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  • About the Automatic Archiving Process
    • Default Archive Settings for Data Retention
    • How the Archiving Process Works
  • Review and Customize Automatic Archive Settings
  • Perform Archiving Tasks
    • Create an Archive at Any Time
    • Export an Archive File
    • What Information is Saved in the Archive File?
    • Delete an Archive


Via Settings > System in the side navigation bar, an Administrator may access the Archive Settings tab to:

  • Manage Automatic Archive Settings to control how automatic archiving is performed
  • Work with Archives to perform "manual" archiving and export data

About the Automatic Archiving Process

To help keep your organization’s data current and improve system load times, balanceTRAK employs default Automatic Archive Settings to collect, organize, and appropriately delete legacy Requisition and Job Seeker data at determined intervals.

Default Archive Settings for Data Retention

By default, a Closed Requisition and its associated Job Seeker information will display in the software for three years, or 36 months, after the Close Date. After an additional three months, or 90 days, the information will be deleted. If your organization is a Federal contractor, balanceTRAK default Automatic Archive Settings will meet Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) requirements for recordkeeping.

How the Archiving Process Works

  1. When a Requisition’s Status is changed to Closed, the system will generate a Close Date, starting the “clock” on the active data retention period in the software, typically three years.
  2. When the active data retention data period is met, the data are now considered "legacy."
  3. The system will run an annual archiving scan to collect the legacy data. The archived files will be available on the Archives tab for an additional time period, typically 90 days. During this time, an existing archive file can be exported for storage outside the system.

Note: If a Job Seeker is associated with both a legacy and an open Requisition, that Job Seeker’s information will remain active in the system. If you are an Administrator and have questions regarding the archiving process or archived materials, please contact Berkshire’s Product Support.

Review and Customize Automatic Archive Settings

To review the default settings or change them, first choose the Archive tab from the System menu's tab header. Then go to the Automatic Archive Settings sub-tab. The upper menu contains Automatic Creation and Deletion settings for archiving time intervals:

  • Automatically create archive for data that is older than [Number of] months. (The default is: 36.)
  • Archive data on [month/date] annually. (The default is: January 1.)
  • Keep archives for [number of] days. (The default is: 90.)

Then, specify field to use for data archives:

  • Requisition Closing Date (default) — This date is triggered when a Requisition Status, indicating Closed, is applied.


  • Application Date

Click [Save] if any changes are made.

Perform Archiving Tasks

Proceed to Archive tab > Archives sub-tab. If any Archives have been established, those files will display. The list will inform you about each archive's:

  • Create Date
  • Archive Data up to (Date)
  • Size
  • Status
    • Completed [Within archive retention period]
    • Expired [Beyond the retention period)
  • Type
    • Automatic
    • Manual

Create an Archive at Any Time

The archiving process may be performed at any time for Requisition-based data sets older than a year.

First, proceed to the Options menu. By default, a check box will be ticked to: Automatically remove data from balanceTRAK once the archive file has been created. Uncheck this box, as necessary.

Important Caution: If the box is checked, the archived data cannot be restored to the system.

Next, enter a date that is at least one year prior to the current date. Then click the [Create Archive] button to initiate the process as a one-off activity. The newly created archive file will be added to the Archives list, labeled by:

  • Archive Created (Date / time)
  • Size
  • Status

Quick Tip: If the records contain a significant amount of data, choose [Run in Background] so you can continue working in other areas.

Export an Archive File

Export an existing archive on the Archives sub-tab by clicking the Date / time link. Then follow the Windows prompts to open and/or save the Zip file.

Note: The Date / time link will be deactivated for Archives with the Status of: Expired.

What Information is Saved in the Archive File?

The archive’s Zip file will contain the following elements:

  • Requisition Information
    • Excel file, containing Requisition Information field entries by Requisition
    • CSV files, containing Requisition, Job Seeker History
    • PDFs of the Job Descriptions, labeled by Requisition

Quick Tip: The Requisition's Job Description can be exported prior to archiving by following these instructions: Export a Job Description.

  • Job Seekers Information (by Requisition)
    • Excel file, containing Name, Email, Phone Number, Date Applied, Stage and Status for each Job Seeker
    • PDFs of all completed Forms
    • PDFs of submitted Resumes

Notes: Job Seeker information can be correlated by referencing the Job Seeker's sequential identifying number. Sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g., Social Security Number) will not be exported.

Delete an Archive

On the Archives sub-tab, click the Delete icon to the left of the archive entry. Then, confirm the deletion.