Jake Stupak's Blog (27)

HRIS – Picking Up where the ATS Leaves Off

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are an effective way to post positions, organize candidates and streamline the hiring process. For many HR professionals, ATSs are typically their first experience with new talent management solutions. In my experience, once the value of the ATS has been recognized, there is a spark of consideration for new features, benefits and values that opens up the potential for investing in additional talent management solutions. The question then becomes “where does the… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on November 18, 2009 at 10:51am — No Comments

The Missing Piece to ATS Prescreening Questions

It’s no surprise that the number of resumes stockpiling for HR and hiring managers has increased in the past year. Thus, it’s important now more than ever to have an applicant tracking system (ATS) that’s well optimized to organize candidates. Sure, there are basic search and filter components available; however, there’s one more key component that can really help you find the “shining star” in today’s more than likely flooded candidate pool. This is prescreening or custom… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on September 11, 2009 at 2:46pm — 1 Comment

Top Three Applicant Tracking System Directories

Anyone that has spent time researching different applicant tracking systems (ATS) has no doubt found numerous recommendations and opinions online. Many folks start their research by seeking insight from colleagues on sites such as ERE.net or RecruitingBlogs.com, while others turn to sites that offer an ATS directory.



When it comes to directories, I have a preference for… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on July 20, 2009 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

How to Approach a Partnership with an ATS Vendor

Every so often I get asked by companies or individuals what I feel is the best way to approach a partnership with an applicant tracking system (ATS) vendor. This typically revolves around the introduction of a new technical integration the company has to offer. While it is important to note every potential partnership is different, I believe there are some factors that can maximize the partnership potential. Again, these factors might differ from ATS vendor to ATS vender depending on the type… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on June 26, 2009 at 4:52pm — No Comments

Request for Applicant Tracking System Research

I found the following post on Craigslist in several locations: http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/etc/1234727293.html. It reads as follows:



“Do you use an Applicant Tracking System (Research Study)? (Greater Chicago)



I am conducting usability research for an applicant tracking system. If you work in the HR field and use one of these, I would like to invite you to take part in a 45-60 minute usability… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on June 24, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

Software Buyer Resources

I’ve covered several topics in my posts that were aimed towards helping decision makers select the right applicant tracking system. Each of these posts, with a bit of modification, could really be applied to any sort of solution. The purpose of software after all is to simplify processes, reduce costs/time, and align objectives with overall organizational goals. I have never seen a vendor that promised their solution would drain your money and cause you headaches, however, I see this all of the… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on June 19, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Help with Global Applicant Tracking Systems Stats

It has been a long time since I’ve had a new post. The truth is that I’ve been swamped. I’m experiencing a massive influx in ATS activities. One of the biggest questions I’ve been asked in the last few weeks revolves around the number of companies using applicant tracking systems. While I have a solid understanding about market segments in the US, I would like to gain further insight of applicant tracking systems used on a global scale. From this information, I would like to do some “fun stats”… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on June 15, 2009 at 9:35pm — No Comments

Applicant Tracking System Vendor List

I thought that I would keep this post nice and simple. For anybody interested in viewing my latest list of applicant tracking system vendors, it is now available at www.TheATSGuide.com. There are currently over 140 vendors listed, and it continues to grow. Please feel free to comment on any systems that I may have missed.



Best of luck!!!

Jake Stupak

www.TheATSGuy.com…

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Added by Jake Stupak on May 11, 2009 at 9:07pm — No Comments

The ATS Guy Interview with Bill Vick

Several weeks ago I was contacted by Bill Vick from XtremeRecruiting.tv to do an interview covering the latest in applicant tracking system (ATS). It was a very nice surprise and compliment, yet I did get a bit nervous. To help ease my nerves, my wife told me to just have fun like Recruiting Animal did in his interview. While I didn’t really take the Animal’s approach, I still had a great time. Bill just posted the interview today. Here is the link:… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on May 7, 2009 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Build Your Own Applicant Tracking System

There are lots of folks out there that simply like to build things themselves. This can easily be seen with home improvement and is backed up with the success of “How to” books and the DIY network. The same is true for software.



A few weeks ago, I was browsing around the internet for some applicant tracking system (ATS) information and came across a video entitled “Build Your Own n-Tier Applicant Tracking System (ATS) in 10… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on May 7, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Applicant Tracking System Guides

There are a number of different applicant tracking system (ATS) guides available to help both HR professionals and recruiters narrow down on the vast amount of solutions. These guides typically come from separate angles ranging from ATS vendors steering clients towards their solutions to 3rd party sources with a large amount of ATS experience.



