10 Predictions About the Evolution of Applicant Tracking Systems

For applicant tracking systems, this is the dawning of a new era. The ATS is evolving right before our very eyes, and these are our ten predictions on the future of the applicant tracking system, the most essential of the recruiter's tools.

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10 Predictions About the Evolution of Applicant Tracking Systems
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What you will learn in this eBook

What's in store for the ATS? We can learn a lot by looking at current advances in technology and the efforts of some passionate and talented recruiters, programmers, and entrepreneurs.

ATSs Will Prioritize Data, Metrics, and Analytics
ATSs Will Start to Act More Like Social Networking Sites
ATSs Will Become More Candidate-Friendly
ATSs Will Make Resumes Obsolete

Sneak peek

ATSs Will Turn Rejected Talent Into Future Hires

Today, when a candidate doesn’t make it through the ATS’s screening process, that candidate is essentially condemned to a black hole, their resume filed away in a void into which recruiters are unlikely to ever look again.

The problem with this set up is the underlying assumption that a candidate who isn’t right at this moment won’t be right later on down the line. Many recruiters are already challenging this assumption by cultivating talent communities, which serve as pre-filled talent pipelines. By maintaining relationships with high-quality candidates in the long term, recruiters can more easily find the best talent when positions open up in the short term.

As talent communities become a more prevalent sourcing method, ATS-makers will take notice. They’ll see that recruiters want a more dynamic way to manage long-term relationships with candidates, and they’ll create ATSs through which recruiters will be able to directly manage their talent communities.


ATSs Will Help You Make the Right Hiring Decisions
ATSs Will Become More User-Friendly – for Candidates
The User-Friendly ATS
ATSs Will Make Resumes Obsolete
ATSs Will Make It Easier to Onboard Employees
ATSs Will Go Visual

About the author

Matthew Kosinski
Matthew Kosinski
Matthew Kosinski is the online editor for Recruiter.com. A graduate of Rutgers, Matthew is an experienced writer, editor, and published creative writer
10 Predictions About the Evolution of Applicant Tracking Systems