Cool New Web Recruiting Tools

SEMA News—July 2018


By Joe Dysart

Cool New Web Recruiting Tools

Easily Snag the Best Job Candidates

There is no shortage of new web recruiting tools you can use to attract job applicants from your website as well as social-media sites.

With unemployment at a stunningly low 4.1%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, ensuring that your business is working with the latest web recruiting tools is crucial.

“Job creation has been steadily increasing ever since the recession, forcing recruiters to double their efforts to fill positions with quality candidates,” said Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite, an applicant tracking software. “As a result, recruiters must now go above and beyond, creating a compelling employer brand and an exceptional candidate experience.”

Fortunately, there is no shortage of new web recruiting tools you can use to attract job applicants from your website as well as social-media sites like Facebook (, LinkedIn ( and Indeed (

But before you sign on for your new dream tool, be sure that it’s able to integrate seamlessly with your company’s website, email and other pertinent legacy systems, said Sheetal Kale, a digital and content evangelist at cloud services provider Alcor Solutions. You’ll also want to verify that the software is mobile-friendly so that both sets of users—your company’s recruiters and the people stopping by your website to apply for jobs—can do so on their smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices.

You’ll also want to ensure that you have easy social-media integration, Kale said. Essentially, a good web recruiting tool should make it easy for you to share jobs on a wide variety of social-media platforms.

Also be sure that your new recruiting tool easily manages those most golden of job candidates: referrals you receive from your current employees. The best web recruiting systems ensure that employees who refer excellent candidates are automatically given bonuses. And they also make it intuitive for your employees to log onto your web recruiting system to post a referral.

Overall, look for a system that’s easy to use and maintain, Kale said. That may mean bypassing software imbued with every bell and whistle. But in the long run, it’s more important that your web recruiting system is used rather than held in awe.

The market is currently flooded with more than 100 software tools to attract and manage job candidates. Below is a list of the top 10, according to a 2017 report from (, a firm that specializes in business software evaluation.

Bamboo HR ( Targeted for use by small- and medium-size businesses, Bamboo HR offers a comprehensive system for attracting and managing job candidates online, according to the researchers. The software won’s award for Best HR Management Software for 2016 and is known for enabling small- and medium-size firms to attract job applicants inexpensively.

Zoho Recruit ( This software is specifically designed for businesses with formal human resources departments and features strong résumé management and interview tools, according to the researchers. Zoho Recruit makes it a snap to attract candidates via job boards, social media, and dedicated career pages, and it includes a module to help onboard candidates once they’re hired.

Zoho Recruit also integrates with a wide variety of in-house and third-party applications and is competitively priced, given its wide array of features.

CEO Colin Day’s iCIMS software is designed to comb through resumes submitted to your company online to find the best potential candidates based on indicators that you select.

iCIMS ( This is another comprehensive web recruiting suite that offers separate modules for recruiting, connecting and onboarding job candidates. iCIMS is designed to comb through résumés submitted to your company online to find the best potential candidates based on indicators that you select. It also automates your job postings to more than 300 job boards and other job-seeker hangouts on the web and enables you to quickly personalize communication with job candidates who enter your system.

Oracle Taleo ( Backed by one of the most widely respected names in computing, Taleo is specifically designed for companies with formalized human resources departments that are looking for an extremely comprehensive web recruiting toolset. Taleo is known for setting the precedent in recruitment marketing and automates virtually every facet of the online recruitment process, according to researchers. The software is also designed to be extremely flexible: Users can easily pick and choose modules that work best for them, while leaving others behind.

Jobvite ( A long-established name in online recruiting, Jobvite is split into three modules: sourcing, hiring and onboarding. Its mobile hiring app is particularly strong, and the software also comes with a reporting and analytics suite, according to researchers. Jobvite can also be used to quickly build your own careers-and-jobs domain on your website and includes the ability to screen job applicants via video.

Security is another strong feature: Jobvite comes complete with built-in firewalls, transport layer security, distributed denial-of-service data mitigation, identity management and alert notifications, according to researchers.

SmartRecruiters ( This is probably one of the most easily customizable web recruiting tools currently available, according to researchers. In practice, this means that you should be able to easily adapt SmartRecruiters to the way you already manage your hiring.

Lever ( Like iCIMS, Lever is designed to comb through resumes submitted online to your company to find the best potential candidates based on indicators that you select. There are also plenty of custom reports available, and the software can sync easily with your calendars and email system.

Newton ( Designed for firms with a formalized human resources department, Newton offers users the ability to post career pages and job postings along with a seasoned kit of hiring and interviewing tools. It also helps with candidate background checks and governmental regulation compliance related to hiring.

Recruiterbox ( This software eschews resumes and instead enables companies to design custom online questionnaires that enable them to attract the kind of employees they’re really looking for. It broadcasts job openings to a wide array of web job sites and enables everyone in the company HR department to easily communicate with one another about candidates using posts and attached documents.

Greenhouse ( Another program designed specifically for small and medium-size businesses, Greenhouse broadcasts job openings across the web and then enables you to manage prospective candidates with interviews, scorecards and detailed profile evaluations. The software is also well-suited to managing a large hiring team that is looking to communicate easily and effortlessly on the system. 

Joe Dysart is an internet speaker and business consultant based in Manhattan.


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