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How to Navigate the Potential Hiring Boost in the Energy Sector

clean energy hiringSome Human Resources organizations that haven’t used them before dismiss the value of an Applicant Tracking System. When you consider the booming state of the energy industry and the complex staffing job it represents, the need for efficient electronic tools to manage the process becomes clear.

The constant quest for new sources of energy means energy companies are nearly always hiring as they kick off new projects. Projects require numerous people with a wide variety of skills, and every opening attracts a large number of applicants whose skills may or may not match the requirements.

Matching skills to openings and coordinating the interview process is complicated, especially when projects span multiple regions and years. Add to that the Federal regulations that require tracking and reporting racial and gender characteristics of applicants and hires, and you have a complex project to manage just to staff the real project.

An Applicant Management Solution can bring order to the process by matching skills to openings and tracking applicants through the interview cycle. Sometimes an applicant isn’t right for a role, but may be perfect for a different role on another project later on. Instead of rifling through paper files to find the candidate or hoping that you remember when the time is right, the tracking system handles the process automatically. Applicant tracking systems can even prevent interviewing the same candidate for different positions at the same time, which might lead to the company bidding against itself to hire an especially qualified applicant.

Applicant tracking systems help you keep desirable candidates in the open pool, and helps to weed out unqualified individuals before the organization expends valuable resources reviewing unqualified candidates or worse yet, interviewing them. It provides a central repository for interviewer comments and impressions, and can help to ensure a standardized interview and evaluation process that helps to eliminate bias.

By asking candidates to self-select gender and race categories, you are complying with federal laws in a way that doesn’t violate applicant privacy. The data that the applicant management collects is easy to analyze and format for reporting to the government. This is especially important on government contracts and federally subsidized projects, where a small error can result in fines or disqualification from bidding on a project.

Applicant tracking solutions help to prevent errors that can creep in to manually compiled data entered and analyzed in spreadsheets. It eliminates the inefficiency of manually entering the data and creating the required reports. Most Applicant Tracking Systems include the required report formats for automatic generation and creation, saving time and valuable resources.

If you have upcoming energy sector projects to staff, start by implementing a modern Applicant Tracking System. You’ll find the entire staffing process, from attracting candidates, to skills matching, to interviewing and hiring, becomes simpler and more efficient. An applicant tracking system is a cost effective way to keep up with rapid hiring during boom periods

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