Best Candidate Sourcing Tools - December 2020

The Best Talent Sourcing Tools, ROI Calculator, Questions to ask vendors, and More

The best sourcing tools allow your talent acquisition team to reach new talent pools, and quickly engage relevant people to close your hardest to fill reqs. We’ve done dozens of demos and talked to some of the most successful recruiting teams out there to understand what the best sourcing platforms are, and how you can leverage them.

Below is our list of the best candidate sourcing tools, along with everything else we think you need to know when buying these types of tools from ROI to questions to ask on demos.

It’s important to note that sourcing software is great for teams that need to augment their existing sourcing capabilities, or to fully outsource the process.  They also work for companies of any size or industry - the main criteria to get value of out these tools is that you must have a need for hard to find talent.

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We track thousands of HRTech solutions, these are the best Sourcing tools and services per our research and expert council as of March 2020

Hiretual

Review

Hiretual has a massive database of candidates that is perfect for sourcers and recruiters who are looking for hard to find candidates. As a user, you can run searches to find people to reach out to, and then put them into an outreach campaign.

Hiretual

Stats

  • Hiretual pulls candidate data from over 45 platforms.
  • With Hiretual, clients can browse over 750M candidate profiles.

Hiretual

Pricing:

  • Basic: This plan is free of charge and is ideal for users who want to try Hiretual.
  • Premium: This plan costs $79 per month ($948 annually) and is ideal for individuals interested in finding contact information. 
  • Essential: This plan costs  $169 per month ($2,028 annually) and is ideal for individuals who want to source and engage candidates faster.
  • Enterprise: This plan is ideal for larger collaborative teams who are interested in an AI-powered candidate search and data hub. Contact Hiretual’s sales team for pricing.

Best For

Companies of all sizes looking for scalable, AI-powered talent sourcing solution.

Worth Checking Out:

In addition to sourcing, Hiretual allows for candidate re-discovery in your existing databases.

Arya

Review

The Arya AI recruiting platform from Leoforce builds shortlists of quality candidates based on your job description. These shortlists come from the open web, as well as your own ATS/CRM. The platform also includes a multi-channel candidate engagement suite that allows you to quickly and easily reach out to these candidates, ask them screening questions, and schedule the relevant candidates with your recruiters. Needless to say, this decreases cost per hire and time to fill.

Arya

Stats

  • 10,000+ clients
  • 40 million candidates sourced
  • Over 50 professional social channels for sourcing
  • Championed by 6,000 recruiters globally

Arya

Pricing:

Arya's pricing starts with Arya Pulse, which is for low volume or infrequent hiring needs. You get to pay per job, with options ranging from $200 to $600. For larger recruitment needs, they offer subscription-based pricing that's customized.

Best For

Arya is available in several editions (see Pricing), so it can easily meet the needs and budgets of enterprises and SMBs.

Worth Checking Out:

TopFunnel offers an automated sourcing solution designed to augment your recruiters’ outreach so that they can focus on talking to candidates. It’s offered both as a tool or managed service and boasts customers like ZeroCater and Coinbase.

TopFunnel

Stats

TopFunnel

Pricing

The pricing of TopFunnel’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. Contact their sales team for a price quote.

Best For

Companies looking for an integrated platform that does candidate sourcing, relationship management, engagement and scheduling.

Worth Checking Out:

You can play around with a free version of TopFunnel on their website.

HireSweet is a simple AI-powered sourcing tool that hiring managers, founders, and talent acquisition pros can all use to engage talent. Their offering will build shortlists of passive candidates based on your open reqs. The tool will then deploy automated sequences that come from your email, or a colleague (in the case where a recruiter wants the CTO to be reaching out). It'll learn how to find better candidates based on your feedback using AI and can either charge on a subscription or fee for hire basis.

HireSweet

Stats

Companies using HireSweet have reported the following results:

  • 24 days time-to-hire reduction
  • 26% increase in recruiters efficiency
  • 45% reduction in sourcing time

HireSweet

Pricing

The pricing of HireSweet.io’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. Contact their sales team for a price quote.

Best For

Companies looking to source and qualify candidates faster.

Worth Checking Out:

Gem has taken many of the best practices your sales team uses, and applied them to your recruiters’ workflows when engaging candidates. Sourcers and recruiters can use Gem to capture the information of relevant candidates, reach out to them through multistage campaigns, and see what’s working through analytics. Plus, this activity all integrates with your ATS.  Their customer base includes Dropbox, Pinterest, Slack and many more.

Gem

Stats

Clients can source talent 4x faster with Gem. 

Gem

Pricing

The cost of the Gem platform depends on a few factors, such as the size of your team or any custom work that needs to be done (e.g. ATS integrations). Contact Gem’s sales team to learn more.

Best For

Businesses looking to expedite their talent sourcing practices.

