I applaud (I’m giving them a standing ovation right now) LinkedIn and Jobvite for making the process of applying for a job, using an applicant tracking system (ATS) the easiest I’ve seen in years – maybe ever! While most employers use ATS that ask applicants to upload their resume (which includes professional and education experience) and then ask those same applicants to manually enter their professional and education experience; yes, the same information that’s in the resume that was just uploaded, LinkedIn and Jobvite had a different idea.
I’ve been on both sides of the recruitment coin. As someone who has worked in human resources for 10+ years, I’ve managed staffing and recruitment, including full life-cycle recruitment for organizations that I’ve worked for and as an HR Consultant. Thus, I have experience using an ATS for recruitment purposes. On the other side of that coin I’ve also been an applicant, applying for open positions. One of the most frustrating part about applying for jobs is going through the application process, specifically the use of the ATS. Sometimes an applicant can spend upwards of 20 – 30 minutes applying for a job because time is spent in the ATS uploading and entering the same information over and over and over again.
Imagine my surprise when all I had to do was upload my resume, enter my personal information, include my LinkedIn profile and cover letter (if I wanted to) and press “send application.” This seems so easy, but yet so many employers and the companies that develop, market and sale applicant tracking systems miss this.
Thank you, LinkedIn and Jobvite for a seamless system. And yes, I was that excited about your process, in applying for a job, I had to write about it.