Last updated: December 12, 2017
If you want to see the best tools for recruiters in one place, then you’ll LOVE this guide.
There are over 80 free and paid software tools designed to simplify your job as a recruiter.
And you can filter through the list of HR tech to find the best recruiting tools for you.
There are applicant tracking systems, CRMs, sourcing tools and much more.
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APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEMS
ATS OnDemand has all of the standard features you would expect from an ATS plus a few that are less common including an employee referral portal, job posting approval process and custom candidate evaluation and assessment forms. Pricing starts at $70/month.
This newer entrant to the ATS market has already earned rave reviews from its loyal user base for its amazing customer support, smooth UI and end-to-end functionality.
BrightMove Recruiting Software
One of the few ATS offerings with publicly available pricing, BrightMove is highly touted by its users as responsive to new ideas. In fact, you can suggest new features and vote for them, with the features that get the most upvotes moved into the development queue.
A staple of the ATS market, Bullhorn has many enterprise customers and large recruitment agencies as customers. It has many fans among those who use it on a daily basis but note that the price point is definitely geared towards larger customers.
Used by both external recruiters and HR agencies, CATS is known for its end-to-end solution that starts with job postings and finishes with analytics on completed campaigns.
A combination ATS and CRM, Crelate is lauded for its wide-ranging feature set, modern UI and strong customer support.
Lauded for its intuitive user interface and beautiful design, Greenhouse.io receives consistently positive reviews by everyone who adopts it. In addition, they have an iOS and Android app that lets you use it on the go. Pricing for Greenhouse is dependent on the number of employees and is available on request.
A low-cost alternative ATS, HireHive excels at automatic job board posting, managing employee referrals and branded career sites.
A full service solution for both external and internal recruiters, HiringThing offers best-in-class customer service and quick turnaround on new features requested by its users.
JobAdder is a CRM and ATS in one and is well known for its range of mobile apps that let you access the platform from any device.
Marketed as a sales, recruiting and back office system in one, Jobscience receives excellent reviews from the external recruiters who use it.
Founded in 1999, iCIMS is a tool that is widely used by both recruiting firms and internal recruiters. Given its longevity, it is clearly well liked by many although there are some who complain that it could use a refresh.
Considered one of the top ATS tools, Lever has features such as one-click sourcing, two-way email sync, and @-mentions that you will not find in many of their competitors.
The feature that sets this ATS apart from its competitors is Loxo AI, a proprietary intelligent sourcing assistant that helps you find the top talent for your role while you spend your time elsewhere.
Although it does not have the prettiest user interface, it does have one feature that sets it apart from every other ATS on the market – it’s free. As the only open source ATS currently available, users (at least those with development backgrounds) can have direct input into new features without paying a dime.
One of the earlier entrants to the ATS game, PCRecruiter, founded in 1998, receives positive reviews from its dedicated user base for its customer service and willingness to continually update the product.
Known for their incredible customer service (their founder replies to emails on Sundays), Recruitee takes collaborative hiring to the next level: everyone in your team from the least tech-savvy to the most nerdy can work on hiring together with this cloud-based ATS. In addition, Recruitee provides beautiful careers sites for your employer brand as well as candidate-friendly application forms that you can fully tweak.
Recruiterbox is the definition of a modern ATS, featuring a fully web-based platform that has an intuitive and simple interface. In addition, it has many features for sourcing (customizable career sites, one-click job posting, auto-creation of candidate profiles) and interviewing (calendar integrations, candidate email templates, auto-responders) that are not always found in even the most up-to-date applicant tracking systems.
Like most modern applicant tracking systems, SmartRecruiters has features such as multi-channel recruitment marketing, collaboration tools and built-in automated processes. However, what sets it apart are its integrations, 250+ services ranging from job boards to sourcing tools to background checks, all of which are available in its Marketplace.
Workable is noted for its full feature set, easy learning curve, top notch customer support and a new sourcing tool called People Search. They also offer a $50 per job per month plan for recruiters who have less burdensome hiring needs.
The beauty of Zoho Recruit is its price. It’s rare to see an ATS with a free tier that actually includes enough features to make it functional but Zoho certainly falls into that category. Plus, its paid tiers are reasonably priced and include a range of features built to assist an external recruiter or HR professional with sourcing, candidate management and interviews.
Geared exclusively towards finding technical talent, AmazingHiring scours Github, Stack Overflow and Kaggle profiles to find potential candidates, including those who do not have a LinkedIn account.
Considered the best by some, ContactOut touts that it can find 2x more emails than the competition and given that it offers 100 free credits per day, there is not much risk to test out their claim. Full pricing details for ContactOut are available on request.
FindThatLead allows users to find people’s corporate emails using data points such as position, location, company, name or industry.
A free Chrome extension, Hiretual is raved about by sourcers and recruiters for its ability to consistently cut down on the time required to find talent and their contact information. It is free for 15 contacts per month before increasing to $59 per month (billed annually) for 200 contacts per month.
Hound by Jobjet
Working only on LinkedIn, Hound will find email addresses and phone numbers but can get expensive for those who search a lot.
