100+ HR Technologies and Recruiting Tools Worth Watching in Q1 2017.

There’s never been a more exciting time for HR Tech, with approximately $3 billion in VC investments pouring into the sector over the past year alone. This has led to a staggering number of new startups, upstart HR Technologies and emerging point solutions proliferating in what’s already an extremely crowded, extremely competitive and extremely lucrative market worth an estimated $14 billion in annual spend.

These emerging entrants into the HR Technology market have effectively disrupted the more established, entrenched players, resulting in profound changes for organizational leaders and talent practitioners alike.

The exponential increase in HR Technology offerings and options has created what’s more or less a buyer’s market, with more competition inevitably leading to more choice, more control and more flexibility for HR and talent organizations than ever before.

Given the seismic and sweeping changes impacting the industry, it’s no wonder that HR and recruiting leaders often have a hard time keeping track of what’s new and what’s next, and, more importantly, which solutions out there are capable of actually solving their existing talent challenges and business needs.

Figuring all of this out can often be confusing, if not downright daunting, to employers and end users alike. Which is why I’m so excited to share my new “HR Technologies to Watch” list with the RecruitingDaily audience. This list represents the 4th installment in this recurring series.

In case you’re curious (or just bored), you can check out the full version of our previous lists covering Q2, Q3, Q4 2016, respectively. The goal of this list is to give HR and recruiting practitioners a comprehensive list of the most interesting technologies and tools I’m tracking in Q1 of 2017.

This list is intended to give employers and end users somewhere to start when investigating what’s new and what’s next in HR Technology, and is meant to reflect only the companies I’m tracking this quarter.

It is by no means intended to be comprehensive or exhaustive (lists are inherently exclusionary, after all). This is not a popularity contest, nor is this post in any way intended for vendors, investors and/or consultants.  Nope.


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This list is designed with actual practitioners in mind, and if you’re a talent acquisition or HR professional, then it’s my hope that you will find something on here that can help your talent organization function effectively or efficiently, address a particular pain point or actual business problem you’re having, or just helps make your job (and life) a little bit easier.

That said, if you see something you like, remember that this list is only a first step; you’ll want to do your own due diligence – and a demo – to make sure that it’s the right fit for you and your talent organization. If you like what you see – or if you don’t – make sure you share what you learned with your peers, along with any feedback you can provide to make their search for the latest and greatest in HR Technology a little simpler, too.

To make this list as easy as possible for practitioners to understand and utilize, I wanted to add in a few housekeeping and addendum items before we get started.

  • This list is in alphabetical order; turns out, I love all my children. And this list, well, like most lists, is not meant to be exhaustive nor inclusive of the tons of great HR and recruiting tech out there in the world. Tons, I tell you.
  • Some of these entrants might include companies to which I’m either an advisor or consultant, or which might be current, former or prospective RecruitingDaily clients. While I am not explicitly calling these out on this list, I don’t believe in conflicts of interest, either. If you want, drop me a line and I’ll be happy to walk you through this specific list of plays. I have no problem telling you any of this information, and want to be as upfront as possible if you’re interested. All my advisor roles are noted within my LinkedIn bio.
  • This is just a list of who I like, and not necessarily intended as a recommendation. Again, if you want a specific rationalization or justification for why I included any of these technologies on this list, I’m happy to share that, too.
  • The categories here are ones that I have defined instead of the companies themselves. This means that while the software and services firms on the list may see themselves differently than how I’ve categorized them, this is how I see them, instead. Turns out, it’s nearly impossible to categorize HR Technology or software. But they’ll likely set you straight if you set up a demo on what their product does, where it fits, and how it can help.

Recruiting Daily Presents: The 100+ HR Technologies To Watch | Q1 2017 Edition.

Now that we’ve gotten all of that stuff out of the way, without further ado, I’m excited to present the list of the top HR Technologies to Watch in Q1 2017 (and beyond):

        Name || Category || Twitter

And there you have it.

Stay tuned for the next edition, as I’ll create a new list in April. In the meantime, if I’ve made any errors at all, please let me know by leaving a comment below, and I’ll review and revise accordingly.

If you think I should look at a particular HR Technology or recruiting tool I might have missed, please leave the company name, URL and the reason it’s HR Tech worth watching in the comment section so I can check it out for inclusion in the Q2 edition of this list. Thanks in advance for helping me figure out what’s new and what’s next, too.