Worth Checking Out:

Loxo's platform is built around making your recruiting team more efficient. What makes Loxo unique from other CRMs is that they have an up-to-date database of 530 million people with their personal contact information. Their technology helps recruiters to build lists of candidates, outreach through automated sequences of texts/emails/calls/Linkedln, and manage every part of the hiring process through their CRM. Companies like Bank of America, All-State, Trinity Health, Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Randstad are using Loxo to decrease time to fill, and cost per hire.

Loxo

Stats

  • Loxo cuts recruiters’ work by up to 80%.
  • Loxo’s directory contains 530+ million people across 95 data sources.
  • Loxo is used by 125,000+ recruiters across the globe.

Loxo

Pricing

  • Free: This plan can only be used by a single user and provides access to a fair amount of Loxo’s baseline features.
  • Premium: This plan has custom pricing, no user limit and provides its users with access to all features the platform has to offer.

Best For

Companies of all sizes looking for a user-friendly talent sourcing and outreach platform.

Worth Checking Out:

Underdog.io allows technology companies to source from their continuously-refreshed pool of vetted talent. Most of their candidates are experienced tech (eng/data science) talent, but they also have product, sales, etc. Recruiters can use booleans to search for the right talent in the right geography (including looking specifically for under represented groups), and then message either in the platform or via email.

Candidates can only stay on the platform for 30 days, which means they are looking for what's next and are responsive to recruiter outreach. They've also done a good job of integrating with the ATS ecosystem to track your activity.

Underdog.io

Stats

  • 95% of companies using the Underdog.io platform are privately-held venture-backed startups.
  • To keep job quality high, Underdog.io turns away more than 50% of the startups that try to join their platform.

Underdog.io

Pricing

The pricing of Underdog.io’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. Contact their sales team for a price quote.

Best For

Companies looking for a curated marketplace for tech talent.

Worth Checking Out:

Wade and Wendy offers an automated AI-based sourcing tool. You provide a req, and it will search their database of 300 million candidates, along with your own ATS. The AI will identify candidates who are a match, and then reach out. It’ll also learn from your feedback on candidates and adapt on targeting. Randstad, eTrade, and Comcast are customers.

Wade and Wendy

Stats

Wade and Wendy

Pricing

The pricing of Wade & Wendy’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. Contact their sales team for a price quote.

Best For

Companies with large in-house recruiting teams as well as recruiting agencies.

Worth Checking Out:

AmazingHiring aggregates professional backgrounds of technical candidates from data they collect across over 70 different sources. The AI will sort candidates by a consolidated rating across their Github, Stack, etc profiles and align this list with your candidate criteria.  There is also the ability to do manual sourcing as well with boolean searches.  

You can then filter candidates by years experience, gender, past job titles/companies, seniority levels, etc.  You can also exclude different sources (like LinkedIn) to give you a better opportunity to find hidden talent that are talent acquisition teams may not know about.

Sourcers and recruiters organize candidates by folder, and then can execute multi stage email sequences that go out via your email client (gmail, outlook, etc).

Lastly, they have a data enrichment feature where you can add relevant information to email lists (name, title, geography, etc), and keep your candidate datasets up to date.

AmazingHiring

Stats

  • 2,000 customers across 400+ companies
  • Built 8 years ago
  • 70 different data sources including LinkedIn, Stackoverflow, Github, etc

AmazingHiring

Pricing

Pricing is based on the number of licenses that you buy, with volume discounts for larger companies.  All contracts are annual and start at $4,800 per seat.  There are also charges for enriching contacts if you want to take advantage of that feature.

Lastly, they do offer custom pricing for individual freelancers who want to use the platform.

Best For

Technical recruiters at growing technology companies, smaller companies that need to hire technical talent, and third party recruiters and staffing agencies who have a high volume of tech hiring.

Worth Checking Out:

Interseller’s platform allows sourcing and full desk recruiting teams to leverage the same powerful technology that sales teams are using to engage prospective customers. Specifically, their tool lets users source talent from the open web via chrome extension, and then put them into email sequences with automated follow up and a layer of intelligence designed to protect your deliverability rates.

Interseller

Stats

Interseller

Pricing

  • Standard: This plan costs $100 per user per month and is ideal for individuals or teams to reach out to new and existing contacts.
  • Recruiter: At $200 per user per month, this plan is ideal for recruiters with complex needs.

Best For

Companies looking for an easy to use candidate sourcing and outreach platform.

Worth Checking Out:

Vettery uses data science and a human touch to match companies with pre-vetted talent. Their online hiring marketplace allows teams to engage with quality tech, sales, and finance candidates across a variety of industries. They offer flexible pricing models to cater to the number of hires a company plans on making.

Vettery

Stats

  • Vettery was launched in 2014. 
  • Vettery has over 20,000 qualified candidates.

