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Work with a Top Applicant Tracking Systems March 23, 2012

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If a review of your human resource management tasks and results indicate that your business could benefit from increased efficiency and more organization, it may be time to put one of the top applicant tracking systems to work for you. These types of solution oriented business technologies have a lot to offer when it comes to organizing and managing information and increasing the efficiency of human resource management operations, especially when it comes to the myriad of processes involved in meeting staffing needs by locating and hiring the best possible applicants for the positions that need filling in a business.

Staffing is different these days, because businesses operate in such different ways, thanks to the wealth of technological advancements in communication and information management. Even the smallest of businesses has the opportunity to be a global player, with both its labor force and its customers scattered throughout the world. The top applicant tracking systems are designed to be able to operate in this brave new business world, facilitating such business practices as the outsourcing of labor on a global level and the functioning or the virtual office or business, one that isn’t housed in the traditional sort of brick and mortar defined location.

Being able to access information about potential job applicants across a wide geographical expanse is an important element of being able to select the best and brightest for your organization. The data management offered by such business oriented technologies increases efficiency in seeking the best applicants for the job, as your time is never spent looking over the information of unsuitable applicants, because those are filtered out before you ever see them. A quality applicant system can help to make interviewing processes much easier, as well as ensure that the interviewing techniques remain compliant with existing employment law on local, state, and federal levels.

Human error and its associated costs are reduced when using a quality applicant tracking system. There is no need to invest a whole lot of time in closely tracking the progress of change in employment law, because the leading applicant tracking systems handle that for you, one of the many quality features you have access to when you use the best. Making sure that your labor force is as diverse as it needs to be to be considered in compliance with labor law no longer has to eat up human resource management labor hours. The risk of mistakes that could cost your business in terms of money and reputation is decreased.

Enhancing your human resource management functions and efficiency can be as easy as putting one of the leading applicant tracking systems to work for you in your business organization. Information is power and effectively managing that information to your best advantage, especially when it comes to staffing issues, can do a lot to increase your company’s chances for success, right now and over the long term. Your labor force is what produces your product or service, making the quality of that labor force an essential element to your bottom line, so make sure you can get the best with a quality applicant tracking system.


Does Investing in Applicant Tracking Guarantee Hiring Success? February 24, 2012

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In considering whether or not investing in the leading applicant tracking system guarantees success, it is important to define what success means to you. If you are asking this question of yourself while deciding if these types of software and systems are worth your investment in terms of your overall business success, it may be best to break that question down into parts. After all, the quality of your employees, while certainly being a huge part of your business success, isn’t the only part of your success. Your good business sense is the foundation that everything else rests upon.

Reframing the question may be more useful to your decision making process. Can using a high quality applicant tracking system or recruitment software guarantee success in finding the most suitable applicants for the positions in your business that are key to its overall competitiveness and success? When you invest in this type of software or system, you gain a system of applicant information management that would be impossible to replicate in a human resource management department via hands-on labor hours at any cost.

The reach of a quality applicant system goes far beyond the region your business operates in, allowing you to scour the nation, even the globe, for applicants with the specific skill sets you need to bring your business to the next level of success. This type of information management helps to ensure that you are looking in all the right places for your recruits eliminates the waste of time in sifting through applicants that do not meet your specific requirements, helping you target the best suited applicants quickly and efficiently.

Labor hours matter in the overall cost of doing business. If your definition of success includes getting more done at a reduced cost, then the leading applicant tracking system may be just the right move for you. There’s a lot involved in successful applicant tracking, from first contact, to the interview process, to the actual hiring to maintaining employment law compliance. That is an awful lot of information to be dealt with, requiring a great deal of labor hours to do well, if placing those responsibilities and tasks in the hands of a human resource team is the way you choose to go. Technology can slash those hours and greatly reduce the costs involved with finding the right people for your organization.

Putting a high quality job applicant tracking system to work for you can virtually guarantee your success in quickly and efficiently finding the best solutions to your staffing challenges. Using your good business sense to make the right choices when it comes to selecting the means, methods, and tools to increase your success in attracting the type of applicants you need to achieve your business goals will enhance the potentials of you achieving the success you desire. In the end, it is your choices that matter the most. Choosing applicant software to help you obtain your goals can be one of the most important step you make for the overall well-being of your business.

Convenience and Accessibility over High-Tech Features August 24, 2009

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1148064_metal_nutsWired Magazine recently published an article that describes the current ‘low-tech’ revolution that is reshaping the technology sector. The article highlights several recent examples of how the ‘quality’ of technology is being redefined to favor accessibility over high-tech features.

Wired describes the MP3 as the classic example: the music format first broke ground as an accessible and portable file that users could share and publish online. Music aficionados and record companies denounced the MP3, saying that it provided inferior sound quality to the CD. What the music industry didn’t understand was that ‘quality’ was in the eye of the beholder; internet users around the world used MP3s because of their accessibility, which was more important to them than an apparent decrease in sound fidelity. Today, the MP3 has surpassed the CD because of its convenience.

The Wired Magazine article goes on to point out several other products and sectors that are riding the ‘low tech’ wave, from point-and-shoot Flip Video Cameras to the easily accessible Google Documents. Each of these products could be considered inferior to their competitors in a side-by-side feature comparison, however, they have proven successful due to their lack of bells and whistles. I’d like to take this opportunity to share several other unmentioned products and industries that are benefiting from convenience over features.  Feel free to add to the list if you think of anything else.

