AI for Hiring
5 Proven Hacks to Find Top Talent with an AI-Powered Applicant Tracking System
June 25, 2022
Let’s time travel back to the early 2000s. What was life like for a recruiter? Well, it definitely included mountains of paper CVs and fax machines, to say the least. The sheer volume of candidates and CVs recruiters would get for a single vacancy was far less than today. And don’t get us started with advertising – that’s a completely different story. Companies would advertise their jobs in shop windows and newspapers, rather than on social media networks and today’s renowned job boards. But that was 20 years ago. Today, we have AI to thank for the revolution it created in the HR industry. In fact, recruiters wouldn’t have been able to keep pace with the changes taking place in recruitment, if it weren’t for AI-powered applicant tracking systems. Technology has advanced at an unprecedented rate. It’s 2022 and we have roles that didn’t even exist 20 years ago. We have recruitment methods that recruiters would only dream about years ago.
But most importantly, we have AI-powered applicant tracking systems to help us find top talent faster than ever before.
Let’s explore how.
Source candidates directly from thousands of job boards
When it comes to sourcing candidates in this day and age, there are so many different channels, forums, and job boards to choose from. Where do you even start?! In such a web of possibilities, leveraging an applicant tracking system would be a great start. An applicant tracking system that is powered by AI spares you the hassle of copying/pasting job ads on the same job boards over and over again. It spruces things up by allowing you to post all your jobs on hundreds – even thousands – of job boards in a single click. Let’s take our applicant tracking system, EVA-REC, as an example. The applicant tracking system effortlessly allows you to expand your reach and post your jobs on premium, niche, and renowned job boards to help you find the best candidates with ease. How does it do that? Well, recruiters can easily target job ads based on the industry, job function, region, and job title. In a few seconds, recruiters can purchase credits and advertise their jobs across a variety of 2,000+ job boards and channels. And with a more targeted approach, it becomes seamlessly easier to attract and convert candidates. This makes it much faster to optimize job listings without even leaving EVA-REC. And now, with quick access to a diversified set of job boards, it’s even easier for recruiters to identify top talent across multiple providers, with competitive pricing and pay-as-you-go flexibility. Not only that, but recruiters can even get job board recommendations that help them post their ads to the right places, and to the right candidates. This is a feature we would have only dreamed about 20 years ago!
Create a modern career page that converts top talent fast
Think of your career page as a shop window. It’s what gives spectators (candidates) a glimpse into what you have to offer. And to lure them into your shop (company) – what you offer has to be great. So maybe you’ll put up your bestselling products, a huge sales sign, or the most recent items. Well, treat your career page no different! With an AI-powered applicant tracking system, you can create a career page that puts your brand and jobs under the spotlight. Without even writing a single line of code. Where you can easily customize your page with a few drag-and-drops, the colors that represent your brand, and engaging content. But we’re not done. The applicant tracking system also allows you to add exciting perks and benefits, heartfelt testimonials, a video of your company, aesthetic pictures of your company (or pinball machine), and your job openings. This ultimately allows top talent to find you and click on “Apply” without even batting an eye. But remember, craft your page wisely. Study it like you’re studying for the SATs. Make sure what you’re reflecting is accurate and relevant to your company. At the end of the day, you don’t want to mislead great candidates, and lose them to your competitors halfway through the hiring process!
Parse and filter through a sea of resumes fast
If your inbox and desktop are always overflowing with a massive number of CVs, it might be time that you ditch the manual way of filtering through them, and leverage an AI-powered applicant tracking system instead. Why? Because it helps you parse and filter through CVs at the speed of light. Not sure what parsing really means? Basically, parsing is the process of breaking things down into smaller components and then analyzing them. So what AI essentially does in an ATS is break down CVs into smaller parts and then analyzes the information. Let’s put this into perspective. An AI-powered applicant tracking system like EVA-REC allows you to upload thousands of CVs with a simple drag-and-drop. The AI will then parse the CVs and create a profile for each candidate. And in one glance, you’ll see that your offline resume database has turned into an online and searchable one! Allowing you to filter through your database seamlessly through a variety of filtration tools or keywords.
Match candidates to the right jobs in a click
Finding top talent is just half the battle. Matching them to the perfect job is another story. With an AI-powered applicant tracking system, substantial recruiters are freed from spending long hours on complex, time-consuming tasks. Using AI for talent acquisition is kind of like using a calculator that can do the math and heavy lifting for you. Remember how the AI parses the resumes for you and helps you centralize your resume database? Well, it can actually do more than just that. With an applicant tracking system like EVA-REC, you can actually find candidates that meet your criteria. It simply allows you to allocate weights to the criteria most important to you. The criteria can be related to location, skills, experience, willingness to travel, industry – and much more. For example, let’s say you’re looking for a Business Development Representative who is willing to travel for work. You can easily adjust the weights of that criteria, and the AI instantly re-filters through your database to help you find the candidate(s) most suitable for the role. Plus, you can match candidates to your open vacancies or any other job descriptions that you have – with the click of the button! So for example, after parsing the CVs, you can proceed by matching candidates to pre-existing job posts that you have. You can even match the CVs with any specific job description that you don’t want to publish yet. Just attach the job description of your choice and match it to the best candidates in seconds. Then, a matching percentage will then appear next to each candidate’s profile. This matching percentage signifies how well the candidate’s profile matches the job requirements. Therefore, helping you spot and find top candidates at a glance.
Efficiently use AI for passive candidate sourcing
Before you start hunting down top talent, have you considered dipping into your passive talent pool? If you have an AI-powered applicant tracking system, you’ll see how easy it is to build a talent pool of passive candidates. When it comes to passive candidates, don’t underestimate the power of reaching out to them in your ATS. Reach out and see what they’re up to! They could be exactly what you’re looking for today. Once you feed the applicant tracking system with a stack of resumes, the AI will use the data and filter the resumes for you. This allows you to save time on screening candidates and jump straight into the shortlisting process. This is where some candidates might make the cut and others may not. And remember – don’t ghost the unqualified candidates. Build a passive talent pool instead. We strongly suggest you build a passive talent pipeline on your applicant tracking system. So if you find qualified candidates, don’t let them slip away – even if you’re not currently hiring for any role. Instead, build a talent pipeline that is specifically set aside for potential candidates that you can dip into when the time is right. So, provide a form on your website or career page that you can use to acquire the contact information and resumes of candidates. This way, you won’t be missing out on any great candidates the next time you decide to find great candidates for a role
A robust, AI-powered, and easy-to-use applicant tracking system can help you get much more bang from your HR-budget bucks – it can help you seamlessly find and hire the right person for every job. Hiring can be easy. Let us show you how. EVA-REC is an award-winning ATS that helps small businesses to corporate giants build skillful workforces and hire top talent at scale. It makes it far easier for hiring teams to find, attract, and recruit top talent, each and every time. With world-class integrations and AI features, EVA-REC helps companies drive merit-based, objective, and fair hiring practices that minimize bias, without dehumanizing the hiring process. Request a free demo and see how our ATS can help you save time and make recruiting painless and hassle-free.
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A wordsmith, storyteller, and content strategist – Tima is an MBA graduate with 6+ years of experience in the world of HR. With over 2,000 blogs under her belt, Tima's expertise and insights have helped businesses across the globe take their recruitment to the next level and stay ahead of the curve.
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