The stringent teacher quality requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act have created new challenges for school districts. Now, more than ever, school leaders must find teachers who are licensed, hold a bachelor’s degree in their subject area, and demonstrate teaching competence. To meet these challenges, some school districts are managing the teacher application and hiring process with Applicant Tracking System, a new software program from SearchSoft Solutions.

The SearchSoft system helped New York’s Hewlett-Woodmere School District make the teacher recruitment process paperless. The district’s principals now can go online and search the software’s database for prospective applicants using keywords when looking to fill a specific job, such as French or Spanish teacher.

The software also simplifies the job search process for teachers. For example, if teachers submit a single application to the Ohio Area School Employment Consortium, they have applied automatically to all 39 districts that belong to the consortium.

Schools can purchase the SearchSoft Applicant Tracking System through either an installed or application service provider (ASP) model. Pricing is based on the number of licenses.

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