While I have created, reviewed, and purchased many of these guides, I haven’t found one all-inclusive guide that covers all of the features,… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on May 5, 2009 at 6:13pm — No Comments

2009 Applicant Tracking System Vendor List

Starting over a year ago, I began keeping track of all of the different ATS systems available. Now the list has grown to almost 140 different vendors. Yikes! I thought it might be nice to make this list available to folks, so I helped a group of friends build a little site with the list. For anyone interest, I would welcome any feedback before I send it to everyone. Please feel free to contact me if you would like a sneak peek.



Best of luck!!!

Jake Stupak…

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Added by Jake Stupak on April 30, 2009 at 10:35am — No Comments

Possible New Candidate Feature for Applicant Tracking Systems

Anyone reviewing applicant tracking systems (ATS) knows there are plenty of features and functions designed to deliver the core benefits of reducing costs, increasing efficiency and placing quality candidates. The other side of the ATS that sometimes takes the backseat during considerations revolves around the benefits for the candidates. The following is a shortlist of some of these features:



ATS Candidate Features

• Searchable job listings

• Send job information to a… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on April 29, 2009 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Most Requested Reason for Applicant Tracking System Newcomers

Since the beginning of the year, I have spoke with an increasingly large number of applicant tracking system (ATS) newcomers. While one might expect the main reason for the influx to be reducing costs in general, there is a very specific goal almost all have in common. They wanted to manage the large number of candidates applying for positions. Of course this can easily be correlated with the current unemployment rate at 8.5%. One HR professional from a smaller organization said she had over… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on April 3, 2009 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Q&A

In absences of my posts on TheATSGuy.com, many of my readers have been sending me questions directly, which I’m absolutely thrilled about. I thought that it might be helpful to introduce a Q&A section to my blog where I answer all of these questions and make them available to others. I will only using the questions and not private information such as names, emails, or companies. With that being said, please feel free to send me any applicant tracking… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on March 17, 2009 at 10:22am — No Comments

Question: How Many More Resumes?

In the last several months, there have been a huge number of layoffs. Lots of very talented, experienced, and motivated folks have unfortunately been affected. Earlier this week, I read an article written by GL Hoffman on US News entitled When HR is Bad PR. The article highlights the efforts that should be made to reply to candidates. The article made think - “How many more resumes are recruiters… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on December 12, 2008 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Tip of the Week – Prove Your Performance

There is no shortage of reports available in applicant tracking systems (ATS) to help you with your everyday tasks. They allow you to quickly find candidates, set timeframes and plan for future efforts. However, the reporting capabilities are also a powerful tool to prove your performance.



For this weeks tip, try developing a report or a list of reports which highlight your performance over the past few quarters or years. Assuming you have a positive performance report, these can be… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on December 10, 2008 at 5:45pm — 1 Comment

Competition to All ATS Vendors

The number of applicant tracking system (ATS) vendors has steadily grown over the past several years and continues to grow today. In what I believe to be one of the fiercest competitive arenas in software, vendors are evolving their solutions and offerings in an attempt to standout from the rest of the pack. Company reputation, price and feature sets are the main components vendors struggle to balance in an attempt to become profitable. However, there are challenging forms of competition… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on November 19, 2008 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Applicant Tracking System Tip of the Week – Subscribe to Your RSS Feed

Almost all applicant tracking solutions (ATS) offer a candidate based career portal. This allows candidates to browse through current positions at your company. One of the best components for attracting candidates back to your career portal is with the RSS feed. It is designed to allow visitors to receive information automatically about future positions as they become available.



This week’s tip is to try subscribing to the RSS feed. By doing so you will be able to:



1.… Continue

Added by Jake Stupak on November 11, 2008 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Free Applicant Tracking System White Paper

I have recently written a white paper called “Considerations for ATS Selection” that was sponsored by JobDig Tracker. The paper covers many aspects for users that are just discovering applicant tracking systems (ATS) and what benefits can be gained by using specific features. I believe folks will find it insightful and helpful for ATS selection. I invite any questions or comments on the paper. Click below to download it for free...enjoy!…



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Added by Jake Stupak on November 7, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

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