At Bramwith, we love working in recruitment. We think it’s the best job on the planet. But we also know that it’s tough, and it can be challenging. Pretty much every day of the week, recruitment professionals have to juggle a bewildering amount of tasks, remember to follow up on a billion promises, and recall a zillion names and resumes. To top it all off we have to be available to our team members and our clients who rely on us to strengthen their teams. And be there for our candidates, whose career ambitions are in our hands. No wonder we sometimes need that extra coffee in the morning!
Luckily, there is a raft of fantastic tech tools out there to help us in our mission. Many of which are free or great value for money. So, grab that coffee and take five out of your busy schedule to discover some of the top tech tools for recruiters.
Applicant tracking systems
If you aren’t using an applicant tracking system already, you should make this a priority. There are plenty of great choices on the market, so take some time to choose the right one for your business. Popular and reputable systems include Oracle Taleo, Jobvite, and SmartRecruiters. By managing your applicant tracking system well, you can save time on screening, shortlisting, and communicating with your candidates.
Common features of applicant tracking systems include:
Calendar Management with Calendly
Ever feel like scheduling interviews takes up way too much of your recruitment process? Make seemingly endless email chains and missed calls a thing of the past with this handy calendar management tool. Simply add your availability onto the Calendly platform and send out a link to candidates, or embed it in your website. Once the recipient has picked a time, your calendar updates automatically and you can get on with more important business.
Social Media Management Tools
The top recruiters know that social media is a vital platform for recruitment. But it takes time, and time is precious. Fortunately, there are some great social media management tools out there to help you schedule posts, handle messages, choose the best hashtags, get your message right, and communicate more effectively with your audience. What’s more, they’re great value for money - and sometimes free! It’s best to keep your platform usage to one or two, to keep things simple. Hootsuite and Buffer are industry leaders and allow you to manage multiple platforms in one place. Hootsuite is particularly good for social listening tools and Buffer is perfect for recruiters who need to schedule lots of social media posts. You want to make sure you reach the right candidates at the exact time they’re looking, after all.
Prophet Extension for Google Chrome
The Prophet Extension for Google Chrome is a great time-saving solution for recruiters. With just one click you can retrieve up to 600 candidate’s emails, work history, social media profiles, education, and location for free. That’s right - free. Prophet makes it easy to search for and identify a wide range of qualified individuals. You can target specific skills, job titles, past employers, experience, location, and much more. Once you’ve narrowed your search you can add them to a list and access each candidate’s email in a single click.
Download the Prophet Extension for Google Chrome.
If you’re looking to improve gender diversity in your recruiting - and if you aren’t, you should be - then this tool is definitely worth a look. Simply paste the text from your proposed job ad into the handy Gender Decoder tool and it will check the language to make sure it is not biased towards men or women. It will highlight the words that could be coded towards one gender so you can make sure your language is inclusive and fair. The result? Neutrally toned ads that show your business promotes gender diversity and inclusion. It should also help you reach a larger pool of qualified candidates.
Effective time tracking with Toggl
Now, don’t worry, this isn’t some dystopian surveillance tool. It’s simply a handy way of keeping track of how you’re spending your time so you can find ways to boost efficiency, increase productivity, and maintain focus. Toggl is free to use and lets you track individual tasks and measure how long you’re spending on different projects. It’s like a timesheet - but better! Toggl also useful for sharing the data with your manager. This information can support requests for resources - or even a pay increase!
Find out more or sign up to Toggl.
We hope these tips for the best tech tools for recruiters have helped you find ways you could save time, resources, and reduce the need for way too many coffees in one day! We’d love to hear how you get on, or what your favorites are. So, let us know on our social media channels. And if you could use a little extra help with recruitment or would like to have a chat about your future personnel plans, talk to us today. We can help.
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