After being involved an expat pilot recruitment for the last 24 years, AeroPersonnel is now concentrating its efforts to offer the best recruitment tool possible to ease the recruitment process for candidates and recruiters. Our new mission is simple, our focus is strictly assisting aviation professionals and recruiters with the recruitment process.
My colleagues and I sat down with this objective in mind. Over the course of these 24 year of recruitment activities, we had the opportunity to use many job posting sites and various applicant tracking systems on a daily basis. This has led us to identify, amongst others, the following points.
From a candidate perspective, we noted the following elements:
There is a lack of flexibility with most job posting sites. Most can handle only a single resume at a time. Once this resume is posted, that’s it, no other document can be uploaded, downloaded, updated, etc...
Almost all posting sites miss document storage capabilities. There are no possibilities to safeguard professional or other documents.
Most posting sites do not offer candidate privacy settings. For instance, a candidate, who is currently employed and is inquiring about other opportunities, might not be interested in his current employer finding about it.
Automation with the application process is not available on current posting sites. It is not possible for a candidate to enlist for an automatic application option.
In many instances, candidate/recruiter communications are difficult. No posting sites at this moment offer possibility of putting candidates and recruiters in contact.
The absence of progress reports during the recruitment process is a major beef with candidates. This is a problem widely reported by candidates.
Recruiters also miss functionalities that would help them in their day-to-day activities.
Candidate search accuracy with most posing sites is a problem. Many times, we have seen a simple search for an A320 captain generating a candidate list including A320 captains, A320 first officers, A320 maintenance technician, etc…
Automated applicant tracking functionalities are missing on many ATS. This prevents the system to automatically advise candidates of their progress through the recruitment process.
Candidate/Recruiter communications are difficult because the process is labor intensive with many ATS.
The lack of automated document handling capabilities (information leaflet, newsletters, company application forms, etc.) hinders recruiter activities.
The absence of interoperability between applicant tracking systems is a problem. It limits severely communications between internal or external ATS.