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This Week: Top 10 Browser Extensions for Recruiters
From AdBlock to Google Translate and everything in between, browser extensions are great because they make our lives easier and our internet experiences more enjoyable. If you install the right ones, browser extensions can also make you a more effective recruiter. Check out our list of the 10 most useful browser extensions for recruiters and other hiring decision-makers below!
Gorgias is a helpdesk platform, but today we’re specifically focused on its free Chrome extension, which allows you to create and save your own email templates. If you do a lot of direct sourcing or cold-emailing as part of your recruiting strategy, Gorgias is a must-have. Custom keyboard shortcuts trigger different templates – no need to go searching for them! – and the extension also supports template variables, allowing you to personalize your communications without starting from scratch every time.
2. Hello Talent
Hello Talent’s Chrome extension is a simple but profoundly impactful tool. It allows recruiters to add candidate profiles to their talent pools from anywhere on the internet. Find someone who looks promising? Hit the Hello Talent button and import their information. Just like that, talent is on your radar and in your pipeline.
(Thanks to Luca Romano for recommending Hello Talent.)
Grammarly isn’t helpful only to recruiters. Anyone who regularly communicates via email – so, basically, every single professional – should install Grammarly’s free spelling and grammar checker. You’ll never send an embarrassing typo again.
(Thanks to Emma Hunt, head of recruitment at Logojoy, for recommending we include Grammarly on our list.)
4. Sideways Dictionary
Speaking of embarrassment: If you’re a recruiter with a non-technical background who has ever had to recruit for a technical role in IT, you probably know the pain of trying to understand what all the terms in the job post actually mean before you go in search of the right candidate. (What the heck is “blockchain,” really?).
Sideways Dictionary, a collaboration between Jigsaw and The Washington Post, is here to help. The extension provides definitions for obscure tech terms right in your browser window. Just hover over the word that needs defining! Don’t worry – the definitions use accessible analogies so that even the least savvy among us can follow along.
(Thanks to Katie Espinoza, growth and partnership manager at Rebrandly, for putting Sideways Dictionary on our radar.)
“If you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect hashtag for a social media post, try RiteTag,” says Capterra Talent Management Specialist Halden Ingwersen, who suggested we include the extension in our list. “It integrates with your social media to provide you with a list of suggested tags.”
RiteTag’s suggestions are based on extensive data about hashtag performance on social media platforms, and it can even alert you to the development of hot new hashtags in relevant topics.
6. People Search by Workable
Want to learn more about a potential candidate you’ve come across? Click the People Search icon, and Workable’s extension will surface information about a candidate’s work history, contact details, interests, social media activity, and more. It’s a quick, easy way to qualify talent before you decide to reach out.
(Thanks again to Emma Hunt of Logojoy, who suggested we include People Search.)
Buffer is a one-stop social media management platform, allowing you to post to multiple sites at once from a central location. You can also schedule out social posts in advance for a more tactical approach. Given the importance of social media in promoting openings, spreading employer brand messaging, and engaging with candidates, Buffer should be in every recruiter’s arsenal.
(Capterra’s Halden Ingwersen and Logojoy’s Emma Hunt both recommended Buffer to us.)
Nimble is an excellent relationship management tool – I use it to manage relationships with all our writers and contributors at Recruiter Today. Given that so much of recruiting is about relationships, Nimble also holds a lot of value for recruiters and hiring authorities.
Nimble’s extension allows users to see their contacts’ details from anywhere. Hovering over a person’s name, email address, or social media handle will reveal a wealth of information about their professional life, allowing recruiters to stay fully informed while interacting with potential hires.
Capterra’s Halden Ingwersen points out that while Nimble was “originally designed for sales,” it “can also be used to track applicants.”
“Find an applicant’s LinkedIn profile, activate Nimble, and you’ll be able to track their social media activity,” Halden explains. “Great for seeing what an applicant is really like.”
Referrals are one of the best sources of hire, and Discoverly’s browser extension allows recruiters to seek them out for themselves. Discoverly reveals points of mutual connection between a user and a prospect. From there, recruiters can reach out to said mutuals to get the inside scoop on what a candidate is really like.
You found a great potential candidate – but you can’t figure out how to reach them. That’s where Hunter comes in. This handy extension surfaces email addresses for you, with each result scored according to its likely accuracy. Don’t lose out on top talent simply because their contact information isn’t on full display.