What is Applicant Tracking Software (ATS)?

Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) is a term used to describe an online recruitment software solution such as RecruitmentWorx. This article describes what good applicant tracking systems should allow you to do.

What are Applicant Tracking Systems?

Put simply, applicant tracking systems (ATS) are software solutions that will provide a recruitment agency with the ability to handle their recruitment needs electronically by providing a database of candidates and vacancy information.

What is the difference between ATS & CRM software?

Applicant tracking systems are in fact very similar to CRM solutions and they often share certain features and functionality.

However, an ATS solution will normally include additional features which are specific to the recruitment process and so it is important to make potential users aware of this distinction.

What is the main purpose of ATS?

The main purpose of applicant tracking systems is to allow a company to centralise their recruitment database.

Data can include anything from information on clients and candidates to vacancies and placements.

What should a good Applicant Tracking System allow you to do?

At the very least, a good applicant tracking solution should allow you to perform the following tasks:

Store detailed information on existing and potential candidates

Allow you to upload files, documents and candidate CVs

Allow you to quickly identify and search for candidates that match the requirements of a vacancy

Allow you to parse candidate CVs for specific keywords or phrases and extract skills and experience

Schedule and track candidate interviews, offers and placements

Publish vacancies straight to your existing recruitment website and allow candidates to quickly and easily apply online

Web Based Applicant Tracking Software vs Desktop


With the growing popularity of cloud based SaaS (Software as a Service) offerings on the market, you will need to decide if you would prefer web-based ATS or a more traditional desktop-based application. There are pros and cons associated with both types of model, but overall, the benefits offered by a web-based software solution will outweigh anything that can be offered by a traditional desktop application.

If you want your ATS to be available on demand without having to install any software or worry about applying any upgrades; you should choose a web-based solution such as RecruitmentWorx. If however, you prefer desktop applications and don't mind having to maintain the software yourself, perform upgrades, and prefer carrying a laptop or computer around wherever you go; opt for a traditional desktop-based product.

Either way, we do think that you should give our cloud based applicant tracking software a try for yourself.

We hope you found this article of interest. If you have any questions about our services or wish to discuss specific requirements, then please feel free to contact us and we will do our very best to help.

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