Reduce Hiring Headaches With An Applicant Management System
Trying to hire multiple workers at once can be a pain in the neck and make applicant tracking a chore. I worked as a Retail Freight Manager and seemed to constantly deal with employee turnover for any number of reasons. Sometimes I had to fire people, sometimes the hours were not optimal for the employee and occasionally there was simply job abandonment. It happens. I felt like I was constantly wading through piles of applications and at times it would be miserable trying to remember which candidates I was interested in, which I had no interest in and those I placed in a “maybe” category. A job applicant management system could have made things much easier to handle and freed up a significant amount of time. I know there were times I read and re-read the same application since they were all printed and kept in a review folder. I also know there were times when I misplaced an application and had to go searching for it. This was more of a headache than anything else. When you think about security issues which I did since I was also a former Loss Prevention Manager, the loss of paper forms presented potential risks. Personal information contained in an application could be misused if obtained by a criminal. This is where an online applicant management system can prove to be a worthwhile investment.
Saving time and money by providing security solutions for retailers is the goal of Loss Prevention Systems Inc. One way to do both is to streamline hiring processes and improve the application process with electronic applications and the customization of forms and documents. Eliminating needless paper application forms and providing services allows employers to improve candidate selection processes. Managers can save time by creating criteria that can filter out those applicants that don’t meet the minimum requirements or experience levels for the position. Keeping applications in an online format also reduces the security issues involved if an application is lost or missing. An applicant management system becomes a central location for all of a business owner or manager’s hiring needs.
Do you reduce shortage and maintain a safe environment by conducting background checks? If so then you are familiar with the additional paperwork issues associated with getting them done. Candidates have to sign release forms, hand-written information can be difficult to read and then the forms have to be submitted to the company contracted to complete the pre-employment screening. More paperwork and more potential for security concerns and even hiring delays if papers are misplaced are just some of the problems that traditional hiring practices can cause. I have seen positions remain unfilled for weeks because paperwork was lost in the mail or an email was claimed to never have been received. It is not uncommon for people to have multiple applications out and they will jump at the first offer. Delays in paperwork can cause a manager to lose a good candidate. An applicant tracking system which includes automatic background checks and the associated forms can prevent such delays and make the hiring process faster. It also takes less of a manager’s time and saves money in the long run. If you aren’t familiar with the benefits of conducting pre-employment screening during the hiring process, Bill Bregar founder of Loss Prevention Systems Inc. has online training available that can teach you about the importance of checking out a job candidate before hiring them. The administrative portion of background checks is easier now that it is incorporated in an applicant management system.
Applicant tracking makes the hiring process so much faster and easier to navigate than the old method of printing out every application that comes your way. The time you save can be spent in other ways to help drive sales and reduce shortage. Add employee background checks to the process and ensure you are adding people on your team that will be trustworthy, reliable and team players. Contact LPSI today for a free demo!
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