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Why an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Built for Legal is Different From a Standard ATS 

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An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a software application that allows companies to manage their recruitment process and is a critical component of modern recruiting technology, particularly in law firms that have a high volume of recruiting needs from summer associate to partner. 

ATS systems typically allow recruiters to post jobs, screen resumes and applications for specific qualifications, schedule interviews, and communicate with candidates. The system can also help to track and manage applicant data, making it easier for recruiters to analyze the hiring process and improve it over time. Overall, an ATS can help companies to streamline their recruitment process, reduce time-to-hire, and improve the candidate experience by providing a more structured and efficient hiring process.

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​​Law firms have unique recruiting needs that are different from other industries. The legal industry requires highly specialized skills, expertise, and knowledge that can take years to acquire, and as a result, law firms must be extremely selective when it comes to hiring. A law firm using a legal specific ATS enables them to have better control over the recruitment process by using customizable workflows that other industries do not require. Given the highly competitive nature of the legal industry, law firms must also place a strong emphasis on recruitment strategies that allow them to attract top talent. This involves building relationships with law schools, participating in job fairs and other recruiting events, and leveraging technology like Flo Recruit, specialized for the legal recruiting industry, to streamline the hiring process. 

Here are a few reasons it’s a must for law firms to invest in an ATS that is specific to legal

It’s built for the legal recruiting industry

A high caliber ATS specific to the legal industry starts with meeting the demanding student recruiting program needs. Flo Recruit provides products for both law schools and law firms, providing legal-specific language and terminology, customizable workflows, and compliance with regulations and confidentiality requirements. Beyond student recruiting and moving into lateral hiring, law firm recruiting teams need to lean on technology that enables them to streamline legal recruiting processes, increase productivity, and maintain a high caliber candidate experience. Flo Recruit is designed to cater to the needs of both mid and large-sized law firms. As hiring timelines accelerate, it's essential that law firms are able to move quickly and efficiently through the recruitment process. Applicant tracking systems built for the legal industry often accommodate multiple locations and practice areas. This makes it an ideal solution for firms with recruitment teams spread across different offices or multiple business units. By providing structure to the unique legal recruitment process, customizable workflows can help to eliminate the need for manual tracking of candidates in spreadsheets or other manual systems. This saves time and reduces errors, allowing recruiters and hiring managers to focus on identifying and attracting the best candidates.

You can pull legal specific data driven recruiting insights

Data driven recruitment is the practice of using data and analytics to inform and improve the recruitment process. By collecting and analyzing data throughout the recruitment process, law firms can gain real-time visibility and insights into where candidates are coming from, where they are in the process, where bottlenecks and dropouts are happening, and what patterns and trends are emerging. One of the key benefits of data driven recruitment is that it enables more informed decision-making. By having access to real-time data and insights, legal recruiters and hiring managers can make more informed decisions about which candidates to pursue and which recruitment strategies to employ. This will ultimately lead to better quality of hire and more efficient use of recruitment budgets. 

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A positive candidate experience built around unique law firm practices

Having a stellar candidate experience, saving time for both the firm and candidate, ensuring uniformity and accuracy in interviews, streamlining partner involvement, and preventing over-hiring are all important goals for law firms to achieve in their recruiting efforts. In a highly competitive market, it's important for law firms to provide an exceptional candidate experience to attract and retain top talent. This can include offering clear communication throughout the hiring process, providing timely feedback, and ensuring a positive and engaging candidate experience that reflects well on the firm.

Candidates have options and they don’t have a lot of time to waste. By streamlining the recruiting process, law firms can save significant time for both the firm and the candidate. This can be achieved through the use of technology, such as online applications and video interviews, which can help to reduce the time and cost of traditional in-person interviews. By using structured interviews and assessment criteria, law firms can ensure a higher level of uniformity and accuracy in their hiring decisions. This can help to reduce the risk of bias or other errors in the hiring process, and ensure that the best candidates are selected for the job.

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Reduce cost-per-hire by knowing legal specific recruiting expenses better

Involving partners in the recruiting process is important for law firms, but it can also be time-consuming and expensive. By using technology and other strategies to streamline partner involvement, firms can ensure that partners are engaged in the recruiting process in a way that is both effective and efficient. By streamlining the recruiting process and ensuring a high level of accuracy and efficiency, law firms can reduce the risk of over-hiring and other unexpected costs due to inefficiencies in the hiring process. This can help firms to save money and ensure that they are making the best hiring decisions for their needs.

Implementing a legal specific applicant tracking system (ATS) helps law firms to decrease their cost-per-hire, save time on manual processes and data cleanup, take action more quickly on high-potential candidates, move faster as hiring timelines accelerate, and increase the ROI of events. “75+ hours of manual work condensed to minutes with Flo Recruit,” says Michele Parson at  Waller. Be smart about your legal recruiting program and invest into recruiting software built specifically for your needs.

Want to learn more about how Flo Recruit ATS helps legal teams with their recruiting efforts? Click here to Request a Demo.

Christina Wells

Christina Wells is the SVP of Operations and People at Flo Recruit. With her 15+ years of experience in the recruiting and HR industry, she can speak to the day-to-day challenges recruiting leaders face today.

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