATS provides as part of the system?
  9. Do you sometimes say to yourself “I’m so glad that we have this ATS”?
  10. Do you feel like your ATS vendor listens to your complaints, comments, and suggestions and tries to improve their product?

Now count the number of times you said “No”:
0-3 – Congratulations! You’re in good shape. Gold star for you.
4-7 – It’s time to admit you have a problem. You should start lobying for a new platform. It’s time to get serious, see what’s out there.
8-10 – Time to blow this popsicle stand! When’s your contract up? You need a change now.

Score higher than a 4? It’s okay. Stay calm and breathe. Go directly to a browser and visit: www.newtonsoftware.com. They’ll free you.

Is Social Recruiting a Growing Hotbed for OFCCP Claims?

June 21st, 2011

CIO.com recently published a very informative article titled “Social Networks: A New Hotbed for Hiring Discrimination Claims.” The article gives a comprehensive perspective into the world of corporate recruiting, particularly how recruiters are using social networks more and more to evaluate potential hires.
Social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter give recruiters and hiring managers the chance to look at a potential candidate’s everyday life, work habits and personal information. Increasingly, recruiters are this information to determine whether a candidate is a good fit for their company. However, using their findings as the basis for a hire can lead to a heap of discrimination claims against the company.
In this article, CIO.com spoke with HR consultant Jessica Miller-Merrell about some of the risks involved with using social networks to make hiring decisions. She outlines potential legal risks including niche demographic breakdown of specific social networks as well as the need for concise affirmative action reporting for government contractors. Furthermore, she says that making “hiring decisions based on protected information that a candidate provides on the internet… can get you in hot water”.
This is a topic that Newton Software, an easy-to-use applicant tracking software, has been following very closely. Newton’s own Joel Passen, interviewed Dr. Stephanie Thomas, one of the leading experts on the analysis of equal employment opportunity issues, almost a year ago for a podcast titled, “Can Social Recruiting Lead to Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Issues”.
There’s been a growing trend of workplace discrimination claims getting submitted over the past several years, and the addition of social networking as a hiring tool is bound to only increase the rate of claims. Every year, companies face many challenges in following confusing regulations that require them to provide detailed reports to various federal agencies.
These are the very factors Newton took into account when we decided to build EEOC/OFCCP compliance features into our recruiting software. We realized that companies already face a great risk in regards to complying with the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs for government contractors.) Bad or ignorant hiring practices and decisions can sink a business due to costly litigation battles over wrongful discrimination.
Newton’s EEOC /OFCCP Compliance tools make sure that all the right information gets collected, stored and tracked regardless of the source of the data. Voluntary self-identification surveys, reasons for non-selection, hire/offer logs, minimum qualification questions and flow logs (EEO1 reports) are just some of the tools that can help recruiters and human resources professionals keep track of all the mandatory information. Newton makes EEOC and OFCCP compliance a seamless part of the hiring process, so that when the time comes, a company does not need to scramble to deal with a problem.
While we haven’t yet seen a general precedent set regarding social networks and social recruiting, experts agree that it’s just a matter of time. As more companies start to use social networks as recruiting tools, there will be a social media recruiting precedent before you know it. For now, our advice is to seek guidance from counsel especially before using social media to vet applicants and to always have a consistent, compliant process in place when distributing job related information to social networks.

Citations
Levinson, Meredith. “Social Networks: A New Hotbed for Hiring Discrimination Claims.” CIO.com. April 18th, 2011. http://www.cio.com/article/679830/Social_Networks_A_New_Hotbed_for_…