For recruiters, there are plenty of great online sourcing tools to use. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites to help you streamline and get the most from your sourcing efforts. We’ve started by listing some excellent options for sourcing candidates before listing some tools you can use to communicate with candidates, too. Happy hunting!
Hunter is an excellent addition to any recruiter’s online sourcing toolkit. It lets you find email addresses instantly, from any website and it works particularly well on LinkedIn. For recruiters, this makes sourcing candidate details a breeze and you can even build lists of the candidates you’ve sourced in LinkedIn search pages.
Hiretual is a great tool for sourcing, especially for junior recruiters. It provides you with an AI sourcing assistant that works behind the scenes 24/7 on whatever sourcing tasks you assign it. An especially cool thing about Hiretual is its Boolean building tools. You can use Hiretual to create Boolean strings around specific jobs or even based on a candidate’s details making it much simpler to not only source, but match candidates to jobs, too.
StalkFace lets you search a candidate’s Facebook URL bringing up information on what they do on Facebook including: what photos they’ve liked, what groups they’ve joined, and what stories they’ve commented on. This app lets you develop a good understanding of who a candidate is, and although you can already search Facebook for this information, StalkFace compiles it all into one easy to review list.
Built by a team from Google, Microsoft, Berkely, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford, Connectifier comes with credentials. It’s the only company on this list to have partnered with LinkedIn. This app lets you discover and engage with top talent by providing you with email addresses and other social data. It enables you to aggregate social data from over one million public websites providing you with deeper insights so you can personalise and send effective, targeted messages to prospects and candidates.
Want to know the best way to talk to a specific candidate before you meet them? Use Charlie. Charlie combs through hundreds of online sources, compiling a detailed one page outline of a candidate providing you with information on their work history, any common connections you share, alongside data on what the candidate likes. This makes small talk simple. Charlie will also send you research two minutes before your meeting starts so you’ll always be armed with the right information to make good conversation easy.
We’ve written about WhatsApp before and there are plenty of good reasons to use the social networking tool in recruitment. But for communicating with candidates and prospects it’s especially useful. You can easily reach candidates in any country around the world for free. Plus, it’s a private way to connect with candidates and they’ll view the message on their smartphone making it simpler for you to reach out to them – even during working hours.
Lastly, a slightly off the wall tool – Shapr. Shapr helps recruiters build relationships with candidates. Built around an algorithm that plugs into your LinkedIn account, the app enables you to easily reach nearby candidates. All you need to do is fill in your bio (age, name, location etc.), and then just like another famous networking app, swipe right to accept, or left to reject a potential connection. If you’d like to know more about how Shapr could work for you in recruitment, read Eugenie’s story. She made four job offers and signed one new client in just three weeks using Shapr.
So, those are 7 of the best online tools for sourcing in recruitment. Each one provides specific benefits, and each one shows that sourcing has come a long way from cold calling candidates in their lunch break. Use some (or all) of the apps listed, streamline your sourcing efforts, and you’ll find it much easier to find, engage, and place candidates.
Of course, there’s one other tool that’s great for recruiters to use: email. Get started with effective recruitment email campaigns by downloading our free eBook below.
About the Author: Working as our Blog Manager, Andy plans, writes, and edits articles and blog posts for Firefish Software. He holds an MA in Professional Writing, and in the early mornings is known to gravitate towards the nearest coffee pot.