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Applicant Tracking Systems Aid the IT Hiring Process May 21, 2013

Posted by Darwin in Uncategorized.
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All the metrics point to the majority of IT hiring for the rest of this year to be in cloud computing and big data. Gone are the days when an IT hiring manager could peruse a few résumés, interview a few candidates for an hour or so and make an informed decision about the best candidate for the job in the IT department. The numbers show that there are approximately 600,000 unfilled IT jobs out there. So where do these unfilled IT jobs lay, what skillsets do they encompass?

Industry analysis site icrunchdata has published estimates that there are 598, 510 IT jobs in the “big data” niche advertised on a number of job posting sites. Of these, 220, 767 dealt with big data analytics. There are also 127, 329 jobs available dealing directly with data, with the emphasis being on dealing with the volume and variety of data that is being collected.

Another job category dealing with large sets of data, data scientist and similar titles, is showing approximately 82, 444 big data jobs, and software development jobs number more than 78,000. Additionally, jobs dealing with statistics and business intelligence number 60, 430 and 28, 900 respectively.

Icrunchdata spokesman Todd Nevins says that they have seen no slowing down in companies recruiting and hiring IT talent that is skilled in a variety of aspects of big data management. According to Nevins, as long as companies and enterprise are seeing a significant return on the investment of recruiting and hiring the proper talent, this wave will continue. In a related news story, last month, icrunchdata showed estimates that big data hiring had increased 63 percent since the middle of 2012.

If you’re recruiting or going to be recruiting IT talent in the realm of large data sets, applicant tracking software will allow you to keep track of all of the skills and qualities of every applicant and make that information searchable, making the hiring decision much easier.

Applicant tracking software (ATS) allows you to set up the database with the headings that best suit your needs, so you can classify applicants by the different big data skillsets that you’re looking for. With an ATS package running and optimally utilized, culling through the vast number of applicants that good jobs will attract takes a few minutes to input the relevant data and the search the database. No more pawing through filing cabinets and reading hurriedly scribbled interview notes.

Applicant Tracking Systems make wading through the sheer volume of information that today’s IT hiring process generate much easier. Applicant information can be easily input, updated, and reviewed as needed. An ATS will also allow you to store the pertinent information of qualified applicants much longer and much easier than the old paper-based systems.

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