Migrating from iCIMS to Lever



Are you completing your own implementation through our self-service offering? Please read this article on migrating your data.

Migrating data from iCIMS to Lever doesn’t have to be tricky. We’ve developed a set of internal tools to help simplify this process. Once you’ve set up your active jobs and career site, you can request for your iCIMS data to begin the migration process. The process consists of three main steps.

Step 1: Clean up your data on iCIMS

Before you request for your iCIMS data, you want to make sure that your data is up-to-date. The last thing you want to see after we migrate your data into Lever are thousands of stale candidates in your active pipeline that you haven’t interacted with in years. So we advise that you take this time to complete all your workflows, deposition any inactive candidates, and/or close out any jobs prior to requesting for your data. 

Step 2: Request for your iCIMS data extract

Once your Lever-powered careers page has been launched, you’ll need to request for your data extract from your iCIMs contact. iCIMS’s extraction process can take up to 2-3 weeks depending on the amount of data that you have. You can also put in a request ahead of time to have your data extracted and sent to you on your designated launch date in order to secure a spot in their technical support queue. 

Here are the files that come with that export:

  • A ZIP file with all the candidate application/job posting data
  • A ZIP file with all the resumes
  • A ZIP file with any additional documents

They’ll make these files available for download. You can then send us the zip files through the cloud-sharing service of your choice. We will then transform the data in order to build a mapping sheet to begin the next steps, this process typically takes 48 hours to complete. We also recommend that you download a copy of the data in case you need it for future audit purposes.

Step 3: iCIMS data mapping

Once we’ve transformed all your data, your Lever Implementation Specialist will work with you to map your legacy candidate/job data onto your new Lever structure (i.e. Stages, Archive Reasons, Departments/Teams, etc.). Even if you didn’t clean up as much data as you needed to in step 1, we can always use this step to assist with some of the cleanup. Once your mappings are set, we will import your iCIMS job posting and candidate data into Lever.


Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can we start the migration?

You can make a request for data from iCIMS as soon as your Lever-hosted careers page has been launched. This will ensure that no applications are lost in the transition. Once we have the data, it’ll typically take 1-2 weeks in total to extract, transform, and load the data.

Can we migrate over feedback, emails, and notes?

We do want to note that iCIMS may not always provide all your data in a format that can be imported. We will attempt to salvage as much data as possible, but we can’t promise it will be perfect. So as long as your feedback, emails, and notes are structured in the standard way within iCIMS, all this content will come over in a form of a Lever note within the candidate’s opportunity in Lever. You can also use Lever’s manual email sync feature to bring over emails for a specific candidate. This feature will only bring over the email chains between you and the candidate.

Can we import candidates and prospects from a spreadsheet?

Absolutely! If you currently store all your candidate data across spreadsheets, it’s recommended that you bring all that data into Lever.  We’ll provide you with the template to fill out, then we can do a one-time import into Lever as part of the onboarding process.

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