If you’ve scrolled your Facebook News Feed in the last few days to see an array of weight loss goals and hope-filled quotes, it’s not a Jenny Craig takeover. We’ve just started a New Year and with it comes bigger stretch goals, harder to source roles and other challenges we have yet to see. With those challenges comes a big opportunity to do things more efficiently than ever with your kit of best-in-class tools and technologies.

Here at RecruitingTools, reflecting on this year is our annual chance to figure out the secret sauce to life and sourcing, if there even is one. But here’s a tip. If we’ve learned anything in 2015 – it’s that there is no secret sauce. We’re all taking on our sourcing and recruiting challenges with the best tools we have. The catch there, of course, is that there’s plenty we don’t know about.

So, as you search and source the best-recruiting tools, keep in mind the top 10 @RecruitingTools posts of 2015. Below, we’ve listed our top posts and tools we think you should know about going into 2016 and beyond.

#10. 21 Recruiting and Sourcing Tools in my Toolbox

Top 10 @RecruitingTools PostsDo an online search for recruiting tools and you’ll have thousands of pages to sort through. But with some searches, it’s a lot easier to leave Google behind and phone a friend. So we did. Willem Wijnans opened up his toolbox this year to show our readers how he sources top talent. Read the Full Article Here

#9. The Recruiter’s Guide To Basic Boolean Search

Top 10 @RecruitingTools PostsThe ability to write good Boolean searches is what separates the best sourcers from those guys that give us a bad name.  But if you’re looking for a boolean how-to, this isn’t the right place; it’s more of an introduction to the most common Boolean search terminology. Read the Full Article Here

#8. 5 Powerful Sourcing Sites For Recruiters

600x300xonline-profile.jpg.pagespeed.ic.rnveko9aca (1)Who has time to sit around researching and testing tools that all claim to help you source more efficiently? Well, we do. Shorten your sourcing tool search with these recommendations from top RecrutingTools contributors. Read the Full Article Here

#7. Hacking Tech Recruiting and Hiring With HackerRank

Top 10 @RecruitingTools PostsFinding good developers is notoriously hard. HackerRank makes this easier by giving employers the ability to sponsor coding “challenges” that “hackers” then write up. Their responses are automatically evaluated, scored, and ranked for recruiters to review. Read the Full Article Here

#6. 10 Free Job Posting Sites for Recruiters and Employers

Top 10 @RecruitingTools PostsI know you’ve heard the mantra “If it’s free, it’s for me.” Heck, you’ve probably heard it from me in an article or two. If you love free resources, this list is for you. All free, all worth your time and tested by yours truly. Read the Full Article Here

#5. 5 Free Job Posting Sites for #Recruiters and #Employers

Top 10 @RecruitingTools PostsSo yeah, I really like free stuff. I mean – who wants to argue about budgets and balance when there are FREE options?! Read the Full Article Here

#4. Free LinkedIn Custom Search Engine and 8 Power Boolean Search Refinements

When it comes to Boolean, recruiters and sourcers either love it or hate it. No matter what side of the fence you’re on – you can’t ignore that Boolean just works when you’re hunting down a proverbial needle in a haystack. Well, that’s if – and only if – they’re written correctly. This article breaks down the best purple squirrel boolean searches. Plus, there’s a little bonus. We also share access to our LinkedIn Custom Search Engine. Read the Full Article Here

#3. Extracting Email Addresses from LinkedIn

We bash LinkedIn pretty frequently (and fairly). It’s expensive, it’s filled with spam, you get the point.  So we asked our sourcing network for some workarounds to save you the expense of a new LinkedIn for Recruiters license and still get contact information from their system. Here are the tools they came up with. Read the Full Article Here

#2. The Recruiter’s Toolkit: A Collection of 46 Chrome Extensions for Sourcing

Top 10 @RecruitingTools PostsSomeone actually called this article a “life changer” and I agree. This article will introduce you to a new world of tools that can increase productivity, decrease time-to-hire, and increase your quality-of-hire. That’s a win-win-win. Read the Full Article Here


#1. Recruiting Tools Beta Alert: Prophet Beta Release

What if I told you I had a sourcing tool that was 100% free and found the contact information you can’t find anywhere else on the internet? Besides sounding like a cheap used car salesman, I’d be talking about Prophet. In this article – the most visited of any of our posts this year – you’ll get free access to this 100% free Chrome extension. Read the Full Article Here

So what was your favorite? Are there tools we missed this year that we should write about in 2016? Tell us in the comments below.

And oh yeah, Happy New Year!

By Jackye Clayton

Jackye is an acclaimed thought leader and inspirational speaker on recruiting and DEIB topics. She brings years of experience recruiting across a variety of industries including tech, HR, legal, and finance. In her role as VP of Talent Acquisition and DEIB, she leads all related work at Textio, provides critical expertise to customers, and serves as a leading voice in the products Textio creates for the broader ecosystem. Jackye has been named one of the 9 Powerful Women in Business You Should Know by SDHR Consulting, one of the 15 Women in HR Tech to Follow by VidCruiter, and is on the Top 100 list of Human Resources Influencers by Human Resource Executive Magazine.