To support this growing need, we’ve seen a fantastic ecosystem of new tools and technologies evolve to make sourcing far more efficient (and far smarter).
We’ve broken down 13 sourcing tools that every recruiter should consider, and collected a number of our favourite sourcing articles and resources from around the web.
To simplify things we’ve broken these tools down into 4 distinct categories. Here we go…
There are a LOT of tools out there that we haven’t covered, if you have any suggestions that you think we’ve missed, tweet us at @BeameryHQ
CRM and Software
What do you do once you’ve found a new candidate? Where do they go?
Ideally, you want to avoid spreadsheets and stop using paper-based processes, they’re great when you’re starting out but they can quickly become cumbersome and unmanageable.
Your ATS isn’t designed to manage candidates before they’ve applied either, so that’s out of the question.
The answer is simple: you need to start using a recruiting CRM.
Here are a few of the best:
We’ve built Beamery as a complete platform to manage (and convert) your hiring leads. It’s software that we’re obviously pretty partial to, but we wouldn’t be suggesting it here if we didn’t think you could really benefit from taking a look.
From start to finish, our aim has been to make sourcing and engaging talent totally seamless.
The Chrome Extension reduces sourcing directly from web-pages to a matter of clicks. Beamery then automatically finds social and professional information for every candidate and aggregates it into rich profiles, (so you have the context for every conversation).
From the CRM, recruiters can run then Recruitment Marketing campaigns to engage and nurture new candidates, and see detailed engagement analytics (e.g. website visits and email opens/clicks). This combination gives recruiters 400% more responses from hard to reach passive talent.
The Avature CRM lets recruiters harness social media to source, connect, and engage Talent.
They can leverage viral behavior, multichannel marketing, and fully branded landing pages for high impact passive candidate recruiting.
Avature helps you get better results by engaging with talent before genuine business demand.
When you’re hunting for your next great hire you’ve got little time to waste. To stay on track, you need something that can capture candidate information in a matter of clicks.
This is why browser extensions are such a great tool in the sourcing armoury.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Connectifier combines a browser extension with a sizeable candidate database to provide sourcers with a great candidate research tool.
Their ‘Auto-Search’ sidebar gives recruiters more information about candidates, including email addresses and phone numbers, and makes it easy to reach out.
Recruiters can also access Connectifer’s sizeable candidate database to help with their search.
The Archively bookmarklet is great for capturing candidate information on the go. Their tool can grab any page from any site and create a profile about that person.
You’re not restricted to adding from LinkedIn. Recruiters can build candidate profiles out of a mix of social, video, press, blogs, directory information.
Recruiters can then organize candidates into ‘collections’ and share their new pipeline with colleagues.
How do you know how many great candidates are out there if you can’t find them? It’s a recruiting problem as old as time…
Fortunately, nowadays there are a number of search engine products that index talent and make them easily searchable.
Here are a few of our favourites:
Entelo is a robust talent search engine that pulls in candidates and relevant work experience from a range of online sources.
They also have a “listening” function (a little like a recruitment specific version of Google Alerts) which helps recruiters see what’s happening with passive candidates they’ve targeted.
Talentbin aggregates all relevant candidate data into one rich profiles. Their algorithm collates a range of social data giving you complete context on every candidate.
All of this data is entirely searchable and makes it easy to find passive candidates (and then sync their profiles to your ATS). TalentBin also lets you access their unique search functionality inside your recruiting platform.
Gild focuses on finding technical talent through candidate search and scoring.
Their platform relies on an element of predictive intelligence to help recruiters surface the right candidates for their company and make smarter hiring decisions.
Sourcing.io has been designed to help companies source engineering talent more effectively. They’ve set up a targeted database of engineers that companies can search and filter.
Engineers are ranked by community contributions (a significant indicator of quality that is often overlooked), existing network size and a whole load of other variables based on your requirements.
Communities and marketplaces
What’s the one thing that every recruiter wishes they could have more of? Time.
These talent communities and marketplaces aim to take a lot of the assessment and screening responsibilities off your team’s shoulders and just provide high quality talent for you to browse.
Here are a few that we like:
Hired is a candidate marketplace focused on connecting fast-growing companies with top technical, and more recently, sales talent.
Hired takes care of the “top of funnel” filtering for you. Their initial assessments filter out the majority of the applications that are sent their way and ensure that everyone you see is high quality.
Companies then compete every week to interview and hire the remaining candidates.
In the age of the passive candidate, White Truffle is unique in the sense that everyone is ‘active’ and wants to be there!
WhiteTruffle try and make hiring smarter by matching companies with candidates based on 50+ “signals” and recruiters receive new candidate matches direct to their inbox.
Interested in stepping up your graduate hiring? Looksharp is a graduate network that makes it easy to make intern or entry-level hires from colleges across America.
Companies browse rich profiles to find candidates that fit their plans and can set up company profiles to raise brand awareness amongst the student population and communicate what their company culture is really like.
Recruitifi turns hiring into a team game by letting companies broadcast their hard to fill opening to a network of over 250+ expert recruiters (that have all been carefully vetted).
It’s also a great place for independent recruiters. They can join and connect their candidates to relevant job openings as soon as they appear.
HireArt focuses on providing quality candidates for the sales, marketing and customer success verticals. They make your job easier by curating and qualifying the best candidates with online tests and video interviews.
Work samples and prior video interviews for every candidate are also made available on the site, making it easy to quickly grade talent and make more informed decisions.
Our favourite resources from around the web
We’ve added a few our favourite blogs and resources from around the web below. No matter your sourcing ability, these are great places to learn and pick up new tricks.
There is a incredible amount of awesome information out there, so if you think we’ve left anyone off just shoot us a tweet to @BeameryHQ and we’ll take a look.
i) Boolean Blackbelt (Blog)
Glen Cathey is quite simply a master. The KForce recruiter’s blog is stuffed full of great resources and tips for sourcers of every level.
Hungry sourcers can find plenty of information on boolean, social recruiting and messaging passive candidates to whet their appetite on.
Our favourite article: Sourcing & Recruiting Candidate Funnel and Output Calculator
ii) Jim Stroud (Blog)
Randstad Sourceright recruiter Jim Stroud’s blog covers all manner of recruiting sins. Readers can expect anything from job-seeker advice to explicit sourcing tactics.
A key differentiator for us is Stroud’s use of video as a content medium. It helps make this blog truly special.
Our favourite article: The one recruiting metric we all overlook (not strictly about sourcing but it’s great)
iii) Balazs and the Magic Sourcing World (Blog)
Another Randstad Sourceright talent scout, Balazs Paroczay’s blog is a fantastic resource for any sourcers keen to learn more about their craft.
Make sure you don’t miss Balazs’ amazing “Sourcing Duels” with colleague Jim Stroud.
Our favourite article: The Facebook Sourcing Tutorial Part 1
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