1. Documentary Film

The documentary is the polar opposite of the special effects-laden blockbuster movies that we became accustomed to in the 90s.   In the place of A-listers and huge explosions, documentary film utilizes real people and relatively simple editing to tell a convincing story. In the recent decade, documentary has proved not only to be a durable art form but also a cost-effective box office draw.

Films like ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ grossed huge numbers and cost a fraction of what a typical blockbuster takes to produce. Documentary film is on the rise and represents a low-tech and efficient way to connect the audience with relevant stories. Off-shoots of documentary, like reality TV, have also proven to be incredibly successful despite the cliche formatting and relatively low production value.

2. ‘Back to the Basics’ Sports Philosophy

In the past decade we’ve seen championship teams arise not based on their huge star power but on teamwork and a philosophy in succeeding at ‘the basics.’ Whether it be getting that extra base on a sac-fly or finding four different receivers with an array of screen passes; the little things are what have been winning games.

The New York Yankees, with an all-star-studded lineup and astronomical pay grade, have failed in many respects to live up to their ten year potential due to a lack of concentration on the details.   The Yankees are akin to a high-def. video camera that touts numerous features, but lacks the basics to make it convenient and usable.

3. Applicant Tracking

In the world of corporate recruiting, there is a complex maze of collaboration and applicant tracking steps that proceed a hire. Many software solutions for this in-depth process offer a wealth of features to improve a company’s ability to track potential job applicants. These many bells and whistles often only slow the process though.

Some software developers took a different route and decided to cut out the extra features and instead concentrate on accessibility and collaboration: the basics for a more efficient applicant tracking solution. These simple but convenient solutions are quickly making headway due to their ‘get-to-the-point’ nature and ‘anytime, anywhere’ online accessibility.

4. Twitter

In a world where we have social networks for every possible niche, many laden with high tech features to ‘increase social communication,’ Twitter has proven again that simplicity is king.  Essentially, you can follow, be followed and tweet. Twitter is successful because it has latched onto our basic need to ‘publicize’ even the most menial events of our lives.

The Future of Collaboration July 28, 2009

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collaborationCollaboration:  it’s a term that suddenly became trendy with the rise of new cutting-edge web 2.0 software solutions.  Enterprise collaboration is a type of back-and-forth communication to promote innovation or take a product to the next level.  Collaboration is the glue that holds many businesses together, allowing owners, managers, employees, clients and customers to see eye-to-eye.

Back in the day, collaboration involved calling someone up and speaking on the phone, but nowadays it usually only takes a few mouse clicks to get a point across.  New web applications that span various industries are taking collaboration to a new level, setting a new bar in ease-of-use and efficiency.  The future of enterprise collaboration is also promising, with the potential to streamline and personalize data transfer.

I’d like to take this opportunity to take a look at the present and future of cutting-edge collaboration technology. Where does enterprise collaborative technology stand today? And what sort of advancements can we expect at the turn of the 22nd century?

Today, much of the front line collaborative technology is built on the trail that social networking cleared. Although social networking specifically refers to online communities like MySpace and Facebook, it also can be used as a broad term for any sort of ‘social’ collaboration.  In the past, technology most often trickled down from high-tech business and government projects to mass consumer products (like the conception of the Internet itself). Social networking curiously took the opposite route, starting as a consumer tool for teens and geeks and slowly re-inventing itself as business communication technology.

Not only do businesses around the world utilize their own proprietary collaborative networks, they also are starting to adopt consumer Web 2.0 tools. Google Documents is a great example of this.   It began as Google’s anti-Microsoft word document processing application, but has since evolved into a collaborative tool that businesses and consumers use to share data.

From the Google Docs site: “Google Apps lets us centralize and consolidate information, simplifying our company’s internal communication process and giving us better control over our business.” Alejandra Cifuentes – IT Manager for Takami, Restaurant and Food Services

Various other collaborative software tools allow businesses in every niche industry to efficiently share information across their network of employees.  Newton Software is another great example of an innovator.  As a developer of applicant tracking and recruiting software solutions, one of Newton’s primary goals is to simplify the line of communication between recruiters and hiring managers.  By making this collaborative process more efficient, the whole hiring process benefits.

So what does the future of collaboration hold? The Internet is such a powerful communication tool that it’s hard to imagine any sort of collaboration existing outside of our current ‘www infrastructure.’   Think ahead to when the ‘www’ may no longer be relevant. Perhaps instead of domains and urls, we instead will be accessing information via thought command.  Imagine accessing sites and information just as you currently access your memories.

Speaking of memories, want to play back that first kiss and share it with your closest friends?  Simply access it via your embedded neural chip and send it up  into the cloud, where your buddies can access it and relive the memory along with you.  On the business side of things, meetings can once again get up-close and personal.   Meet, greet and collaborate wherever and whenever you want.  Your client likes the beach?  Set up your meeting on two solitary hammocks in Fiji.   Or maybe have the meeting round-table style in the great hall of a European castle.

Although the future of collaboration might sound a bit intimidating to you and I, it will certainly be commonplace for the coming generations.