The U.S. employment situation is improving. According to December data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation’s economy added 321,000 jobs in November in a range of industries from professional and business services to healthcare and manufacturing. It was the strongest job growth seen in three years, and as hiring continues to pick up, we can assume the need for employment screening services will as well.
Most companies run employee background checks on candidates prior to making job offers, though the process has historically required a significant labor investment. Fortunately, applicant tracking systems—or ATS software services—are now making it easier for employers to manage pre-employment screening in addition to other aspects of the hiring process. Consider these three benefits offered by the latest applicant tracking technology:
- An ATS makes it easier to find the right candidates. Manually reviewing the hundreds to thousands of resumes that may result from a single job posting can take weeks. However, you can program an applicant tracking system to automatically screen submitted resumes for essential keywords—related to previous work experience, education and skills—and rank candidates according to their suitability for the position.
- An ATS reduces administrative costs. Advertising jobs, screening applicants, interviewing candidates and hiring new employees is a full time job. If your company is large enough, the hiring process might even require a team of expensive professionals to manage it. However, an ATS will allow you to reduce the size of your human resources team. It can simplify every step of hiring—from resume review to the employee background check—freeing your HR staff to handle other administrative tasks.
- An ATS improves your chances of beating the competition. Whatever your industry may be, the best professionals within it are rarely unemployed for long. This means you need to move quickly if you want to hire them—and thanks to its many timesaving features, an ATS allows you to do so. When you choose an applicant tracking system that seamlessly integrates with every vendor you use—from online job boards to employment screening services—you reduce the time to hire and can snag the best candidates before your competitors do.
Whether you’ve been using an applicant tracking system for years or are only recently considering the investment, Advanced Research Systems can help. ARS’s employment screening services—from drug testing and criminal records searches to credential confirmation and driving records searches—are designed to integrate seamlessly with popular ATS systems including iCIMS, myStaffingPro and Taleo. Contact us today to learn more about automating your employee background check ordering process.