As of April 2019, the US unemployment rate fell to one of its lowest rates since before the Great Recession. At 3.6 percent, this statistic is great for workers, but for recruiters, it’s a different story.
Recruiting for in-demand positions is already stressful enough, but a low unemployment rate makes it even more so. Add, too, the fact that April marked 13 consecutive months of job openings officially outnumbering the population of unemployed Americans, and you’ve got a recipe for tough candidate searches.
Many companies beef up their compensation packages, add perks, and even host open mic nights to attract talent, but relying on this alone is risky when finding the right candidate feels like finding someone who can actually sing at an open mic night (unless you also happen to be in Nashville). You’ll need to use state-of-the-art recruiting software to to stay competitive.
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If you’re weighing your options or even conducting initial research, read on. We’ve handpicked six of the best recruiting solutions out there to expedite your search.
The top six recruiting software tools for 2020
The recruiting software marketplace is crowded, so it’s easy to get lost in the sauce when shopping around. We have over 50 recruiting software vendors listed on our site alone at the time of this article’s publication, so we’ve narrowed the list down to some of the top-rated products.
|Average user rating*||3.8/5||4.2/5||4.3/5||4.7/5||4.3/5||4.1/5|
|Works best for||Medium to enterprise||Small to medium||Any size||Any size||Any size||Any size|
|Job board posting||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
*Average rating is based off ratings from industry-leading B2B software review sites.
Jobvite uses continuous candidate engagement (CCE) to help companies make contact with candidates at the right time and in the right way. You can create careers web pages using your company’s branding, and managers can access their own applicants within the system.
While it runs slowly at times and still relies on some manual processes for recruiting, Jobvite remains a market-leading recruitment tool for medium to enterprise-sized businesses.
The Zoho family of software products is known for offering quality, easy-to-use business tools at competitive prices. Zoho Recruit is no exception. The system can take some time to set up, but the software is simple and intuitive to use after that.
Zoho Recruit lacks the room for customization that more high-ticket tools allow, and the dashboard might seem cluttered or difficult to read to new users. But for the price, Zoho Recruit is hard to beat.
Widely recognized as one of the best applicant tracking systems (ATS) on the market, JazzHR is a powerful tool for any recruiter. Organizing candidates into pools based on what stage of the application process they’re in helps you to stay organized and efficient. Customizable workflows let you tailor the recruiting process to how your company works.
JazzHR enjoys high ratings for a reason, but its applicant-facing tools would be better if they included features that save time for applicants. For example, candidates aren’t currently able to create applicant profiles, so candidates submitting multiple applications have to start from scratch every time.
Based out of Sydney, Australia, JobAdder is a crowd favorite among small to medium-sized businesses, though it works well for businesses of any size. JobAdder lets applicants attach video cover letters to their applications—a standout feature considering the majority of recruiting tools don’t support this capability.
You can also organize candidates on boards, a feature reminiscent of Kanban boards in project management software. JobAdder is a strong contestant, but if you’re looking for a tool that allows a high degree of customization, you might consider other tools.
It may be a newcomer to the recruiting software market, but Recruiterbox is already trusted by established brands such as simplehuman, Swift Capital, and Wolfram. Built for smaller businesses, Recruiterbox is easy to use and customize and offers good customer support. The duplication feature makes it easy to combine multiple applications from the same person into one profile, but apart from this, Recruiterbox is a little light on features.
SmartRecruiter is known for its unique recruitment agency marketplace. This allows recruiters to select candidates from a variety of recruitment agencies, all from within the SmartRecruiter system. The system features a clean user interface (UI), easy integration with third-party software, and customized workflows.
SmartRecruiter is priced slightly higher than some of its competitors, and some users cite slow operation and limited reporting as points of frustration.
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