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What to Look for in Recruiting Software

As a startup founder, when you decide you need new team members, you want to hire someone as soon as possible. If you post a job opening the old-fashioned way on job boards, it yields hundreds of applicants, but you may find yourself spending countless hours reading resumes only to find out that the right candidate is not there.

Not many start-ups can afford full-time HR personnel in place to ensure a smooth hiring process. Even if they do, using recruiting software can be really helpful. A quick Google search results in numerous recruiting tools which often leads to confusion among start-up founders. What important features must a recruiting software need to have to satisfy your business needs? Here are a few tips:

Ensure Diversity

As a start-up, ensuring diversity within your team has many advantages. People from different backgrounds and cultures add value to any business entity by giving fresh, unique ideas, and provide valuable network connections. 

Recruiting tools like General Assembly possess an impressive database of diverse talents – veterans, people of colour, and candidates with low-income backgrounds. Most of the applicants go through General Assembly’s full-time courses to increase their qualifications. 

“General Assembly’s talent pipeline is awesome. We’ve gotten two candidates from them. They have a really diverse group of people.”

– Alex Betancur, Co-founder of Jump Ramp Games

Recruiting software such as PowerToFly and Girls in Tech focus on female talents in technology. You can find applicants from all over the world!

Jopwell also specializes in finding the right talent for your company from diverse minority groups.

Implement an Applicant Tracking System

For a smooth recruitment process, consider an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). An ATS will allow you to handle your recruitment process similar to how a CRM works. Popular ATSs are GreenhouseJazz, and Lever. All three allow you to handle your hiring needs digitally. You can save, store, and track all vacancies and applicants along with their resumes. Based on some advanced filters, the process of finding the most qualified candidates is fully automated and they also let you send interview requests to job-seekers.

Consider a more Targeted Solution

From a high level, we can divide recruitment software into two groups:

  1. Applicant Tracking Systems (which we discussed above)
  2. Targeted Solutions 

A targeted solution focuses on a very specific part of the recruitment process. For example, if you need help only with paperwork management and personalized onboarding for new hires, you may consider the Kin app. Its onboarding feature includes job descriptions, tasks, useful advice, files, contact information, etc. which every new employee will need when they start working.

Consider the Costs

Money matters, especially when it comes to a brand new start-up. When you choose your recruiting tool, you may want to consider the associated costs. You also need to double-check whether there are some hidden fees, and whether the initial costs cover technical support. Some tools offer a limited trial version but it often does not show all their potential. 

It’s also a good idea to check whether there are different packages depending on your individual needs. Matt Clark, the co-founder of Valify is using Indeed beause “its cost is really low and it provides pretty good results.”

Is it User-Friendly?

Contrary to popular belief, not all start-up founders are tech geeks. If you are one of them as well, you may want to check whether the recruiting software you are going to purchase is user-friendly and easy to use. Workable is one of those tools. 

Latif Nanji, co-founder & CEO of Roadmunk was quite impressed with Workable: 

“When we found Workable, we liked them because they are super simple and have a one-click setup on all the different networks. They have 15-20 different networks, and you can pick and choose all the free ones or pay into a premium service.”

Access to more experienced personnel?

Many recruiting tools are focused on fresh graduates or young professionals in the early stage of their career. However, as a start-up you may need a more experienced person to sell your product successfully, to develop your marketing strategy, or to develop your software. 

AngelList, which is very similar to LinkedIn, will help you find the right person! It has a rich pool of experienced professionals, most with some background in tech.

Going Freelance?

A great majority of start-ups either do not need or cannot afford permanent personnel. This is where freelance marketplaces help. Upwork is one of the market leaders in the world of freelancing, along with Guru. You can hire logo designers, marketing analysts, content writers, software developers, translators, and more. Some of the most experienced freelancers offer their services via LinkedIn, so you may want to have a look there too.

Finding the right talent is a challenge for any company no matter how big it is. However, it is critical for growing start-ups with lean teams to think strategically about new hires. Each new person is an added value to the company’s expansion and growth ambitions and a wrong hire can impact your operations and the ability to achieve key objectives.

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