How to Choose the Right Applicant Tracking System For Your Healthcare Staffing Agency

November 1, 2023

For today's healthcare staffing agency, choosing the right Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can be a daunting task. Gone are the days of spreadsheets and whiteboards to track your candidates through the recruitment funnel. Technology has changed the staffing industry through automation, an enhanced focus on ease of use, and the ability for candidates to self-serve—among many other things.

With so many technology solutions available on the market, and a dynamic, evolving recruiting landscape, it can be difficult to know which system will meet all of your needs now and in the future. It's important to regularly evaluate your current ATS and ensure it not only aids you in staying up to speed, but also empowers you to stay ahead of your competition.

Most competitive ATS solutions on the market today have several features in common, such as: user-friendly job postings with pay rates, real-time notifications, a comprehensive applicant database, robust credentialing modules, and analytics and reporting tools. A handful, including Insight ATS+, integrate with high-powered partners, including third-party job boards (like Vivian and Travel Nurse Source), resume builders, recruitment automation software (like Sense, TextUs and more) and background check systems. Ultimately, the right system can help you make better decisions faster while finding the right fit for your organization.

As you explore the landscape of next-generation ATS solutions, consider what your healthcare staffing agency needs most. Is it automation? Perhaps it is. Maybe you need an ATS that requires very little onboarding training, because let's face it, your business might not have a month to spend getting recruiters up to speed on a new system. For most small-to-mid-size staffing agencies that we talk to, one common theme we hear is that they need recruitment working through their new system fast, and quick, reliable customer service.

Before choosing a new ATS, discuss current needs with your team and consider these key points: user experience, functionality, affordability, onboarding time, and customer service. Make sure to also compare different ATS solutions and read reviews before making an informed decision that will help you achieve your desired recruitment goals.

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