Advanced Personnel Systems Launches SmartSearch® Version 18

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A portfolio of valuable upgrades to the industry-leading Applicant Tracking System enhances productivity and efficiency for recruiters

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The improved interface and new features will do a great deal toward making our customers more productive, reducing the learning curve and getting them truly excited about recruiting.

Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. (APS), creators of innovative SmartSearch®, announces the Version 18 release of its top-of-the-industry recruiting business software.

As with all prior upgrades to the popular Applicant Tracking System (ATS), many new features in V18 are a direct result of user feedback and suggestions. "SmartSearch has always been user-centric in our development process," offers L.J. Morris, APS Chief Technology Officer. "We listen to what our clients are saying. Rather than trying to convince them what the next big thing is, we ask 'What big thing is important to you?'— and we're lucky to get a lot of valuable feedback."

For now, Version 18 touts many other advanced upgrades to answer the ever-changing business environment and client needs.

Always one of the most configurable recruiting software solutions, SmartSearch V18 makes it easier than ever to adjust candidate record Profile screens with the popular "spotlight" summary page on Jobs and Candidate records for less wasted space. Screens can be more easily adjusted with quick "drag and drop" to display records and lists, and "hide" unwanted or restricted information. Version 18 rebuilt the User Admin section using cutting-edge technologies that add a new Configuration Wizard to help auto-configure SmartSearch role-based settings to align with an organization's usage and best practices to increase efficiency. Greater configurability has also been added to the software's powerful and easy to use "HireTrak" toolset—now featuring more options, plus the ability to add custom fields and better manage every step of the recruiting lifecycle.

The SmartSearch User Interface got a "face lift" in V18 for a more user-friendly look. Users can choose from a new color palette, including one matching their organizational standards for branded color. The updated UI also sports a "mini view" snapshot on Candidate and Job activity, plus enhancements to the at-a-glance Journal List. New shortcuts make it faster to view docs from any record's Spotlight page, and all lists can now be configured on-the-fly to hide or display desired fields. According to Doug Coull, APS Chief Executive Officer, "To help increase user adoption of new and under-used features, SmartSearch Version 18 boasts a Usage Analyst report to help customers get the most out of the software by making suggestions of features that are not being fully used."

The ATS's paperless document management library has also been updated with enhancements in Version 18. Additional XML feeds and integrations are now available for ten popular job boards, including three sites serving US military veterans and the ZipRecruiter job posting aggregator. The system's EEOC/OFCCP compliance "guides" have been updated to support the new VEVRAA compliance tracking and reporting requirements. And, for Canadian customers, SmartSearch V18 is fully compliant with the 2014 Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation.

There's no question, V18 represents another significant step forward for a product that is already at the forefront of the field. Morris adds, "SmartSearch V18 is a testament to the close relationship we enjoy with our clients and partners. The improved interface and new features will do a great deal toward making them more productive, reducing the learning curve and getting them truly excited about recruiting."

The heart of SmartSearch is the searchable database of candidates a user function long been considered one of the most powerful in the industry. An announcement will be forthcoming in Q4 2014 with additional search engine enhancements to V18.1.

About SmartSearch®: Since 1986, Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. leads the way in the development and deployment of quality talent management and recruiting solutions. Having pioneered the field of resume-scanning-based recruiting solutions, APS is a recognized innovator in on-demand technology and recruitment data management. Its signature product, SmartSearch® serves over 250,000 users and 25 million job seekers worldwide. For more information, visit:

Advanced Personnel Systems Inc.
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