Hiring top talent is a challenge faced by every organization, regardless of size or industry. Applicant tracking system (ATS) software can help with recruiting by organizing applications, facilitating communications with candidates, and keeping track of candidate information as they move through hiring phases. If ATS software could help your company, but you don’t want to break the bank, it may be worth looking into free options.
Work with a Vendor Matching Organization
Not to toot our own horn, but vendor matching organizations are often a home run when it comes to selecting free software that will work well for your company. Vendor matching experts are familiar with a variety of different types of software and can give you the inside story on which selection will be best for you. They listen to your needs, review the number of expected users, and assess the projected traffic to get a feel for the size and shape of your best software.
If there are free ATS software options that fit with your needs, a vendor matching company will recommend those first. Free fits everyone’s budget, so this is one obstacle that vendor matching pros will be happy to help you overcome. As an added bonus, vendor matching services are often free.
Do Your Due Diligence
There are a number of easy-to-find websites that compare free ATS software options. Visiting these websites gives you the option to look over your choices for free and on your own time. You can see snapshots of the software, check out user reviews, and find out more about each vendor before going any further.
Speak to ATS Vendors Offering Free Software
If you really like a particular product, you can always contact the vendor directly. Visit the website, send an email, or call to discuss the product and find out more about how to go about getting it implemented efficiently and working for your company. It’s wise to do some research and comparing before you jump into a contract, but once you’re sure, don’t be afraid to go right after your favorite option.
Be Aware of the Potential Costs
The vendors that offer free software options still have to make money somehow, so be aware that your free software could potentially cost you. If you exceed a certain number of users or wish to post to certain job boards, you may end up paying. If your company grows, you may also outgrow your free software and end up needing to reassess your strategy.
Make sure you ask about the potential or hidden costs that may be associated with a product before you do all of the footwork to get it up and running. Great vendors will tell you about anything that may cost you down the road and will help you figure out how to poise your product so that it helps your company to grow and to continue to support your recruitment infrastructure when you do.
Getting started with ATS software doesn’t have to be expensive and may even be totally free for some. If you would like to find out more about your best free options, give us a call at 866-989-0448.