Industry: Financial Services
Company Size: 1,000 – 5,000
“When I started this role at Alltran , the recruitment process was very antiquated – we were using Excel spreadsheets and paper. We have since evolved from that antiquated process to this wonderful product called Applicant Tracking. Over the last two years it has changed the culture of how my recruiting team operates.”
- Sonja Thornton, Director of Talent Acquisition at Alltran
Alltran is an award-winning accounts receivable management company that helps both individuals and companies resolve their financial challenges. Based in Houston, Texas, Alltran employs more than 1,000 employees across six offices nationwide and prides itself on its “culture of problem solvers who employ empathy and respect.”
Three years ago, when Sonja Thornton joined Alltran as the director of talent acquisition, their recruitment process was “very antiquated.” “We were using Excel spreadsheets and paper [to manage candidates],” she says. She quickly identified the crucial need for an applicant tracking system (ATS) that would take them into the 21st century and streamline the company’s recruitment process.
In addition to finding an ATS that offered great value and ease of use, Thornton also wanted to work with a vendor with whom she could establish a solid, trusting relationship. She found everything she was looking for in CareerBuilder and its Applicant Tracking solution.
From the very beginning of using the new solution, Thornton and her team were able to go “from zero to 100” in terms of ramping up their recruitment strategy. Two years after using Applicant Tracking, Thornton says the system “has changed the culture of how my recruiting team operates.” In addition to helping Alltran make 100 to 150 hires each month, Applicant Tracking provides invaluable supply and demand data that enables Thornton and her team to have more productive conversations with hiring managers. For instance, they can now use real metrics to explain why some positions are hard to fill and set expectations for time to hire.
Best of all, Applicant Tracking enables Alltran to offer a superior candidate experience. “One of the values that I instill in my team to ensure that every candidate has a good experience,” Thornton says. Applicant Tracking makes it easy for candidates to apply to jobs, which sets a positive tone during the hiring process that “carries on once they [the candidates] get to our offices.”
Having worked with eight other ATS’s in her career, Thornton considers Applicant Tracking to be the best – not only for the quality of its product, but on a personal level as well.
“At the end of the day, the key is relationships,” Thornton says. “It’s important for me to know that someone heard my customer survey responses. It’s important to know that you guys are working to continue to build a good product and you’re not just done with development. My CareerBuilder sales representative is, by far, the best I have ever dealt with in my entire life.”
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