Why ATS Systems Are Essential For Healthcare Recruiters?
Job recruiting in the healthcare industry is a particularly tough challenge, considering the ongoing shortage of qualified applicants for highly skilled positions. An applicant tracking system (ATS) can help recruitment professionals source, screen, interview and hire the best talent by SMS communication, multi-job posting, onboarding and second-stage applications.
Investing in the right technology to help HR departments run smoothly and operate is an essential part of the healthcare recruitment sector. The healthcare sector relies on technology to create efficiencies because there’s little time to waste when caring for patients and managing the continued covid-19 crisis.
ATS helps make the hiring process more streamlined and engaging for all stakeholders by reducing the time-to-hire and cost-per-hire while matching organisations with top talent they might have missed otherwise. Some features include:
- SMS Communication – Effective communication is necessary if healthcare recruiters want to find the best candidates. As it happens 67% of job seekers say they are more likely to apply for future vacancies if the company provides consistent updates throughout the application process. Individual and personalised group SMS’s can be sent to candidates directly from the system, allowing hiring managers and teams to arrange interviews and keep candidates updated in an efficient manner. Many SMS tools allow teams to create as many email and SMS templates as they need and select or create new communication for candidates.
- Multi-Job Posting – As healthcare recruiters battle for skilled professionals and compete to reduce their time to hire, multi-job posting can help teams to upload hundreds of job vacancies quickly and easily. Within an ATS system, users will often be able to post to multiple job boards, social media & career sites in one click. Managers can add job boards they currently use, register to post on free job boards or purchase job board credits.
- Onboarding – Taking COVID-19 out of the equation the current average time-to-fill for an RN in the healthcare sector is 81 days. With this in mind, converting applicants to employees quickly is another essential part of the recruitment process. Most ATS systems offer onboarding software that can help healthcare recruiters get new starters onboard efficiently which leads to improved candidate experience and potentially increased staff retention. In fact, having an effective onboarding process can improve staff retention by 69% with new employees being more likely to stay at the company up to three years.
- Second-Stage Application – Due to the healthcare sector being heavily regulated and audited, often job vacancies have multiple application stages before hiring managers recruit the best candidates. Therefore additional and bespoke details from candidates may be required in order to complete their application process. A second-stage application area can allow teams to create bespoke, secondary application forms to include additional employment history or education information etc.
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