Feature Based Applicant Tracking Buying

One of our sales representatives is from the Detroit area and he regularly compares the applicant tracking buying process to that of a car. He contends that before you go into the dealership, you need to be prepared and have an idea of what you are looking for. Sports car, mini van, or SUV. Ferrari or Ford. Leather or cloth. The options go on and on.

Case in point, according to Software Advice, 44 percent of all potential HR software buyers cited missing functionality as a reason for replacing their current system.

Top Reasons for Replacing Current Software

SA Graph - Top Reasons for Replacing Current Software

In the sales process, it is easy to miss out on the fact that there is only one set of cup holders or that heated seats are in another package. Before you sign the dotted line, prioritize the features you are looking for in an applicant tracking system and rank them against vendors.

Feature Score Comments
Social Media Tools
Mobile Capabilities
Candidate Experience
Requisition Management
Hiring Manager Workflow

 

What are you looking for in an applicant tracking system? Unsure? Download our complimentary toolkit at http://toolkit.mystaffingpro.com

Recruiting with Microsoft Dynamics GP

Are you using the Microsoft Dynamics GP Human Resources (HR), Applicants, and/or Requisitions tables?  Maximize your HR capabilities by adding recruiting to the font-end.

myStaffingPro applicant tracking system offers:

Automatic Requisition Export – Maintain accurate and current requisition information with an hourly requisition export from myStaffingPro to Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Configurable Applicant Data Transfer – Determine when and what information is transferred to Microsoft Dynamics GP with myStaffingPro’s flexible integration options.  Standard applicant export fields include but are not limited to:

  • First, Middle, and Last Name
  • Address and Phone Number
  • Apply Date and Dynamics GP Status
  • Requisition Number
  • Referral Source and Description

Microsoft Dynamics GP Import – Receive myStaffingPro data into the Human Resources (HR), Applicants, and/or Requisitions tables of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Integration Administration – View the integration’s details and track the transfer status, date, and completion time.  If desired, the automatic transfer can be suspended and scheduled for a later date.

Customization - Add custom fields to myStaffingPro, and include the fields in the Microsoft Dynamics GP data transfer.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is our number #1 integration.  To learn more, please contact us at http://dynamics.mystaffingpro.com

How to Get Applicant Tracking Before Year-End

Yikes, it’s December! How did that happen?

With year-end staring you in the face, here are 5 resources to get an applicant tracking system selected and approved before December 31st.

We are Thankful for You

This thanksgiving, we would like to thank all of our customers, partners, and friends for another great year at myStaffingPro. This year we have seen tremendous growth which has enabled us to expand our service, sales, and development teams.

From our growing family to yours, we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Without you, none of this would be possible.

Convergence Here We Come

I can’t believe that this is our 5th year at the Microsoft Convergence trade show.  Time has really flown by.  It’s crazy to think that we started out as the newbie on the block, and we are now an ISV that has a robust Microsoft Dynamics® integration for recruiting and applicant tracking.  The two-way integration is the most robust recruiting option available for Microsoft Dynamics customers.  Case in point, the myStaffingPro Microsoft Dynamics integration includes:

  • Automatic Requisition Export – Maintain accurate and current requisition information with a continuous requisition export from myStaffingPro to Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Configurable Applicant Data Transfer – Determine when and what information is transferred to Microsoft Dynamics with myStaffingPro’s flexible integration options.
  • Microsoft Dynamics Import – Receive myStaffingPro data into the Human Resources (HR), Applicants, and/or Requisitions tables of Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Integration Administration – View the integration’s details and track the transfer status, date, and completion time.  If desired, the automatic transfer can be suspended and scheduled for a later date.
  • Customization – Add custom fields to myStaffingPro, and include the fields in the Microsoft Dynamics data transfer.

Want to see it for yourself?  Visit myStaffingPro at booth #2312 in New Orleans next week, or visit http://dynamics.mystaffingpro.com/.

5 Questions for Applicant Tracking Contracts

Applicant tracking contracts can be overwhelming and down right confusing. Before you sign on the dotted line, ask these 5 questions to make sure you’re getting and paying for what you think you are.

