What candidates don’t say on their Application Forms can be as important as what they do say. It’s this principle that makes career gaps especially important for recruiters.
You don’t need to approach every single candidate with a career gap like they’ve got deeply suspicious ulterior motives.
But, you need to understand why. The reasons behind the career gaps can mean candidates are completely unsuitable, e.g. past convictions that rule them out of working in your sector. Or, on the other hand, candidates can be extra suitable, e.g. if they’ve done voluntary work that puts them ahead of other candidates.
But you have to be able to identify career gaps first before you can start evaluating them.
And it’s a painful process to have to print off Application Forms and manually scan through the employment history on each and every one of them to spot any career gaps.
Even if you’re eagle-eyed you’re likely to drop the ball when you’re ploughing through multiple Forms, in different formats and styles.
It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But it’s a rosier picture altogether when you’ve got the right weapons in your armoury.
How Can an Applicant Tracking System Help You Navigate the Career Gap Minefield?
An Applicant Tracking System doesn’t just help with career gaps. It does the job for you once your career gaps specifications are specified and configured.
All this requires you to do is decide if;
- The length of employment history to be analysed for career gaps, e.g. in educational and social care recruitment a candidate’s entire employment history, from leaving education, needs to be accounted for. Other business sectors might only be interested in where a candidate has worked for the past five years.
The duration of career gaps, e.g, public sector recruitment might need every single career gap of any length, no matter how short, accounting for. Other business sectors might be happy to overlook any unexplained career gaps that lasted less than three months.
- A premium Applicant Tracking System automatically identifies any career gaps in a candidate’s employment history.
Having done so, it tells them to provide a reason and any further supporting information before they’re allowed to proceed to the next screen.
The benefits of using an Applicant Tracking System to unearth and justify career gaps goes beyond offsetting wholly unsuitable candidates at the pass.
In addition, an Applicant Tracking System’s career gap functionality;
- Saves you hours spent printing out Application Forms and manually sifting to work out where career gaps exist, then having to follow up with candidates to discuss their career gaps.
- Provides an additional layer of authentication to deter unsuitable candidates from withholding crucial information.
At Vacancy Filler, the career gap analysis feature in our outstanding ATS recruitment system has been a real crowd-pleaser with our client base. It’s easy to scope out and set up. And it’s available to all clients using an employment history section in their application forms.
We’d love a chat about career gap analysis and the many other ways our Applicant Tracking System can help you achieve better results with less effort.
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