How Much Is Your ERP Systems “Free” ATS Costing You?

There seems to be an emerging trend with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) vendors who, in an effort to woo potential clients, are offering a free Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to sweeten the deal. Unfortunately, a *sweet deal* can quickly become a *bitter pill* when you get past the marketing hype and realize that not only … Continue reading How Much Is Your ERP Systems “Free” ATS Costing You?

Poorly Designed Online Applications Could Cost You!

Can you imagine what would happen to Amazon if 30% of their customers dropped out during checkout because they became frustrated with how difficult the process was or they couldn't figure out how to complete the task?   Ama-zon would be Ama-gone!  Unfortunately, that's about the number of applicants who typically fail to complete the … Continue reading Poorly Designed Online Applications Could Cost You!

Hello Job Candidate! You’ve got mail. Now, can you understand it?

Harnessing the automated emailing functionality of your company's Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can be a powerful way to reach out to candidates and help strengthen your relationship and build trust. Unfortunately, usability is largely ignored in electronic communications because people don't think of email as having a user interface. Don't fall into this trap!! Here … Continue reading Hello Job Candidate! You’ve got mail. Now, can you understand it?

Keeping Up With the Kardashians…Is Your Applicant Tracking System Up To The Challenge?

In the last 5 years, there has been a major shift in how we communicate with one another. The rapid proliferation of smart phones and social networking sites (Facebook celebrated its 6th birthday in February by surpassing 400 million users) has created a new, more interactive world and a new more tech savvy and demanding … Continue reading Keeping Up With the Kardashians…Is Your Applicant Tracking System Up To The Challenge?

No Questions? No thanks.

According to author John Kador, who wrote 201 Best Questions To Ask On Your Interview, "There are great questions and dumb questions and, worst of all, no questions at all." I have to say I agree with John. When I interview a candidate, I'm always amazed at those who when asked if they have any … Continue reading No Questions? No thanks.

An Honest Assessment of Your Company’s Online Application: From a Usability Perspective.

In Part I of this series, we took a look at Corporate Career Sites and discussed some of the usability issues that can frustrate and confuse potential applicants. For this blog entry, Part 2, we'll go one-step further and address the online application itself. My investigation begins on CareerBuilder.com, where I search for and find … Continue reading An Honest Assessment of Your Company’s Online Application: From a Usability Perspective.

An Honest Assessment of Your Company’s Career Portal – Is it Frustrating and Confusing to Potential Applicants?

Anyone who has ever tried to search for a job online has probably experienced the "agony of defeat" more times than they've experienced the "thrill of victory". In fact, there are endless frustrations associated with the online job hunt, from finding the career portal from the corporate home page, to figuring out the job search … Continue reading An Honest Assessment of Your Company’s Career Portal – Is it Frustrating and Confusing to Potential Applicants?