Remember: a demo a day keeps mediocrity away.  And in this business, that’s about all you can ask for.

Editor’s Note: If you love the Twitters, here is a complete list of Q2, Q3 and Q4 firms. Click here to subscribe to the Q1 2017 list or listen live here:

william_tincupWilliam Tincup is the President of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology, he’s a Writer, Speaker, Advisor, Consultant, Investor, Storyteller & Teacher. He’s been writing about HR related issues for over a decade. William serves on the Board of Advisors / Board of Directors for 15 HR technology startups.

William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Follow him on Twitter @WilliamTincup or connect with him on LinkedIn.

William is the President of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology, he’s a writer, speaker, advisor, consultant, investor, storyteller & teacher. He’s written over 200 HR articles, spoken at over 150 HR & recruiting conferences and he’s conducted over 1000 HR podcasts. William prides himself on being easy to find on The Internet, Google him and connect with him via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Not up to speed in the social media game? Reach out via email. William serves on the Board of Advisors for Talentegy, Wellocity, GlitchPath, Talent Ninja, Universum Americas, Engagedly, Echovate, VibeCatch, Continu, Hyphen, Bevy, Happie, RolePoint, Causecast, Work4Labs, Talent Tech Labs, and SmartRecruiters. He was previously an advisor to PeopleMatter (sold to Snagajob Q2 2016), Good.Co (sold to StepStone Q1 2016), Smarterer (sold to Pluralsight Q4 2014) and a board member of Chequed (merged to create OutMatch Q3 2015). William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

  • Breezy HR

    “Turns out, it’s nearly impossible to categorize HR Technology or software.” 😂 We hear you! Thanks for the Breezy HR shoutout, and surfacing co’s to keep the HR space on our toes 💯.

    • William Tincup

      Turns out.

  • Emily Fearnley

    Love keeping up with your lists, I’m not quite sure how you find the time to demo so many technologies!! haha

    We’re so appreciative that Recruitics was listed last year. We’ve been innovating and improving ever since, so check us out again sometime soon! 🙂

    • William Tincup

      Emily, as you have new stuff added to the solution, I’d love to list you all again. I’ve done that recently with RolePoint… first listed as employee referrals and now listed as career mobility… so, innovation in two different places… just keep me informed. William

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  • Gabrielle

    Zocket! It’s a career platform focused on life-science professionals and their twitter is @zocketme

    • William Tincup

      Gabrielle, awesome… I’ll take a look.

  • Victoria Holdsworth

    Hi @williamtincup:disqus another fantastic list! We were delighted to have been included on your list in Q3 last year. We’re actually expanding our offering with the increasing demand for flexible working and as organisations move towards a more gig economy style approach – to a resource management automation tool. @ProFinda gives companies the tools to create better more optimised project teams – if you’re re-looking at companies that are expanding their offerings, let us know!

    • William Tincup

      Victoria – I absolutely re-look at firms… especially if they have a new offering. Let’s set a time to talk through the new goodies.

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  • Hi @williamtincup:disqus great list. We’d love for you to check us out – we have an Artificially intelligent platform for coaching, assessment and journaling….and unlike our competitors on your list, we have a succession planning feature.

    • William Tincup

      No one does succession all that well… very happy to look at this tech. Thanks for sharing with the group. William

  • Lilly Carroll

    Hey @williamtincup:disqus Another great list and Thanks for sharing! We (Talenytics) made your list Q4 of 2016 and hope that you’d like to check out as we’ve been working on updating our platform and up to date brand! We’d Love to chat more. Thanks, Lilly

    • William Tincup

      Lilly, awesome… I’ll review your firm this/next week. Thanks for the note.

  • Rachel Rapoza

    Great list @williamtincup:disqus! Check out OnForce: http://www.onforce.com. Twitter: @OnForce. We are a Freelancer Management System (FMS) for IT field services (on-site IT work). Companies leverage our platform to find, engage with, manage, and pay on-demand (contingent) IT contractors. We are the only FMS platform that offers the most comprehensive insurance and risk mitigation policy, including workers’ compensation insurance, for all work routed through our platform. Let us know if you want to chat, thanks! Rachel

    • William Tincup

      Very cool… I’ll review OnForce this week. Thank you for the note.

