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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a strategic choice for background screening – has released a whitepaper authored by ESR Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen entitled ‘How to Choose an ATS to Work with Your Background Screening Firm’ that outlines critical factors that employers should consider when choosing an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to automate and streamline their recruitment and hiring process. The complimentary whitepaper is available at

Rosen writes: The big question, however, is which ATS to use? There are literally hundreds of ATS options to choose from, all offering a bewildering array of features and benefits. Small and medium-sized firms will have different needs than large or enterprise firms. An organization that may be moving to an ATS for the first time will have different challenges than a firm that has an ATS but is looking to change because their current ATS either is not performing as promised or does not fulfill the employer’s needs.

Rosen – author of ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ – explains why the advice of an independent screening expert is indispensable for the many companies that currently use, or plan to use, an ATS solution since the “importance of hiring qualified and properly vetted employees is critical and integrating an organization’s background screening program to create a seamless process is essential.” The whitepaper reviews 15 critical factors that employers should consider when choosing an ATS. These factors include:

  • Candidate Experience: Since the candidate experience is so important and is an integral part of an employer’s branding, have the ATS provider give you a first-hand experience of the application process for a candidate.
  • Integrations: Be careful about accepting a screening or onboarding provider only because they are already integrated. It is important to fully vet these providers. The fact that they are integrated is not a testament to quality.
  • Job Posting & Social Networking: Make sure the ATS has access to job sites and social networking sites and have the vendor take you through the posting process.
  • Performance: Learn about the up-time percentage record and speed of the ATS since slow performance and downtime can lead to lost candidates and opportunities.
  • Reporting: At a minimum, make sure the ATS vendor has a reporting tool that reports information such as time-to-fill, diversity, and source of hire.

Rosen is a well-recognized background check expert who is a frequent speaker at numerous state and national conferences. He was the chairperson of the steering committee that founded the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®), a professional trade organization for the screening industry, and served as first co-chair. He has qualified and testified in the California, Florida, and Arkansas Superior Court as an employment screening expert on issues surrounding due diligence.

Founded by Rosen in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) has years of experience in working closely with ATS providers, and thoroughly understands the lay of the land when it comes to selecting an ATS. Given the importance of the right decision, consulting a third party expert like ESR is a useful first step to eliminate the hype and focus on quality providers that offer the right ATS solution for an organization. To learn more about choosing an ATS, visit

ESR Offers Seamless ATS Integration

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a global background check provider that is accredited by the NAPBS® and undergoes yearly SSAE 18 SOC 2® audits to ensure the privacy, security, and confidentiality of consumer information. ESR has partnered with leading ATS providers to offer seamless ATS integration and convenient paperless screening solutions to employers and recruiters. To learn more about ATS solutions from ESR, please visit

NOTE: Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this website is for educational purposes only.

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