The recruiting goldmine you’ve been searching for, free!

You have a new job request, or twenty, the hiring managers are blowing up your phone and email, your job postings aren’t bringing in the right candidates. Your interviews are no showing on you.

What if there was an easy to use source, filled with candidates who want to work for your company, just a few clicks away? A source that would make you look like a recruiting Rockstar?

The best source of candidates that recruiters regularly overlook is their own applicant tracking system. The ATS is a goldmine of candidates. Don’t leave, hear me out!

Ok, I know you hate your ATS, I’ve yet to meet a recruiter who raves about their ATS. It’s not intuitive, the search function is clunky, it doesn’t provide accurate data, etc. I get it, but because you are not in love with your ATS, that’s partly why you are not using it as your first source. Also, you figure, if I didn’t hire them the first time, why should you take a 2nd look?

A few reasons to take a 2nd look at candidates in your ATS:

  • These candidates want to work for your company!
  • Many, if not most of the candidates in your ATS, you never looked at carefully, if at all. Maybe you already had an offer out, so you didn’t bother reviewing additional resumes. Or you stopped calling candidates once you had enough interviews set up.
  • Candidates may have gained additional experience since you interviewed them.
  • Your 2nd and 3rd choice candidates may have been hired, if not for that Rockstar you hired.
  • We aren’t perfect, us recruiters don’t always make the right call, perhaps the above mentioned 2nd or 3rd choice candidate really was the best candidate.

Things to try – your ATS as a recruiting tool

  • When you receive a new job request, search your ATS first.
  • Send out a mass email to all past applicants who are not current employees, with a list of current openings, using a service such as Constant Contact.
  • Consider sending a recruiting text to applicants using ZipWhip
  • Have candidates opt in to emails and texts as part of your application process

LinkedIn Reinvents the ATS

LinkedIn’s new applicant tracking system (ATS), Talent Hub, is set to launch in the middle of 2019 and is positioned to be a game changer. Talent Hub will be built around search, whereas most existing ATS’s are not. For those who migrate over to Talent Hub, the largest professional network of candidates will come with your sleek new ATS, over 500 million users (Darrow, 2017).

Imagine uploading your newest job requisition and immediately having a pipeline of qualified candidates? It gets better.

When starting a new recruiting project, you will first enter the job title, location, and skill level. After entering these fields, your pipeline will immediately start to populate, you will see how many people match those initial parameters. Next, as you add additional details, job description, qualifications and education, you can see your results narrow in on the best fit candidates. Additionally, you can add team members and recruiters to the project. Once the information is entered, you will have the option of posting the job to LinkedIn for free or using a job slot for extra visibility.

The days of posting and waiting for candidates to apply is over, you will begin with a full pipeline of qualified candidates. Talent Hub will rank candidates who previously applied to your company, who are currently in process and those who have selected “open to new opportunities” higher in your results.

Talent Hub won’t be restricted to LinkedIn, you will also be able to upload candidates from outside of LinkedIn. Like other applicant tracking systems, you’ll be able to assign candidates certain statuses, to track as they move through your hiring funnel, schedule interviews, email candidates, run reports, link to your calendar, send a job offer, send other on-boarding paperwork (Talent Connect Conference 2018), and even integrate with Skype, so you can work remotely from an island in the Maldives. You may want to do a voice only call while working on the beach.

To see Sarah-Beth Anders announce the that LinkedIn is building an Applicant Tracking System at this year’s Talent Connect Conference, follow this link and skip to 1:38:30


Talent Connect Conference Day 2 (2018) Anaheim, CA, viewable online at:

Darrow, B. (2017). LinkedIn Claims Half a Billion Users.

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