Really good recruiters know how to find and source the best candidates for the job. It is all the other small things like managing listings, setting up hiring teams or interview panels, tracking email applicants and many other such mundane yet crucial tasks that they need help with. This is exactly why all recruiters need an effective applicant tracking software(ATS). If you are still wondering why this is so important think of an applicant tracking system like a CRM for your recruiters. Would you consider having a sales team and not having a CRM software that they store all their contacts and lead details in? Well, why should it be any different for your recruitment team! They too are working on targets, and even if these are just hiring target, remember that missing out on the best candidate for the job simply because his resume was lost in the company careers inbox is a big loss for you.
If you are ready to take the plunge and equip your recruitment team, then here are some of the best free applicant tracking system.
OpenCATS is an open source ATS that can easily be installed on any local Linux or Windows server and is then accessible through a regular browser interface. It can also integrate with popular CMSs like Joomla and has an active support community supporting further development. OpenCATS was originally built as an enterprise ATS and targets HR professionals, recruiters and staffing and placement agencies.
My Advice- If you are operating on a shoestring budget and are tech savvy (or at least have access to someone who is) then this could be the right software for you. But do remember that there is no support team to turn to if things go wrong. You will be pretty much on your own from the time you install this software to the time you decide to move to another system. Do consider other aspects as well such as systems that you need your ATS to integrate with, the number of recruiters who will be accessing and how many open positions you want close.
Best described as a one-stop shop for all your hiring needs. The system is intuitive and simple to use making sure that recruiters don’t waste time chasing information and have everything they need to know about their hiring pipeline- resumes, emails, feedback, and notes – in one place. The software also does a good job of managing the candidate database and ensure that the recruiters don’t have to spend time digging for old resumes. They can maintain an active talent pool by archiving promising candidates and rediscovering them when new jobs open up. Furthermore, the tool is built on the understanding that finding the right talent is not one person’s job, and the entire hiring process is designed to get all stakeholders involved.
My Advice- If you are looking for an intuitive ATS that gets the job done and is easy on your pocket this may be the software you are looking for. The tool comes with a free plan that has most of the basic features like job postings, email application management, a basic career site, referral management and team collaboration.
3. Zoho Recruit
Zoho Recruit allows you to Optimize and streamline your entire recruiting process and has all the features that you would expect in an ATS. It allows you to find better candidates, brings your entire team on-board the hiring process and allows you to make informed and data-driven decisions.
My Advice- from a pure pricing and feature point of view it is hard to beat Zoho at any of their products but their software lacks the intuitiveness that some of their newer competitors bring to the table.
Plain and simple WebHR is more than an ATS. It is a complete HR suite and can take care of all your people needs be it recruitment, attendance, leaves, shifts, training, travel, expense claims etc. What more all these come in the base module itself and cost just $2 per employee per month. However where it becomes expensive is when you add on modules like Payroll, performance, HR letters etc. all of which come at an additional per employee cost.
My Advice – If you have money to spare, run a large organization and need all your HR modules to talk to each other then this is the right tool for you. However if you are like most small and medium enterprises where the recruitment process does not necessarily have to integrate with modules like performance, attendance, leaves, training etc. then…
Probably one of the most simple and most customizable systems of this list. The ATS allows you to quickly and easily create beautiful career website, manage your job boards, increase employee referrals by making the whole referral process easier and interview better. All this, however, comes at a cost ($49/month for the starter pack.)
Big brands like Atlassian, Colliers, Skechers and Marc Jacobs trust Smartrecruiters for their ATS and with good reason. The tool has many powerful integrations that help with the recruitment process. Be it background checks, assessments, HRIS, Job boards like Monster, Video interview or tools to help with your onboarding they have integrations for everything and anything.
The tool allows you hire the best talent in 3 simple steps (Find-Engage-Hire). The tool also comes with the set of standard features that we have started to expect of all ATS tools. Their beginner pack come for free and includes 1 free job posting, 1 user account, access to the unlimited candidate, apps for Android and iOS and limited email support.
The one thing Softgarden has going against them is their pricing. Starting at 145 Euros this is one of the most expensive ATS tools on this list. However, for this rather steep cost, you do get some cool add-ons like a Job advertisement designer, language versions, mobile optimized postings and access to reports.
9. Recruiter Flow
Recruiterflow allows you nurture and engage with candidates in an effective way. It is one of the best tools when it comes to building meaningful relationships in order to convert passive leads into active candidates. The tool even allows you to set up automated drip campaign. Building the perfect candidate journey with messaging and content that is aligned with the brand not only ensures that you attract the best candidate for the job but also makes sure that there is a good cultural fit. From a pricing standpoint for $49 a month you get 2 active job openings, unlimited Users, 24×5 email and chat support.
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Like all other ATS tools that made the list, Recruiterbox also has all the features you need. Where they go above and beyond is with their support and their commitment to ensuring that your business succeeds. Add-ons like training sessions to ensure all your team members are up to speed with the new software, help with data migration and configuration, quarterly checkpoints to make sure you’re hitting your goals using Recruiterbox are just a few examples of their customer success teams initiatives to ensure your recruiters are happy using Recruiterbox. Mind you all of this does come at a cost.