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LinkedIn counts over 930 million users, and many hiring teams gravitate toward its recruiting solution when they need to fill a role.

However, LinkedIn Recruiter is not the only hiring platform at your disposal. There are numerous other solutions with more advanced search capabilities and detailed candidate profiles to help you source, engage, and hire the right people quickly.

We'll dive into many of these solutions, discussing their features, user scores, pros, and cons to help you make an informed decision on which tool can best serve your needs.

1. Findem

Findem is an AI talent acquisition and management platform that includes solutions for talent sourcing, talent CRM, candidate rediscovery, diversity recruiting, and analytics. 

You can integrate it with your ATS (applicant tracking system) for a complete overview of your talent pool, including active and passive candidates.

Features you should know about

  • Uses attribute-based sourcing (in addition to keywords and Boolean strings), which is the most advanced method of finding candidates and isn’t offered by LinkedIn.
  • Attributes are based on new data created from over 100,000 public data sources (such as GitHub, earnings reports, Stack Overflow, ResearchGate, and previous company data) to create the most comprehensive picture of a candidate.
  • Integrates with your ATS and allows multi-channel talent acquisition, bringing together past and new candidates, current and previous employees, and referrals and sourced candidates into a single view.
  • Automated multi-touch outreach and nurture.

User scores

Pros

  • Over 1 million candidate attributes enrich every candidate’s profile and enhances the search process, allowing you to look for a candidate who has “experience at a Series A startup, is an open source contributor, and has an entrepreneurial spirit” or any other combination of skills, experience, and qualities.
  • With attributes, Findem enables recruiters to tailor their searches and find candidates with just the right skills and experience, even if they don’t specifically mention these skills in their resume or LinkedIn profile.
  • Attributes and AI-driven talent nurturing allows you to personalize emails to potential candidates at scale, and sends emails to personal email addresses to increase delivery rates.
  • Integrates with your ATS to enrich every profile in your talent ecosystem and provide broader search and analytics on past candidates.

Cons

  • Inability to find hourly workers or people who don't have an online presence.
  • No interview scheduling for candidates.
  • CRM and email features may not be available to companies that cannot integrate email.

2. SeekOut

SeekOut is an AI recruiting platform for talent acquisition, management, and intelligence that also integrates with your ATS.

Features you should know about

  • Includes over 300 search filters to find top talent. Custom filters are also available.
  • Uses AI to provide a list of potential candidates who match the job description and can also suggest candidates whose profiles are similar to your top performing employees.
  • Supports diversity efforts with a feature that removes information that could trigger unconscious bias.

User scores

Pros

  • Finds talent that would otherwise be missed if using only LinkedIn.
  • Ability to save search criteria for future use.

Cons

  • Doesn’t include attribute-based search to find the best candidates who might not have used the right keywords or included all of their skills in their profile.
  • Some users report that filters might return candidates with unsuitable experience.
  • Large pools of mismatched candidates take time and effort to qualify out.

3. Gem

Gem is a recruiting platform that includes a talent CRM, a talent sourcing and outreach solution, pipeline management, and hiring intelligence. Like Findem and SeekOut, it also integrates with your ATS.

Features you should know about

  • Brings all candidate communication from InMails, emails, previous interviews, etc., into one platform.
  • Allows you to source candidates from over 20 platforms.
  • Includes a Google Chrome extension that allows you to see the most recent communication with a candidate across different platforms such as email or LinkedIn.

User scores

Pros

  • Easy to use and intuitive interface.
  • You can customize automated candidate outreach via Gem Sequences.

Cons

  • Like SeekOut, it doesn’t include attribute-based search to more easily find the right candidate.
  • Limited number of platforms where you can source talent.

4. hireEZ

hireEZ is an AI outbound recruiting platform for talent sourcing and engagement that you can integrate with your ATS.

Features you should know about

  • Sources candidate information from over 45 data sources, such as LinkedIn and GitHub.
  • Includes over 800M candidate profiles.
  • Offers a Boolean Builder as well as AI filters to identify specific skills, job titles, etc.

User scores

Pros

  • Filters allow you to narrow down your search.
  • Automated email campaigns can have up to 10 touchpoints.

Cons

  • Some niche recruiters have reported that the filters don’t cover all of the job titles they need to find talent.
  • Using Boolean and keyword search is more limited compared to attribute search.

5. Phenom

Phenom is an AI talent platform whose wide range of products include a talent CRM, a chatbot, and a marketplace for internal mobility.

