If HMOs were developed to drive normally well-adjusted sick people over the edge, then I would posit that the typical ATS was designed to make a job seeker sink into deep and utter despair.

Yes, I understand why an ATS is a useful - in some cases, necessary - part of a company’s career site, particularly in these days of few jobs and many applicants.

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Comment by See_Jane_Recruit on May 8, 2009 at 11:00am
Good post! I was just talking to a candidate about this matter yesterday. The problem is that companies (even staffing companies) want candidates to put up a lot of effort upfront without ever showing sincere interest in them as a candidate. Are you really going to attract the best people that way? Probably not! You'll probably get a bunch of unemployed, low-skilled people who have nothing better to do than fill out applications all day. Sure, every now and then a quality person will go through the WHOLE process but I think by the end they feel a little resentful. God created resumes so professionals with job experience would not have to fill out endless applications!!!
Comment by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on May 8, 2009 at 11:08am
One client I worked with saw a 50-60% drop out rate when applicants reached the ATS - and still persisted in keeping the ATS 'because we spent so much money on it.' Kind of nutty.
Comment by See_Jane_Recruit on May 8, 2009 at 2:21pm
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink! :-P

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