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Elevate your Talent Acquisition Strategy with an ATS

Companies that thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape are those with a firm eye on future workforce planning. But what’s the standout difference for those successful teams? 

We all face similar challenges in acquiring and retaining talent. Today’s fast-paced market means it’s harder than ever to source and to retain the best candidates.  Traditional approaches to recruitment are evolving into a more strategic and proactive process known as talent acquisition. But what’s the difference? And what are those standout Senior management teams and HR Directors doing to make the difference to their organisation? 

In this blog we delve into the world of talent acquisition strategy and the benefits of an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) when it comes to sourcing the best talent for your business. 

Recruitment or Talent Acquisition – what’s the difference/bridging the gap. 

Let’s start by clarifying the difference between recruitment and talent acquisition: Recruitment is typically a reactive process where HR teams focus on filling immediate job vacancies. Talent acquisition takes a proactive approach. It focuses on long-term workforce planning; building a talent pipeline and nurturing relationships with candidates to ensure a sustainable pool of qualified individuals.

How to stop reacting and start planning

The introduction of an ATS can be a game-changer for HR directors. Here’s how it can empower your team:

Streamline your workflow – We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – an ATS automates your recruitment process so, you can wave goodbye to repetitive manual data entry, reduce endless form filling, and create a cohesive collaborative working environment. 

Supercharge your analytics – Cutting edge ATS software provides a user-friendly dashboard with at-a-glance insights into your talent acquisition process. Real-time data on applicant pipelines, costs, diversity metrics all empower data-driven decision making. 

Sprinkle a little sunshine on your candidate experience – by making the application process user friendly and mobile optimised, you’re making life easier for your candidates. Simple steps like this can make your organisation instantly more attractive to them, and to other top talent.  Add to that some automated but personalised updates on their progression through the various talent acquisition stages, and even unsuccessful candidates will be left with a positive impression.  

We don’t have time for the upheaval of integrating new software…

We understand. When you’re busy recruiting at scale, implementing a talent acquisition system might feel like a lot of extra work. But integrating an ATS into your talent acquisition process needn’t cause headaches and will pay dividends as soon as it’s up and running. 

Here’s what you need to consider: 

  • A well designed ATS should be user friendly, integrate with your existing software and systems and grow with your company. 
  • Look for one that comes with comprehensive training for your HR department and a knowledgeable support team on hand to deal with any queries. 
  • Make sure it is fully customisable to your specific talent acquisition and talent management strategies. 
  • Pick one that offers easy integration with your HRIS (Human Resources Information System; and seamlessly cooperates with DBS, Right-to-work checks and psychometric testing. 
  • Speak with the customer success team, are they swift to respond to queries? Is there a support package that runs alongside the software? Are they approachable and open in their communications? 

Of course, a Reach ATS offers all this as standard, and so much more. 

Your strategic software partner

Consider an ATS as your strategic partner when it comes to Talent Acquisition and Talent Management. Here’s just a few of the benefits: 

Time and Cost Savings: by automating and streamlining your hiring process, you’re reducing not only your time-to-hire but you’re also lowering your talent acquisition costs. 

Finding the right fit: by utilising well-structured talent acquisition software, you’re taking a proactive approach to your organisation’s long-term workforce goals. This means you can spend time not just filling vacancies, but finding the right fit for your company, resulting in a happier workforce and better retention rates. 

Scalability. With a firm eye on the future, your talent management software will effortlessly adapt to your organisation’s changing needs, growing with you, accommodating talent pooling, and seamlessly integrating more complex hiring processes. 

Data-driven decision making. An ATS dashboard will give you at-a-glance analytics, empowering you to make informed decisions on your growing workforce. By optimising talent acquisition, you are improving your long-term workforce planning strategies. 

Are you ready? 

Making the jump from reactive recruitment to proactive talent acquisition and workforce planning can make a huge difference to your organisation. By choosing a Reach ATS recruitment system, you’ll be enhancing your ability to attract, engage and retain top talent. 

Ready to take your talent acquisition and talent management to the next level? Contact us to find out how Reach ATS and talent management solutions can transform your hiring process.