Features you should know about

  • Includes Fit Scores that calculate whether a candidate is a good fit for an open position based on title, previous experience, skills, and location.
  • Sources candidates for open roles from pools of current employees, past applicants, and passive candidates found in publicly available databases.
  • Chatbot helps job seekers find roles they are interested in, answers FAQs, and schedules interviews.

User scores

Pros

  • Easy to manage and track candidates without relying on spreadsheets.
  • Ability to use an ideal candidate’s resume to match and evaluate candidates.

Cons

  • Some users report there is a limit to the number of most important skills they can add to a job, which creates issues when sourcing profiles.
  • Reviewers have also noted the interface might not be easy to use for new users.

6. HiredScore

HiredScore is an AI recruiting tool for candidate sourcing, including contingent hiring. Among others, it allows for ATS and CRM integration

Features you should know about

  • Looks for candidates in your ATS, CRM, external sources, and current employee database.
  • Automatically identifies top candidates for open roles.
  • Supports contingent hiring by linking candidates to open projects.

User scores

Pros

  • User-friendly interface.
  • Includes a feature that grades applicants for easier prioritization.

Cons

  • Some users have reported inaccuracies in the scoring model.
  • No mention of any candidate-filtering capabilities or how many external data sources it pulls candidates from.

7. Zoho Recruit

Zoho Recruit is an ATS and CRM solution in one platform.

Features you should know about

  • Includes Boosters, an AI tool that enables you to search for suitable candidates on numerous job boards and add their profiles to your database.
  • Supports candidate matching using skills filters and keywords.
  • Chatbot informs job seekers about available jobs and the status of their applications.

User scores

Pros

  • All-in-one recruiting solution.
  • Includes a mobile app to speak to candidates on the go.

Cons

  • Compared to more advanced AI recruiting platforms, its job filtering functionality is limited.
  • Some reviewers report that the interface may take some time to master.

8. SmartRecruiters

SmartRecruiters is an enterprise hiring platform with an ATS, a CRM, and an employee onboarding solution.

Features you should know about

  • Includes an AI resume screening feature that matches previous and current candidates to job openings.
  • Allows candidates to be separated into individual talent pools to more easily recruit for future openings.
  • Chatbot saves recruiters time by answering FAQs and guiding candidates through the recruitment process.

User scores

Pros

  • Recruiters can rate individual applicant’s profiles.
  • Easy to upload additional documents to an applicant’s profile.

Cons

  • Doesn’t aggregate candidate data from different sources for a more complete picture of the applicant.

9. iCIMS Talent Cloud

iCIMS Talent Cloud is a provider of numerous talent solutions, including an ATS, a CRM, and employee onboarding.

Features you should know about

  • Includes an AI tool that provides candidate recommendations from pools of individuals who did not apply for a specific role.
  • Automates role matching and offers candidates role recommendations based on their skills and previous experience.
  • Allows you to track candidate engagement and focus on those with the highest level of interest. 

User scores

Pros

  • You can customize the platform to the needs of your company.
  • One solution for recruiting, managing candidate relationships, and onboarding new hires.

Cons

  • Filtering candidates relies on keywords and Boolean search strings.
  • Some users are unhappy with the speed and quality of customer support.

10. Greenhouse

Greenhouse is a hiring platform that streamlines employee recruiting and onboarding.

Features you should know about

  • Provides job board recommendations to advertise open positions more efficiently.
  • Allows you to divide candidates into talent pools.
  • Standardizes the hiring process by aligning the recruiting team on the necessary skills, experience, and other role requirements before advertising a job posting.

User scores

Pros

  • Customizable user dashboards to keep track of individual tasks.
  • Responsive and helpful customer support team.

Cons

  • Doesn’t aggregate candidate data from different platforms and sources.
  • Interface might not be intuitive for first-time users.

11. Lever

Lever is a platform with both an ATS and a CRM, as well as automation tools for HR teams.

Features you should know about

  • Automates manual tasks such as adding tags to candidate profiles.
  • Builds talent pools with an overview of previous communications so the entire team has access to the same information.
  • Provides a recruiting and hiring data analytics dashboard to inform future recruiting strategies.

User scores

Pros

  • Customizable pipeline stages to suit your recruiting procedures.
  • Easy-to-navigate candidate dashboard with a complete overview of their information.

Cons

  • Some users have reported that editing jobs or candidates in bulk is not possible.
  • Cannot provide candidate data from other sources.
  • Lack of customization options in the analytics dashboard.

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