  • Fortin

    Great list @williamtincup:disqus ! Big fan. Over the past two years, The Predictive Index has dramatically changed to make it easier for businesses to hire better, manage better, and ultimately inspire their workforce to do the unthinkable. We’re under new ownership since late 2014 and doing a lot of great things with the 60 years of science under our belt. See http://www.predictiveindex.com. I’d love to show you our workforce assessment product if you are up for it.

    • William Tincup

      Thanks for the note… I’ll review PI this week.

  • Felix Langness

    Hey William. Check out HRDigital. It is a German company that just entered the HR software market a couple of months ago with a very sophisticated feedback app and connected HR Analytics engine: http://www.hrdigital.de/surround-view https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/413d2164df6ced8f2df1e6fa1a89f1bfb7177af004de38ed6b4120b9c79be7e7.png

    • William Tincup

      Felix, thank you for sharing. Sounds interesting. I’ll check it out. William

  • ResumeCruncher

    ResumeCruncher.com lets recruiters create a fully searchable database of resumes and social media profiles. Staying organised while scanning, and assessing hundreds or thousands of resumes is simple and efficient. Resumes are scored and ranked based on your search criteria. The most suitable candidates are at the top of the list so you don’t have to search through the whole pile.

    ResumeCruncher is fast, easy and affordable. Created with the latest and best technology and securely hosted in the cloud.

    • William Tincup

      Cool. I’ll review this or next week. Thank you. William

  • Alexandra Dosii

    @williamtincup, great list! Very informative. Please, check out GlossaryTech: http://glossarytech.com/. Twitter: @GlossaryTech. The Glosary is designed for tech recruiters and enables them to quickly find necessary tech terms, add new ones, as well as edit others. We’ve just launched it and would be happy to hear your expert feedback on it. Thanks! Alexandra

  • Alexandra Dosii

    @williamtincup:disqus, great list! Very informative. Please, check out GlossaryTech: http://glossarytech.com/. Twitter: @GlossaryTech. The Glosary is designed for tech recruiters and enables them to quickly find necessary tech terms, add new ones, as well as edit others. We’ve just launched it and would be happy to hear your expert feedback on it. Thanks! Alexandra

    • William Tincup

      Alexandra, I’ll look at this asap. Thanks for sharing. William

  • @williamtincup:disqus Thank you for featuring @Hiretual!

    • William Tincup

      Thanks brother… keep doing what you do…

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  • Ben Brooks

    Great list Tincup! Amazing how much innovation is happening in this space, in particular beyond recruiting.

    I hope to make this list someday.

    • William Tincup

      Dude, I had no idea about Pilot… we need to catch up… that looks cool… William

  • Scorius

    Great list, William. Everybody want’s to be on your list. So does Scorius, I quess. We’ll help organizations to bring their HR
    and behavior data in to real-time and fresh new insights. With Talentanalytics software. Better hiring, fast development and highly engaged motivated peoples as a result.

    • William Tincup

      Well, now that I know, I’ll review and let you know. Thanks for the 411. William

  • Kiyomi Harrington

    Thanks William for including Carol Leaman (CEO Axonify) on the 300+ women in HR to follow list. Appreciate it. Axonify would love to be on the next HR tech list in the Training and Development category. We are modernizing corporate learning to drive bottom line business results for our customers. We don’t just check the box that a course is complete, we measure actual knowledge growth and behavior change. For example, we save Bloomingdale’s over $2.2 million per year in safety and loss prevention incidents alone…www.axonify.com

    • William Tincup

      Kiyomi, awesome… I’ll check it out. Thanks, William

  • Victoria

    Great list, @williamtincup:disqus! It’s awesome to see so much innovation in this space- it’s been a long time coming. It would be great for you to check out my company, Peakon: https://peakon.com/.

    With clients such as the Ministry of Justice, Trinity Mirror, Delivery Hero and Secret Escapes, we’re doing all we can to change the workplace for the better. We believe this starts with continuous listening, and letting employees know they’re heard. We start this by sending out automated pulse surveys, and collecting and analysing the data to give companies actionable insights to make real change in their organisation. All of the information is shown on a simple to use dashboard, which displays the key drivers in the business, benchmarks against other companies in your industry, and all of the comments collected.

    If you’d like to find out more, I’d be happy to set up a demo or answer any of your questions. Just give us a shout!

    Once again, thanks for a fantastic list. There’s some great companies listed!


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