6 Best Recruiting Tools Of 2018 [Infographic]In 2018, hiring volume is again predicted to increase with 61% of recruiters expecting to hire more people.
According to SourceCon’s State Of Sourcing Survey, increased hiring volume coupled with stagnant recruiter headcount means the most important trend to learn and understand for recruiters are tools and technology.
Here’s a list of the 6 best recruiting tools you should be using in 2018 summarized in an infographic.
Recruiting tool #1: AI for screening
2017 was the year of AI and automation tools and adoption will only pick up steam in 2018.
One of the best recruiting tools of 2018 will be AI to automate screening because it helps solve a major challenge for recruiters: too much volume.
Jobvite reports the typical high-volume job posting receives more than 250 resumes with 65% of these resumes ignored on average.
Designed to integrate with your existing ATS, automated screening software uses AI to learn what good candidates look like based on your past hiring decisions.
The software learns what your employees’ experience, skills, and other qualifications are and then applies that knowledge to automatically screen, grade, and shortlist new candidates (e.g., from A to D).
The benefits of using AI for screening are the potential to reduce your cost per hire by 70% and reduce time to hire from 34 to 9 days.
Recruiting tool #2: Rediscovering previous candidates
Virtually unknown as a concept in 2017, candidate rediscovery is the practice of mining the existing resumes in your ATS to source prior applicants for a current req.
Software that allows you to conduct this type of rediscovery is poised to become one of the best recruiting tools of 2018 because a typical ATS isn’t set up to be able to easily search and rank previous candidates for current job openings so
Rediscovery is different from keyword or boolean searches because it uses AI to learn the requirements of the role and then scans resumes to find candidates with matching qualifications.
In 2018, candidate rediscovery will gain interest as a tool that allows you to tap into the talent pool that you’ve already spent resources attracting, sourcing, and engaging.
Recruiting tool #3: Recruitment chatbot
Recruitment chatbots were introduced to the market in 2017 and are poised to gain serious attention in 2018.
As a recruiting tool, a chatbot uses natural language processing to understand text like a human would.
The main functions of a recruitment chatbot is to streamline the top of the funnel by providing real-time, on-demand communication to candidates. Its functions include answering FAQs about the job, providing feedback and updates, and scheduling a follow up or interview with a human recruiter.
One of the biggest trends in 2018 will be candidate experience.
A recruitment chatbot holds the potential to massively improve the candidate experience by enabling time-strapped recruiters to provide unlimited and instantaneous, albeit electronic, touch points.
Recruiting tool #4: De-biasing software
Unconscious bias was a huge topic in 2017 and an entire industry of de-biasing recruiting software has sprung up in reaction.
Specifically, recruiting tools that use AI to identify and remove bias from job descriptions, resume screening, and sourcing.
These recruiting tools use AI to fight unconscious bias during the sourcing and screening phases by ignoring candidates’ demographics (e.g., implied race, gender, and age) from their resumes and online profiles.
Related to bias, workplace diversity will continue to be a big focus in recruiting in 2018 and tools that work to diversify the candidate pool will be in hot demand.
Recruiting tool #5: Super-targeting job ads
2017 saw the introduction of targeted job descriptions and this trend will continue in the next year.
New methods of job ads include re-targeting candidates (e.g., advertising your role to people who’ve visited your company website before) and geo-targeting (e.g., advertising your role to people physically nearby).
With a tighter labour market and the spray and pray model of sourcing officially dead, recruiters will be eager for better tools to get their job postings in front of the right eyeballs.
Recruiting tool #6: Recruitment marketing software
2018 will be the year that candidate experience finally gets its due. A big part of that push will involve recruitment marketing.
Recruitment marketing is the application of marketing best practices, such as analytics, multi-channel use, targeted messaging, and tech-enabled automation, to attract, engage, and nurture candidates who haven’t yet applied to a job and converting them into applicants by communicating your employer brand and value.
In 2018, recruitment marketing software will be the best tool to create brand awareness of your company and interest in your open roles, attract candidates who self-select themselves into the application process, and keep candidates informed and engaged throughout the recruitment cycle.
Head Data Scientist at Ideal
Ji-A Min is the Head Data Scientist at Ideal. With a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Ji-A promotes best practices in data-based recruitment. She writes about research and trends in talent acquisition, recruitment tech, and people analytics.