Tag Archives: Applicant tracking

The Best Ways to Collect Resumes

Resumes are screened, filtered, ranked, shared and stored as a vital part of the hiring process. There are several ways an applicant can submit their information and some of these methods provide useful benefits to you as the employer. We’ve compared various methods of resume intake to show which should be left in the past, and which make the screening and hiring process easier. Continue reading The Best Ways to Collect Resumes

Regret Email Options in your ATS

One feature to boost your employer brand

One simple applicant tracking software feature plays a big role in how you are perceived as an employer: the regret letter. Receiving timely feedback and information from an employer, whether good or bad, is always better than silence. Studies have shown that a job seekers single biggest frustration is a lack of feedback from employers.

There are a few options an ATS can offer which make communicating with candidates simple and painless. Different hiring patterns make certain options better suited to your company. Continue reading Regret Email Options in your ATS

5 HR Data Security Checks for Canadian Businesses

If you use a software system to manage and store candidate and employee information, you have an obligation to own this data and keep it secure. With so many services crossing the Canadian and US borders, privacy of data can be easily compromised. Here are five major security checks you should ask to ensure who owns and who has access to your information.

Who is your software provider?

There are a plethora of HR software providers in the US, with more and more startups leading the way in innovation and new technology. Some of the most popular and highest rated companies are based in the US, making purchasing from these suppliers seem like a no-brainer. Most of these software systems are cloud-based, meaning they aren’t hosted on your own company’s servers. Cloud software is useful in that it allows access from anywhere with an internet connection, and is maintained by the vendor, not your IT staff. On the other hand, this type of service raises our second question:

Where is the data centre located?

buyers guide_server-globeSince the software is hosting, updating and maintaining their system, they typically need to store their application and client database in a data centre. With the massive US tech industry, the majority of data centres are based in the States. Even Canadian or European providers may host some of their servers in the US.

Who owns the data centre?

Knowing who owns the data centre is equally as important as where it’s located. If a data centre is owned by a US-based company, it is subject to the Patriot Act and PRISM program. This means that the US government and the NSA have the right to access the data.

How are backups handled?

Backups should be made regularly, at least once a day. Incremental (backing up changes since the previous backup) or full (entire system backup) are two different methods of saving data, and are both acceptable. Backups should be stored in a different location than the primary data centre used for the software. This is to ensure that if there is a failure at the data centre, the backups remain unaffected. Check that your data backups are stored on a secure Canadian server in a different geographical location from the data centre.

What does your contract say?

buyers guide_checklistA final critical check is to read the provider’s agreement to see who owns the data. While you may be given private access to your database for the duration of the contract, some software providers may keep the data once that contact is up. To maintain access to your data or to transfer it to another provider, make sure that the contract states you own your data and it will be provided to you at the end of the agreement. There is typically a small fee for the time and effort of providing data, which you may wish to be familiar with ahead of time.

Read more about security and other considerations in our Canadian HR software buyer’s guide.

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One Step to Improve Your Careers Page

As an employer, you want your careers page to create a great candidate experience. This helps to raise a company’s brand awareness and improves public perception. What’s more, almost all candidates would refer others to an organization if they had a positive experience.
A good careers area should be inviting and easy to use, which sounds simple enough. However, when using an ATS, there is one careers page solution which immediately challenges the usability and functionality of your website:  an iframe.
Despite how common it is to find frame-in-frame solutions for any type of website, an iframe is absolutely the worst way to build a careers page.
Some of the issues caused by hosting your ATS in an iframe include:
  • Lack of security
  • Tricky navigation
  • Non-responsive design
  • Bad for SEO
  • No ability to save & share jobs

For a full explanation, check out our white paper, where we cover the negative aspects, and some methods to avoid the issues.

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StartDate ATS Updates 2016

It’s been a busy year so far for the HireGround dev team. We’ve pushed out several exciting changes and feature improvements to the StartDate ATS.

The most noteworthy updates include:

joblist-2016The careers page which shows an employer’s job listings has been given a makeover. It now features a streamlined list of job titles with a brief description. We’ve removed the often lengthy job summary, which  makes the jobs easier to browse. The location, category and industry options remain at the left hand side for easy filtering. Continue reading StartDate ATS Updates 2016