5 Questions to Ask Before Signing an Applicant Tracking Contract

  1. What is included? Request a line-itemed contract so that you know exactly what you are getting and what you are paying for each piece. Ask for all charges related to:
    • Implementation
    • Configurations, customizations, and integrations
    • Consulting and training
    • License fees
    • Storage and maintenance
    • Misc./other
  2. Why would the pricing change?  What happens if I need another user, more storage, etc.
  3. When is payment due? Find out how often you will be making payments and for how long. Specifically, ask about:
    • Payment frequency
    • Contract length
    • Method of payment
    • Penalties for breach of contract
  4. What is the applicant tracking vendor committing to? What is the penalty if they don’t deliver on it?
  5. How can I get a discount?

Be prepared to receive quotes on all ends of the spectrum.  Ask the vendor for firm quotes with detailed descriptions of the product and services offered.  For pricing on the myStaffingPro applicant tracking system, please request a quote.

Happy Thanksgiving

From our family to yours, we wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.  In this spirit we say, simply but sincerely, Thank you and Best Wishes this Thanksgiving Season!

5 Tips to Avoid Smoke and Mirrors

5 Tips to Avoid Buying Applicant Tracking Software that is all “Smoke and Mirrors”:

1) Check the vendor’s career section to see if they use their own applicant tracking software.  I was amazed at how many ATS had email addresses for resume submittal.

2) If they tout social media in recruiting, do they even have a presence on those sites?

3) Check their customers’ website to see if their career section is still powered by the ATS.  The big fancy fortune 100 company they advertise as a customer may not be using the applicant tracking software that you are considering; instead, they might be a performance management customer.  Or, they may have left the vendor completely for greener pastures.

4) Don’t buy it before you try it.

5) Look at the contract with a fine toothed comb.  Dig into it to make sure that it lists exactly what the system does; including a definition of the configuration that you purchased.

Implementation Frustrations

I can now fully understand your implementation frustrations. As the Director of Marketing, I’m trying to implement software to assist with our website.   Given my experience, I thought that I could handle implementing this software no problem.  (I mean, we implement hundreds of myStaffingPro applicant tracking clients a year, and they get along just fine.  In addition, I tackled our CRM.  How different can it be?)  However, one pitiful implementation later, and I’m PRAISING our client services team for their hands on approach with our clients.  Below, I’ve outlined what we offer our customers at myStaffingPro versus my experience with this new marketing website software.

myStaffingPro

Marketing Website Software

(My Experience)

Introduction Joint call with the salesperson, dedicated client services manager, and the administrative user(s)
Login to a “resource” platform with a long checklist of items that I need to complete on my own before they “check in” on me in a month.
Implementation 4+ hours INDIVIDUAL administrative training with step-by-step assistance on configuring the applicant tracking system. (There is still some homework, but at least you know what you’re doing before it is assigned) Self-guided with assistance from the help database.
Training 2+ hours of user training where you can invite as many individuals as you’d like to attend the training session for YOUR COMPANY on YOUR configuration. Weekly group training sessions are provided when it is convenient to them. Because it is a group setting, they do not accept questions, and it is not specific to your process.  Also, it is presented in PowerPoint.
Point of
Contact
1 salesperson, 1 client services manager.
Multiple contacts at various email addresses. Whom am I supposed to reach out to??? Who is this new person you just threw into the mix? What is happening!!!
Live chat Live chat is available Monday through Friday by our tier 1 support team. If you have a quick question, they have a quick answer. None
Toll Free Assistance Quick question? No problem. Contact our tier 1 support team using our 800 number to get a quick answer. None
Templates and best practices guides
Get started on the right foot with templates, guides, and preloaded data. Utilize our knowledge base to configure the system and maximize its potential.
The system is completely blank. Using the help database as a guide, I can haphazardly add, delete, and start over to my heart’s content. After the 3rd time, I’m not amused. When the system is slow and doesn’t reflect my changes, I’m even less so.

My advice would be to go with the software that offers support. Sometimes a helping hand is exactly what you need, and when it is not available, disaster strikes.

myStaffingPro was rated the #1 Talent Management Software for Quality of Service by HRO Today. For more information on myStaffingPro applicant tracking system, please visit http://mystaffingpro.com.