The Talent Scout Episode 26: An affordable ATS for small to mid-size organisations
4 minutes | Posted 28 August, 2020

This post is written by our Senior Recruitment Marketing Leader, Shane Keane.
Today, we’re going to talk about applicant tracking systems in a little more detail as well as a new product we’ve launched at Scout Talent that will transform your recruitment.

Why use an Applicant Tracking System?

We’ve talked about the importance of an applicant tracking system in a successful recruitment campaign at length before. Pre pandemic and pre-economic recession, an applicant tracking system mattered, but now it is a fundamental piece of any recruitment process that’s going to navigate these stormy times we find ourselves in.
The reason it’s so important at this moment in time is because of the high unemployment rate that exists pretty much globally. That high unemployment rate is causing a spike in the number of applicants that each role gets and creating a lot of noise for recruiters to sift through. If you’re a bit of a novice to the recruitment game you might think this to be a good thing, more applicants means more success right?
Well, no, not really. An increase in applications does not equal an increase in good candidates meaning that you may have a lot of, for want of a better word, spam to sift through and that’s time-consuming. If you’re trying to sift through all of this spam with an excel sheet then I can imagine at best you’re struggling and at worst you’ve thrown your laptop or computer out of the window.
Drowning in resumes sounds like a harrowing way to go. Of course, this is where an applicant tracking system comes in to play. At its base level, an applicant tracking system is a semi-automated online place to store any applications you get for an open role. Any good applicant tracking system will also come equipped with tools to automatically segment candidates and help you find that golden needle in the haystack a bit quicker.

An affordable ATS for small to mid-size organisations

At Scout Talent, we specialise in offering recruitment solutions to our clients and one of those solutions comes in the form of, you guessed it, an applicant tracking system. Scout Talent :Recruit Essentials is our new Applicant Tracking System service that we’ve just launched to meet the needs of small and mid-sized organisations who need help with their recruitment at a cost-effective price point. Of course, if you’re a bigger organisation we do have scalable offerings for you too, so worry not.
Our Scout :Recuit Essentials software gives you access to our Applicant Tracking System software where you can truly revolutionise your recruitment process for both your candidates and your recruiters and/or hiring managers. For teams with limited HR resources Scout :Recruit Essentials is a great way to save time and effort gathering and screening applications while shining a spotlight on your top candidates.
Some of the useful tools of Scout :Recruit Essentials which will help you navigate this strange time for recruitment are:

  • Branded recruitment pages ensuring that your job descriptions look like an extension of your website.
  • Screening questions on each of your jobs that can be automated to allow you to quickly identify your top talent.
  • Source reports allowing you to see where your top talent is coming from so that you can improve your candidate attraction strategies going forward.
  • An iframe for your website allowing you to build a careers page with up to 3 jobs at a time plus an expression of interest page which is important for talent pooling.
  • Automated responses built into the system with your branding so that candidates can know what to expect from you and feel engaged by your organisation.

It’s an incredible tool that was built by recruiters for recruiters and it’s a real game-changer for both hiring managers and candidates when compared to other applicant tracking systems on the market.

How much does it cost?

I know that generally investing resources in recruitment software can be out of reach for many small businesses but with Scout :Recruit Essentials you can have a fully implemented system and achieve an incredible return on investment with a low investment subscription model starting at as little as $150 CAD per month.
As part of our launch of Scout :Recruit Essentials we’re really excited to offer new customers a recruitment service credit to the value of $1,800. I’ll go into the details of what that credit could be put towards in a moment but in essence, if you like some of what I’ve said in this podcast series so far and think I could help you overcome a recruitment obstacle that you’re facing then this credit could be put towards that service.
Of course, I’m not the only specialist in Scout Talent and that $1800 of recruitment credit could be put towards a range of different services that we offer including:

  • Copywriting and candidate attraction support from our recruitment advertising specialists.
  • Job postings and placement on effective job boards for your role saving you both time and money.
  • Rating and Ranking carried out by our shortlisting and selection specialists who will use your selection criteria to rate and rank your first 25 candidates within your applicant tracking system helping you get to the best candidates before they’re gone.

If you’re interested in learning more or even just mildly curious, please click here to learn more and to set up a demo and see how Scout :Recruit Essentials can positively impact your business.

Final thoughts

You’ve heard it said a thousand times before but here it is again; these are unprecedented times. Sometimes unprecedented times require us to change and adapt in order to navigate them.
If recruitment currently feels like banging your head against a wall then it’s time to change something.
With a low monthly cost and complimentary $1800 recruitment credit, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than Scout Talent :Recruit Essentials.
Recruitment doesn’t have to be a nightmare, reach out and let’s overcome those recruitment challenges together
If you are currently struggling with any aspect of what we discussed in this article, please reach out to us at or call us on 1300 366 573.
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