Recruiters are looking at more ways to source candidates particularly for top talent. No more are job boards and LinkedIn enough to find the right candidate. Many large companies, have dedicated recruiters who source candidates irrespective of existing job openings. Most smaller companies, rely on external recruiting firms. Here are a few sourcing tools that these recruiting firms rely on. Some of them are free while a few of them, their advanced versions might be paid. Try their free trial period offers to check what they can do for your company.

  1. Connectifier

Recruiters can add this as a chrome extension and immediately get access to over 450 million candidate resumes. It is was founded by two ex-Google employees and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of LinkedIn. Connectifier Auto Searchpops up from your web extension every time you view a profile on LinkedIn recruiter, it will provide you more details such as email address and social media links.  You get it as a free add-on if you have a LinkedIn recruiter account else you will need to purchase it separately. Spoiler alert, this is only available for recruiters in USA as of now.

2. Hiretual

If  you are not a large recruiting firm, then the free format ‘Lite’ of Hiretual might be enough for you. It only allows you to find 10 contacts each week. For more searches you will need all the additional features a professional account will give you.

Hiretual works by pulling together all your candidates whether they are in your ATS, job boards or resume databases. It evaluates all candidates based on the job requirements and gives you a ranking of your best candidates. It integrates with your Gmail or Outlook so that you can directly contact suitable candidate

3. Rapportive

This is becoming one of the most popular free sourcing toolsthat can be added as an extension to your Gmail. It shows everything about your contacts right within your mailbox. What you can see is their profile picture and what they do and where they are based. Since it uses LinkedIn for information, your contact must have a profile there. Rapportive free sourcing tools extension is available on LinkedIn and works only on Chrome and Firefox. Like most professional recruiting tools, this has also been acquired by LinkedIn. It is available as ‘Lite’ for free LinkedIn members. The Premium version is available for LinkedIn sales navigator subscribers.

4. Recruit’em

This is one of the completely free candidate sourcing methods that makes use of Google’s access to multiple sites.Recruit’em  gives you a search interface where you can enter location, keywords etc and it will search LinkedIn as well as GooglePlus, Dribble, GitHub , Stack Overflow etc. to find potential candidates from different sources . Searches can be saved and run again anytime you need. With Boolean searches on different professional websites, this makes it one of the must-have candidate sourcing methods, particularly when it comes to jobs in IT.

5. OctoHR

This is one of the completely free sourcing tools that must be downloaded as a chrome extension. OctoHr is one of the technology job candidate sourcing methods that is particularly useful to find more information about developers. It will also simplify new candidate search on GitHub itself. OctoHR finds the skill summary for a developer as well as hidden email contact making it an important recruiter tool.

6. Mine Your Own ATS

If you are using an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) then you already have access to a good candidate database. Just because a candidate might not have been right for another position, does not mean that they might not fit a new position opening up. If you do not have an ATS, then using your existing candidate database will be too time-consuming.

Resumemantra is a free applicant tracking system for recruiters that helps you get started with using a simple and efficient process. Contact us today to get you started.