Hi All!  I have been tasked with redesigning the layout and content of my organizations ATS (Taleo) to make sure it is being used to its fullest potential.  I am really focusing in on the candidate information, and trying to create searchable information which would allow us to search our own database to find those great candidates who may have not been a perfect fit for a certain role in the past.  Currently we store basic contact info, resume, and cover letter, but that is really all we currently track.  In some research and a lot of thinking/bouncing ideas off others, I feel that the best step to take is to create some rating fields such as:

-Overall: 1-5 stars

-Presentation: 1-5 stars

-Management/Leadership: 1-5 stars

Also, I was thinking about adding a tagging system, so we could apply tags to certain candidates, like business development, fundraising, board development.  I am hoping that this would help the candidates be more searchable.  

So the question for all of you lovely RB members, how do you utilize your ATS so you can effectively search your own databases for rockstar candidates?

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Thaks for the post and question Michael.  When I rank candidates I have a ranking that determines how placeable they are:  realistic in expectations, qualified, motivated, actively interviewing, and references all round out the top tier.  Then I have candidates that meet that criteria but need the right opp, and then the ones that will be contacts only.  I do have a group that I know are hard to move/passive that I stay in contact with also...


Because I work with physicians I also categorize them by specialty, and state they want to be in....doctors relocating is a big part of our work. 

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