SmartSearch Online is Rated Best ATS in ERE Industry Analysis and Buyer’s Guide

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Summary: Advanced Personnel Systems Product, SmartSearch Online, earns the top rating in every major category of the Electronic Recruiting ExchangeÂ?s Applicant Tracking Systems 2005: Industry Analysis and Buyer's Guide (Enterprise Edition).

Users of SmartSearch Online are more satisfied and more likely to recommend it to a colleague than users of any other applicant tracking system, according to Electronic Recruiting Exchange’s highly-respected Applicant Tracking Systems 2005: Industry Analysis and Buyer's Guide (Enterprise Edition). Much larger vendors were evaluated in the buyer’s guide, yet the Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS) product was rated number one in every major category: System Performance, Vendor Performance, Functionality, Overall Satisfaction, Likelihood of Recommending, and Hidden and Unexpected Costs.

More than 96 percent of ERE survey respondents said they would be “very likely” or “likely” to recommend SmartSearch Online to a colleague - the highest rating for any product evaluated.

“We’re thrilled with these results,” says Doug Coull, APS president and CEO. “We have been designing and implementing recruitment management software for almost 20 years, and our experience in creating powerful and easy-to-use systems is reflected in this rating. Our customers know we always go the extra mile when it comes to service and support, and this commitment is validated by how many of our customers routinely recommend us to other organizations.”

APS customers, large and small, are overwhelmingly satisfied with their choice of SmartSearch Online as a corporate-wide tool for applicant tracking. Compared with similar offerings in the enterprise market, they pay less for SmartSearch Online, are up and running faster - thanks to a focused, cost-effective implementation strategy - and are treated to personal assistance from a dedicated staff.

“APS makes it so easy to do business, I prefer going to them than to my own internal resources,” says Tom Lash, Regional Vice President of Adecco Technical. In fact, APS strives to become a seamless extension of their customer’s work environment. “Most of our customers feel we are actually part of their organization,” agrees Coull. “I encourage our technical services reps and salespeople to develop a relationship with each customer.”

“Service provider? They are more of a solution provider,” says Lash. “They always figure out - very easily - how to make things happen.”

The Electronic Recruiting Exchange ( in New York is the leading online resource for recruiters. It provides independent research, publications, an information exchange for professionals, and conferences. “ERE has provided more high quality - and at the same time, practical - information to more recruiters than anyone thought possible. They have done their job of recruitment education so well that it is hard to even identify who their #2 competitor is,” says Dr. John Sullivan, a well-known thought leader in HR.

APS has been in the business of developing and implementing large-scale recruitment management systems since 1985 and has successfully provided systems to thousands of users. Having pioneered the field of resume-scanning-based recruiting solutions, APS remains the leader in developing innovative approaches to recruitment data management. An example of this leadership is SmartSearch Online - its browser-based staffing management system now in its 9th release, with more than 200 current customers worldwide. Learn more about SmartSearch Online by visiting


Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc.

Paul Smith


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