The reason employers love online job portals
Online applications can take hours of candidates' time when applying for a job. While some firms are moving away from these online systems, many companies move towards them.
A recent survey states that 73% of businesses of all sizes use talent acquisition software to source, track, analyse, and onboard new recruits. 99% of the US Fortune 500 companies use applicant tracking system (ATS) providers, allowing them to customise questions and set filters, and automate the bulk of the filtering labour.
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What serves the employer well may not work for the prospective employee.
From a hiring manager's perspective, applicant tracking systems are beneficial, especially with a higher volume of applicants for every open role.
ATS systems can collate the data from every applicant's resume and display it in a searchable spreadsheet. More advanced software can separate candidates without human oversight and present a sifted pool of priority applicants.
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