ASCENDING is an acronym Aspen uses as a checklist to optimize each visual.

(A) Assign and Define: the measure is defined and documented for global standard use.

(S) Source is listed.  Typically this is candidate or requisition data obtained from an ATS.

(C) Coding and algorithms are written in native language or system.

(E) Easy to read. Use the same formatting for each visuals.  Sans serif font and grey scale is recommended.  Use the same font and size for titles, labels, legends, axis, etc.

(N) Natural scale is used with specific dimensions with general dimensions.  Note the smallest and largest size of data.

(D) Descriptive Labels: Use labels and text that help the user understand the graphic. Use a smart title, legend, and annotations as you see fit.

(I) Include Appropriate Graph Type.  Examples include line charts, multi line charts, bar graphs, etc.

(N) Naked data is best; minimize extra “noise” with annotations.  We want context and no “noise”.  Use abbreviations, main data points, and no gridlines.

(G) Generate brand assets and color sparingly.  Often branding is added to the footers, imagery, iconography, and animation.

Source of AEIOUY

The identified origin of candidates who applied for a particular requisition or position that is actively accepting candidates. The origin is marked using machine identification, system identification, recruiter identification, or candidate identification. In most cases, whatever the origin at the application stage is what remains through all other stages. Occasionally the candidate updates through the recruiting process (but rare).

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Job Abandonment

The percentage of requisitions that have been successfully opened but whose efforts, for one reason or another, have been permanently stopped and no hire is made


CNT([IF Posted.Date <> EMPTY AND DATEDIFF([Cancelled.Date] – [Posted.Date ]) > 30])

Doughnut Chart

Doughnut charts present proportions of a whole through slices of a doughnut shaped graphic It is just a pie chart with the center missing. This type of chart can contain multiple series, represented as doughnuts arranged inside one another.

Sosulski, Kristen. Data Visualization Made Simple (p. 50). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.

Stacked Area Chart

Stacked area charts highlight the absolute and relative differences between two or more series. They are line charts with the area below the line filled in with color. To show relative differences use a 100% stacked area chart. Label each series directly, if possible over using a legend.

Sosulski, Kristen. Data Visualization Made Simple (p. 50). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.