HR Glossary for HR Professionals

Glossary of the most common HR terms and acronyms to assist professionals navigating the ever-growing and ever-changing world of HR terminology.


What is Recruitment?

Recruitment is the process that employers use to find and hire employees, from the initial search to interviews and eventually onboarding.

This process includes attracting, shortlisting, selecting, and appointing suitable candidates for jobs (either permanent or temporary) within an organization.

Why is Recruitment Important for Small- and Mid-Sized Companies?

Inefficient hiring processes put small- and mid-sized organizations at a recruitment disadvantage. While these businesses can struggle to find quality talent, most are not prioritizing a swift recruitment process.

As a result, quality hires are off the market too quickly for searching employers. However, being smaller than the competition doesn’t necessarily mean that these companies will never land top talent. Streamlining the hiring process presents a critical opportunity for HR leaders to improve recruitment and retention rates.

What Recruitment Tools Can Employers Use to Hire Top Talent?

One of the best solutions for companies to better compete for talent is to adopt HRIS tech. These tools can help optimize applicant tracking, hiring, and onboarding processes, and can improve the hiring experience for both HR and new employees.

By adopting an HRIS platform, organizations can streamline human resources tasks, which frees up valuable time for HR to operate more strategically. This includes being able to refocus on high-impact training and development activities, which in turn lead to a more productive and capable workforce.

The result? A positive impact on building your workforce with the best available candidates.

How Does Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) Work?

Applicant tracking software (ATS) automates the entire recruitment process by tracking and organizing applicants in one single database. Moreover, additional features of an ATS often include career page integrations, email capabilities, internal communications, integrations with onboarding software.

Other benefits include:

  • Publish jobs across multiple job boards
  • Quickly identify top candidates
  • Automate routine hiring tasks
  • Enhanced reporting and compliance
  • Improved communication
  • Paperwork elimination
  • Simplified applicant experience

ATS can be purchased as standalone products or as part of an HRIS package, each of which presents its own set of pros and cons.

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