Published on June 11th, 2021 | by Sunit Nandi0
Digital solutions to make hiring easier in 2021
Any company’s success starts with having the right team of people. That’s why it’s crucial to build an effective hiring process, no matter what type or size of business. You want to find the right talent, get them onboard effectively, and hopefully retain staff for as long as possible.
Easier said than done. But thankfully, in 2021, we have a lot of powerful platforms we can leverage to make the hiring process streamlined and efficient. In this article, we’ll go over three of the most helpful tools you can implement to find candidates easier and onboard them with less time and effort.
Applicant Tracking Systems
The first platform we’ll talk about is an Applicant Tracking System or ATS for short. This tool is the core of your hiring process, helpful for finding candidates most effectively. Mainly, they automate and simplify many of the time-consuming tasks involved in hiring a new person.
The specific features vary between brands, but most ATS’s will help you:
- Post and manage your job ad across multiple websites, such as Indeed and Seek.
- Receive all the applications and keep them in a single, intuitive dashboard.
- Organize, filter, and score applicants based on parameters you’ve set.
- Handle interview scheduling and confirmations to cut down on no-shows.
- Integrate with onboarding software to avoid double-handling of vital information.
What this means is that you’ll have a single, web-based dashboard to handle every part of your hiring process from anywhere with an internet connection. Are you used to logging into multiple job boards to check for applications? Or managing stacks of paper resumes and cover letters? With an ATS, you can leave all of that behind.
The more powerful ATS offerings include video cover letters, giving you all the information you need while also letting you catch a glimpse of the applicant’s personality and communication skills.
So, you’ve found the ideal new member of your team, hopefully with the help of an ATS. The next step is the process of bringing them on board in the most efficient way. Having a streamlined onboarding process helps new staff members feel welcomed. They’ll get a positive first impression and are more likely to stick around. It also allows you to stay organized, so it’s a win-win.
Onboarding software, often built into your ATS, offers a simple platform to send and receive all the documents and training material your new staff member needs to get started. With all of this done digitally, it’s easy to keep track of who’s received what documents and who you need to follow up with. That means less stress for you, making sure you stay compliant with every new hire. It’s also easy to go back and find dates or other necessary information later on, with everything being online.
Plus, an onboarding platform is an excellent way to get your new team members up and running faster since they can quickly get access to all the training material. And who doesn’t want a team member that can dive straight into being productive with their tasks?
Automated Text Message Platforms
Even though text messages have a much higher open rate than emails, it’s still an underutilized tool in the hiring process. Platforms like HigherMe integrate this feature into their applicant tracking system, scheduling candidates for interviews and getting confirmation that they’re turning up. Automated text messages cut down on interview no-shows, saving you plenty of time and frustration.
On top of that, candidates have the option to submit their applications via text message. A series of questions prompt them for the information you need. From there, the application then goes directly into the ATS so you have them all in one place. Using text messaging in the hiring process simplifies things for you and your candidates as well.
In many cases, these three hiring solutions (ATS, Onboarding software, and text message platforms) come as a single bundle so you can implement them at once. That means you can vastly improve every part of your hiring process with just a single platform.