According to Beyond, a recent study by software consulting company, Software Advice, found that
"While the number of companies utilizing manual methods has declined since last year, 61 percent of their customers were managing their applicants with spreadsheets and email. Most of the companies surveyed were in the small business sector (76 percent). As companies grow out of traditional methods, they seek the time-saving and streamlining capabilities of an Applicant Tracking System."
The need to increase efficiency and organization was still the top reason buyers provided for purchasing a new ATS--although fewer buyers gave this as their primary reason for seeking software in 2014 (37 percent of buyers) as compared to 2013 (45 percent).
However, the percentage of buyers seeking software due to company growth almost doubled in 2014. In 2013, only 11 percent of buyers noted they were looking to purchase software because their current system was unable to support the growth of their business. In 2014, 18 percent of buyers said this was the case."
While there will always be negative aspects of implementing any new system, the advantages of an ATS far outweigh the disadvantages. Streamline hiring processes by saving time and energy with an ATS. In the end you will have more time to focus on the more personalized pieces of the recruitment process, such as interviewing and networking.
Traci Kingery, PHR is an HR Professional and freelance writer based in the Midwest, specializing in immigration and talent management. When she's not improving unemployment, she keeps busy with her husband and four children.