Web-Based Applicant Tracking Systems: Functionality at a Glance


HR Market Analyst,

When it comes to growing your organization, the last thing you need is to be buried under stacks of resumes. While most offices are still far from paperless, ongoing developments in HR software are helping eliminate the hiring headaches of the past. That’s because small business owners can now access web-based applicant tracking software (ATS) to help streamline the hiring process.

As an alternative to traditional on-premise systems, web-based solutions, known as software as a service (SaaS), put big-time functionality at small business HR professionals’ disposal – without the upfront expense of on-premise implementations. In fact, according to a report published by Advanced Market Research, SaaS users are part of the fastest growing market of consumers in HR software – contributing more than one-third of revenue for software companies.

So, if you think you may be ready to get rid of your Rolodex and clear that stack of resumes off of your desk, here are four systems that can bring you up to speed:


   The iCIMS Talent Platform ranks #1 for outstanding customer service and retention. This robust talent acquisition tool boosts recruiting efforts and employee management for HR departments of any size.


  ApplicantStack is a completely hosted, full-featured applicant tracking solution designed for small and mid-sized organizations. It is ideal for HR managers that need to optimize hiring processes at an affordable price.


  Ideal for the small to mid-sized business looking for a powerful, web-based applicant tracking and recruiting system, AcquireTM Talent Management is used by HR and corporate recruiters to streamline the hiring process.

Newton Software

  A formidable contender in the cloud-based applicant tracking market, Newton Software is known for its ease of use, speedy implementation, exceptional customer service and EEO/OFCCP compliance features.

A Closer Look at Web-based Applicant Tracking Software

ATS automates the steps from beginning to end in the hiring process – from receiving applications to scheduling interviews to hiring and even onboarding new employees. Central to the process, however, is ensuring that this work flow is easily accessible to everyone from the HR specialist to the CEO – and that’s exactly what these systems aim to deliver. Some deliver better than others, though, and we’ve put this guide together as a quick reference of these systems.

Functionality at a Glance

Resume Parsing
Document Management
Mobile Access
Status Tracking
Letter/Email Generator
Job Template Library
Third Party Job Sites
Candidate Profiles
Online Application Portal
Employee Onboarding
With Upgrade
EEOC Management
Customizable Reporting
Workflow Automation
Hiring Manager Access
Better Suited For
500-5000 employees
100-1000 employees
0-500 employees
0-500 employees
  • http://profiles.google.com/nleighmorgan nick leigh-morgan

    You could do a detailed analysis of loads of expensive ATSs or just use iKrut which is completely free:


    Why pay for web HR systems when you no longer need to?

  • http://twitter.com/russh russell hay

    of couse, in Europe with Saas you will normally break data protection laws by hosting personal data outside the EU. For free and open ATS’s you can control yourself, see this comparison list.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_and_Open_Source_ATS

  • http://www.graniteconsulting.ca Kevin Lee

    Thanks for sharing this Kyle. SaaS certainly is a great, cost-efficient option for small businesses in all kinds of industries.

  • http://www.jobbered.com Gareth

    Some company’s rely entirely on emails to track and manage all their job applicants.  How scary is that.  I guess as scary as relying on a excel spread sheets to manage employee time sheets.  

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