Vettery

Pricing

  • Starter Plan: Best for ad hoc hiring needs and small teams, this plan requires no up-front commitment and no access fees. However, a 15% success fee is applicable per hire. 
  • Basic Plan: Best for teams with limited hiring needs, this plan costs $995 per month and $9,500 fee per hire.
  • Unlimited Plan: Best for large or growing teams with constant hiring needs, this plan has a custom and fixed recurring access fee and no hiring fees. Contact Vettery’s sales team to learn more.

Best For

Companies of all sizes looking to build top-notch teams.

Worth Checking Out:

In addition to major metros in the US, Vettery also has talent pools in major international tech hubs like Dublin, Toronto, and London.

Visage is a very interesting marketplace that talent acquisition teams can leverage to augment their sourcing capabilities. You post what types of candidates you are looking for, and then thousands of sourcers compete to find you suitable candidates. There is a level of screening done through AI, and then your recruiters can reach out to the applicants you want.

Visage.jobs

Stats

  • Visage’s clients approve 80% of the candidates they get through the platform.
  • Visage currently serves clients in 32 countries.

Visage.jobs

Pricing

Visage has a subscription-based pricing model that’s based on your team's needs and size. Contact Visage’s sales team to learn more.

Best For

Companies looking to source and qualify candidates fast.

Worth Checking Out:

Seekout’s database has over 500 million profiles in the US and Canada alone. Recruiters looking to source top of funnel outside of LinkedIn can use this solution to find and contact candidates. One really interesting feature is their use of GitHub data where they’re able to build a profile on engineers based on contributions to different code repositories. Customers include Fortune 500 firms like Raytheon and Rackspace down to one person staffing companies.

Seekout

Stats

  • 574M+ public profiles
  • 29M+ GitHub profiles
  • 92M+ expert profiles

Seekout

Pricing

The pricing of SeekOut’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. Contact their sales team for a price quote.

Best For

SeekOut can be used by companies with large in-house recruiting teams as well as small agencies looking for a user-friendly tool to reach a diverse pool of talent.

Worth Checking Out:

vsource’s specialty is in finding qualified candidates who meet your criteria so that your recruiting and sourcing team can reach out to them. This solution is designed to provide a predictable pipeline of passive candidates to give your recruiters a running start each day. vsource is big on customer service, and prides themselves on working with companies to refine the people who will be a good match for your reqs. Their customers include Amazon, DoorDash, and Twitter.

vsource

Stats

vsource’s tech-enabled expert sourcers can save each recruiter up to 20 hours per week.

vsource

Pricing

The pricing of vsource’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. Contact their sales team for a price quote.

Best For

Companies and recruiting agencies looking to save time while sourcing talent.

Worth Checking Out:

vsource can also help with talent mapping for companies who are trying to determine where to put their future offices.

Fetcher is a tech-focused automated sourcing solution that uses a combination of AI and humans to find and engage people who will fit your open req. Their offering drastically reduces the time it takes to hire and as a result they’ve been able to land customers like Shopify, Reddit, and Peloton.

Fetcher

Stats

  • Fetcher is used by over 500 top recruiting teams worldwide.
  • Fetcher can help recruiters cut sourcing & outreach time by 80%.

Fetcher

Pricing

The pricing of Fetcher’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. Contact their sales team for a price quote.

Best For

Recruiters looking for an integrated talent sourcing and team performance analytics solution.

Worth Checking Out:

Fetcher can start putting interviews with qualified candidates on your calendar within days.

With Entelo, you can search for candidates that meet your criteria, and then automate your outreach all from one platform. Their new Envoy platform even promises to deliver qualified candidates directly to your inbox. Big name customers include Wayfair, Sony, and Paypal.

Entelo

Stats

Entelo

Pricing

The pricing of Entelo’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. Contact their sales team for a quote.

Best For

Recruiting teams and agencies looking for a recruitment automation platform.

Worth Checking Out:

Entelo has figured out a few interesting ways of using machine learning to improve D&I sourcing. One of them is inferring the skills people have from their work experience.

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Final Advice

Recruiting software can supercharge your talent acquisition efforts.  However, it’s one piece of your recruiting process, and doesn’t take the place of a strong human resources team when hiring and onboarding new employees.  From the beginning of recruitment through employee onboarding, it’s important to have a human touch that takes into consideration the needs of the humans involved.

That said, leveraging machine learning and AI for your candidate sourcing is a great way to drastically scale your ability to get in front of the right applicants.  If your team’s sourcing process lacks technology, you are at a huge disadvantage relative to your talent competition.  Moreover, relying solely on job boards or employee referral programs is a surefire way to miss your recruitment goals.

Our advice is to make a list of your priorities, and figure out the 2-3 within your existing recruitment process that need the most help.  Maybe it’s adding a recruiting crm, video interview software, or another type of recruiting tool.  Whatever the case, we hope this page, and our site generally, is helpful for you to make the right decisions for your business.  Enjoy!

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