Human resources technology is always improving, and these days it's not hard to find the right tool to make any part of the hiring process more efficient. In fact, there are so many options out there it can be hard to know where to begin! But if you're looking for a new tool for your recruiting toolbox, then you're in the right place. MatcHR, a sourcing and recruiting firm that helps companies find and hire developers has compiled a list of the best tools to optimize your sourcing and recruiting process.
Before you can hire developers, you have to find them. Here are some great sourcing tools that will make it easier for you to identify active and passive job seekers so that you're ready to fill any opening.
TweetBeaver allows you to search for certain communities by keyword (e.g., “java”) and then collect the data for you so you don't have to pore over endless tweets copying and pasting promising candidates. After you build a list, TweetBeaver can enhance it with additional information, like LinkedIn URLs.
AmazingHire is one of the best tools on the market to help find and hire developers. It combines different data sources based on a Boolean search and finds all relevant tech candidates. Then it enriches their profiles with information from their active social media profiles (e.g., Github, Stackoverflow, Facebook, and LinkedIn).
Spire allows you to upload a database of candidates with email addresses so that you can deliver automated email campaigns asking for their resumes. It then matches these resumes to your vacancies.
Data miner is a web scraping tool with scripts that will pull information from different websites so you don't have to copy and paste everything. They also offer tutorials so that you can create your own scripts if the website you need doesn't have an existing script.
Phantombuster is a more powerful alternative to Data Miner. It has scripts for all major social media platforms and can extract more data from LinkedIn profiles including skills, endorsements and previous experience.
Once you have a list of candidates you're interested in, it's time to reach out to them. These outreach tools will help you find promising candidates' contact information and get in touch with them. Then you'll have a large candidate pool to draw from the next time you need to hire developers.
One of the most popular free email finding tools, Contact Out is a Chrome Extension that overlays Linkedin profiles with additional data, including phone numbers, email addresses, and social media profiles.
Trinlsy is an automated email follow-up tool that integrates with LinkedIn. It allows you to send automated email follow-up messages to candidates or prospects while keeping track of your results. You can also use it to send bulk email campaigns.
SignalHire is another tool to help you find candidates' email addresses. You can also upload a list of profiles and match them to their corresponding email addresses.
If you're looking to help your employees get more done, these productivity tools will make everyone on your hiring team more efficient. That will they'll be able to spend less time on tedious tasks and more time working to hire developers.
The Clipboard History Pro is copy and pasting on steroids. It saves everything you copy to your clipboard so that you can search across your entire history.
If Clipboard History Pro is copy and pasting on steroids, Multi-highlight is the Ctrl+F equivalent. It's a Chrome extension that enables you to search and highlight multiple words at once. You can use it to search for multiple keywords in resumes, your ATS, Google Sheets, or anywhere else in your browser.
Auto Text Expander makes it so that you can create shortcuts for words, sentences, and even paragraphs. Just start typing the shortcut and the tool will add the full text automatically. This is great for things like boilerplate emails.
Gender Decoder is designed to help you increase diversity at your company. It does that by indicating how you can adjust your job descriptions to avoid gender-specific words and connotations in your language.
It is a quick way to check whether you've inadvertently used subtle linguistic gender-coding in your job posts.
For example, here's the information it provides for a job description from the University of Washington:
This tool gives you a bird's eye view of a candidate's work history when you're looking at their LinkedIn profile. It's a browser extension that automatically extracts CV profile data from Linkedin and Linkedin Recruiter to display their experience in an interactive timeline.
Vidyard is an easy tool to use for screen recording and video sharing. You can create and share videos within seconds to save time on having to explain something through email or Slack. You can also use it to reach out to candidates with personal videos. Then you can call-to-actions in the video so that the candidate can schedule an interview from within the video.
Google reports that this tool is the most popular extension in the Chrome Store. No surprise there. Who likes ads? AdBlock blocks all advertising on the pages you visit including banners ads and pesky pop-ups.
How many browser tabs do you have open now? If you said, "a lot," then you might want to check out OneTab. OneTab creates a list of your open tabs so that it's easier for you to find the one you need when you're looking for it. In addition to making it easier to find the right tab, it makes your computer run faster because tabs in OneTab use 95% less memory.
This browser extension loads paginated web pages automatically. For example, if you need to go through 10-50 pages of the LinkedIn profiles, it pulls them all into one page so you can scroll through them all at once. In other words, it combines all of the search results into one page for easier browsing or data scraping.
Applicant Tracking Systems
Whether your hiring process is a disorganized mess or you're just looking to further optimize your current approach, a good Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a must-have.
Greenhouse is an industry-leading hiring software that brings many of the tools you need for efficient hiring under one roof. They have solutions for recruiting, onboarding, and more with options to meet the needs of companies of all sizes, from small to enterprise.
If you're an agency and you need a tool that makes it easy to evaluate candidates with your clients, Hello Talent might be a good fit. It allows you to build talent pools that you can share with your clients. This means you can give clients access to see your talent pool, leave comments, and address whether a candidate is what they're looking for.
Dust off your toolbox
Now that we've given you some ideas, it's time to dust off your toolbox, open it up, and see what you're missing and what needs to be replaced. While you're looking, how's your pre-employment testing toolset looking?
If it's time to replace your rusty old online skills testing platform, take a look at TestGorilla. Our screening tests help you identify the best candidates and make your hiring decisions faster, easier, and bias-free.