Candidate Sourcing tools every recruiter should have

Times are tough. The global pandemic has negatively impacted a lot of companies and economies. However, we could be witnessing the biggest changes in our lifetimes, from work-from-home to no international business travels! Sometimes we wish we can change the world, but sometimes the world changes us; which brings us to the need for adaptation. We need to adapt and evolve for the better. We have thus curated a list of tools which will help you evolve and up your recruiting game.

First things first: We will be sharing a curated list of tools in a series of different blogs. Here’s a list of tools we will cover in the series:

  1. Candidate Sourcing
  2. Candidate Screening
  3. Candidate Assessment
  4. Interview Scheduling
  5. Candidate Engagement

How is candidate sourcing evolving for the better?
We all know candidate sourcing takes a lot of work and time as we search for potential candidates across multiple job boards. However, what if you can actually let AI do all the work, which brings in a curated list of potential fits for the role you are looking for? Yes, you’d save time and better assess the list of potential candidates.

Platforms you can use to source candidates from:

Okay, we won’t feature LinkedIn here since it’s already the first choice for candidate sourcing and you have probably tried it out (If you haven’t tried it out — YOU REALLY NEED TO CHECK IT OUT!)

1. Angellist

Angellist is the world’s largest startup community. You can post jobs, find candidates and manage your entire talent pipeline with AngelList’s complete hiring toolkit. You cannot use this as a job board, but you can find more about potential candidates. You can create your business profile and search over 2,000,000+ potential candidates. Angellist is mostly used as a networking tool and honest communication is required from both sides to earn the rewards! It has 3 pricing plans — Free, Source & A-list.

2. Github

Github is well-known and also one of the biggest platforms for developers. If you are searching for a developer, there are around 31 million of them on Github and it’s probably the best place to look for.

3. Slack
Slack has hundreds of communities where you can look for the right candidate. If you are hiring a designer, there are design communities. If you are hiring a coder, there are coding communities, the same applies for widely known job roles.

4. Medium
Awwww… yes! The platform on which you are currently reading this blog on can help you reach out to experts (like us), influencers, writers, coders, designers and more. You can search for a particular topic and message the owner of the blog if they’d be looking forward to an opportunity!

Information sourcing tools:

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  1. ContactOut
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ContactOut lets you search for anyone’s personal email and phone number on LinkedIn & Github. They even have a search portal where you can find candidates who are not on Linkedin as well. Contactout further claims that it is used by recruiters at 30% of the fortune500 companies!

2. Hiretual

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Hiretual is a tool built by recruiters, for recruiters. It takes care of multiple things in one pipeline which includes — talent pools, 30+ ATS integrations, job boards, resume databases etc. It consolidates candidate profiles from the open web and your internal systems to get the single largest talent pool at your fingertips. It also has diversity and inclusion, contact finding & candidate management tools built-in. Hiretual has three payment options — Lite(Free for up to 10 contacts), Premium ($89/mo) & Pro.

3. Hunter

Hunter is a chrome extension which lets you immediately find E-mail addresses behind websites and LinkedIn profiles. For recruiters, Hunter makes sourcing candidate details much faster and saves from frustration. It also has a confidence score to show you how accurate the information is. Hunter is free to use for up to 50 searches a month. However, if you like the tool and want to search more than 50 times, you can switch to premium plans for the volume which suits you the best.

Improving your job descriptions or ads

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1. Grammarly
Grammarly not only finds mistakes but also recommends better alternatives to words you use in your job descriptions. It helps you write job descriptions much professionally without leaving behind any minor errors. It also gives you a score on how your copy sounds like (confident, pleasing, arrogant etc.)

2. Textio
Textio helps you find the right words by putting the world’s best hiring and language data insights right where you need them. It’s latest features include ATS integrations, age and ability bias interruption and expanded languages and team analytics.

3. Ongig
Ongig is a tool which helps you source better through both text and media. Its text analyser analyzes any gender or unconscious bias, readability, job title and character lengths. It also lets you add employer branding on your job pages by adding pictures, videos, recruiting widgets such as Maps, Glassdoor ratings and other integrations.

4. Glossary Tech
Ever confused with a technology name which you don’t fully understand or completely unaware of? Trust us, Glossary tech is your best friend. It helps you search for tech terms like ‘NodeJS’, ‘Angular2’, ‘Figma’ etc. It comes with a Google Chrome extension and a resume scanner on the site. Ask us the best part? It’s free!

Yes, it requires a lot of work and willpower to be a successful recruiter, but working smartly and using efficient tools will help you climb the stairs faster. We hope you found our list helpful and makes your sourcing efforts more efficient.