Hunter is a bit different than other email sourcing tools as it can find all available emails on a given domain and also verify emails, in addition to the features you expect from a standard contact finder.
LinkedIn X-ray Search Tool
A pre-defined Google Search for recruiters, this single page tool performs one task extraordinarily well: it finds profiles on LinkedIn for a given skillset, removing as many extraneous results as possible.
Limited to 5 free phone numbers and emails per month, Lusha gets positive reviews by many but you will have to pay to get full use of the product.
Prophet is a Chrome extension that allows you to visit the Twitter, Facebook or Google+ page of a person and find emails and phone numbers. It comes with 15 free credits per day and you can get more by sharing data with the community or purchasing them. Note that the company does not have a website.
RocketReach promises to find emails, phone numbers and full profile information from 50+ sites in a single search. The free option is limited to 5 searches/month with 170 searches available for $49/month.
Snovio is a contact finding tool with three core features: domain search (find all of the emails on a given domain), LinkedIn email search (find the email associated with a LinkedIn profile) and company profiles (explore an org chart for various companies). They have a Forever Free plan that offers 100 credits per month, with paid plans starting at $19/month for 1000 credits.
SourceHub is a clever tool that helps you construct boolean search queries by combining synonyms for the job title, skills and location you enter.
An open source and developer-friendly CRM, SugarCRM is a great solution for the recruiter who knows they need to keep better track of their contacts but does not want to break the bank.
Marketed as a combination CRM and ATS, Vincere allows you to search for and manage candidates, create fully-branded microsite job boards and post your jobs across the Internet.
Convey enables companies to create customized communications based on where candidates are in the hiring process through messaging, scheduling, screening, and interviewing – all in one integrated platform.
Whether it is face-to-face or one-way interviews, GreenJob offers the solutions you need for your video interviewing needs.
The Honeit digital phone interview platform streamlines three critical steps in every recruiter’s day to day – scheduling calls, talking to candidates and sharing insights with hiring teams. Honeit interview technology makes it easy to record, transcribe and share live candidate answers and insights during natural (two-way) phone conversations. After the phone conversation, recruiters can select key moments or interview highlights to share with their team or with hiring managers – to quickly ensure quality, reduce steps and accelerate on-site interviews. You can check out the application interface here.
Interview Mocha has over 1000 skills tests that you can use early in your interview process to determine which candidates have the required skills.
Interview Stream’s Hire platform allows you to set up screening interviews using a library of questions and pre-populated media, or face-to-face live interviews.
Odro is online meeting software for the techphobics of the world. With no downloads or installs, this tool should work well for interviews, especially those that may require screen sharing.
sparkHire has a full range of video tools to help you optimize your interview process including one-way interviews, interview evaluation, interview scheduling and a mobile app.
Beamery connects to all of your other recruiting systems and gives you one system to manage and engage every candidate that touches your brand – past, present or future. They help companies nurture passive talent and build a pipeline for future roles.
Clinch is a robust platform that combines recruitment marketing, a CRM, employer branding, and sourcing tools in one end-to-end solution. Features include a career site and landing page builder, social and email integration and robust analytics.
Firefish combines your ATS and the web and focuses on four areas: Reach (SEO and landing page development to reach candidates), Engage (reach out to new candidates and monitor existing relationships), Recruit (tools that assist with candidate placement) and Analyse (data analytics for the core software features).
GoHire focuses on attracting and converting stronger applicants with their application process. Each candidate gets a personalised web app to communicate directly with hiring managers, and keep track of all their scheduled events.
Serving a range of customer sizes from startups to enterprise customers, Jobvite offers tools that go beyond your typical ATS including Jobvite Refer (tool for sharing job openings in your employees’ networks) and Jobvite Video (on-demand video interviewing).
OnRecruit allows you to store and capture all online touch points between candidates and employers and integrates with offline data from the client’s ATS or CRM. By connecting these data sources, it allows a full view of what a candidate does prior to applying, providing insight into the effectiveness of media channels from a conversion, interview, placement and hiring perspective, and enabling marketing automation.
Offering many features similar to its competitors, Phenom People’s main differentiator is its unique ability to turn visitors to your career site into potential applicants even if they don’t fill out your job application.
Resumo is an easy way to send candidate resumes to clients with a simple URL. You can also create custom cover sheets, brand candidate resumes and get real-time insights such as notifications when your client views a resume.
SmashFly’s Total Recruitment Marketing Platform and Services proactively markets an employer brand and jobs through every recruiting channel using marketing automation technology and modern marketing practices. It empowers companies to attract the right people to their organization using the art and science of fit, enabling companies to generate leads and nurture relationships to hire faster and more cost-effectively. It is ATS-agnostic, integrating with your current system to provide a complete view into the candidate journey, from first source all the way to hire.
The free plan of this tool should be sufficient for many recruiters as it allows for 100 appointments per month and includes SMS notifications, a feature not offered at the free level by any competitors.
Loved by its users for its simplicity and rock-solid integration with all popular calendars, the free version of Calendly will be sufficient for many recruiters who want a simple scheduling tool that reduces back-and-forth emails. The paid version can be integrated with additional tools you might use such as GoToMeeting and many CRMs.
This is a tool for the recruiter with more complex scheduling needs. The higher-priced tiers, while slightly expensive compared to the competition, have features such as pooled availability and master booking pages, that are ideal for environments where you will be scheduling more than just one-on-one meetings.
Known for its robust feature set, SimplyBook.me has a free tier that may be suitable for some recruiters.
TimeTrade invented the online appointment scheduling industry in 1999. The company’s secure, cloud-based solution meets the customer and client engagement needs of large enterprises as well as mid-size and small businesses. Thousands of companies—including 500 of the world’s top brands—rely on TimeTrade’s technology for their scheduling needs.
With almost all features available to free users, Vyte is an excellent option for recruiters with more basic scheduling needs.
While the free version of this software is not heavily advertised on their sign up page, it may have enough features to tide you over until you want to pay for more advanced tools such as appointment reminders, padding appointments and Zapier integration.
Focusing on the hourly workforce, OnboardIQ is an ATS that helps you automate interviews, background checks and document collection.
Outmatch is designed to predict how candidates will perform and has tools such as job-fit assessments, behavioral interviewing, and online reference checking.
SkillSurvey is a multi-purpose tool designed to assist with referencing checking and sourcing via referrals.
Similar to a criminal background check, Social Intelligence uses a combination of technology and trained analysts to screen candidates online records for unlawful or inappropriate behavior.
Sterling Talent Solutions
Founded in 1975, Sterling Talent Solutions is a full service screening and on-boarding solution that offers plans including pre-hire background checks and drug testing and post-hire employee audits.
Weirdly offers a customisable quiz to rank candidates against your ideal fit. It can act as a stand-alone, light-ATS or be integrated into your current recruitment process.
Broadbean is a straightforward job distribution and sourcing tool that focuses on doing a few tasks really well.
Crystal scours the Internet for every piece of information on your candidates and coaches you on how to write emails that are tailored to their communication style. This ensures that the people you find for your client are more likely to respond.
The Entelo platform uses big data, predictive analytics and social signals to help recruiting organizations find, qualify and engage talent.
Officially marketed as a LinkedIn-based lead generation tool, Headreach can also be used effectively to find the emails and social profiles of potential candidates.
This sourcing tool allows you to build talent pools collaboratively that can then be sent straight to your ATS. Best of all, it is free for 2 pools.
Post your job on HireKeep and their algorithm will determine which candidates meet the “affinity threshold” to match with your company. The software will even schedule interviews with those who have matched.
HiringSolved offers features that are not common in sourcing tools including Diversity Search (a tool to help increase workplace diversity), Scan (automatic updating of outdated records in your ATS and CRM) and Verticals (algorithms designed to find candidates in specific industries).
Typical sourcing tools force recruiters to do tedious, time-consuming tasks such as resume screening and keyword-based searches. Ideal uses artificial intelligence to automate sourcing, resume screening, initial candidate outreach and even interview scheduling.
Joblyon has a strong focus on on creating beautiful job postings that will be readily shared on social media.
Their flagship product, Arya, uses artificial intelligence to identify talent that not only has the right skills but also is aligned with the corporate culture.
Recruit’em is a powerful free search tool that lets you use Google to search for profiles across various platforms including LinkedIn.
SeekOut is a recruiter-friendly tool for sourcing passive candidates, with a database of over 100 M US professionals. Their search engine can handle complicated queries and find fresh candidates using a combination of AI and over 20 filters. You can also get email addresses for candidates in one click and export profiles in bulk to integrate with your existing workflow.
Calling themselves a “data driven employee referral platform”, Simppler helps employees of a company find candidates for open positions within their own networks.
Talemetry integrates with your ATS and allows you to post job ads, source candidates, build talent pipelines and manage candidate relationships in a single platform.
TextRecruit lets you manage communications with your candidates over text, increasing interaction rates significantly.
Boomerang allows you to schedule emails to be sent later and reminds you about old emails that you have archived, ensuring that you never forget to respond to a candidate or client.
Although not specifically geared towards the recruiting market, IFTTT lets you create “applets” that combine different services together. For example, you can get an e-mail notification when a LinkedIn contact changes jobs.
Populate keeps headcount data in one place so that managers and stakeholders can review and approve headcount or budget changes and you can review your analytics to help with your comprehensive HR strategy.
If you want to experience email automation on steroids, you should check out Reply, the tool of choice for mixed email drip/phone call-based campaigns. With integrations with a variety of popular marketing tools, including Bullhorn, Reply will assist with email inbox management and save you up to 35% of the time spent messaging clients and candidates.
Recruitz.io is a programmatic job advertising platform that helps corporations and staffing agencies create and execute high-quality recruitment marketing campaigns. Using artificial intelligence, it helps recruiters reach top talent on the media channels they actually use.
Calling themselves “automation for busy people”, Zapier lets you move data between web apps automatically (perhaps a recruitment marketing platform and ATS), saving you time and ensuring data integrity.