There's no question that digital tech has dramatically changed our world. In the workplace, however, this technology can either amplify or hinder your productivity. The recruitment space is no exception. In fact, new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are truly revolutionizing this space at a blistering pace.

With so much tech out there, it's difficult to find software that actually adds value to your recruitment needs.

As such, it's vital to be aware of the latest tech on the block in order to remain one step ahead of your competition. After all, the slightest edge can make all the difference in helping you win today's competitive war for talent.

To give you a snapshot of some of the best tech out there, I've listed four tech tools that can genuinely add a bit of magic to your daily routine - whether that means saving valuable time, cutting down inefficiencies or improving your external candidate experience. Each offers you a unique way to align talent teams and drive the results your business needs.

1. Talla

Talla is a new piece of tech that integrates with your company's Office 365 and Google Apps documents and calendars so that you can access everything from the chat interface of your choice. For recruiters, the Talla AI software offers a streamlined solution to internal productivity. This helps keep company clutter to a minimum and gives your team the freedom to focus on what really matters: their work!

One of my favorite attributes of the software? The AI tool can help you throughout the entire recruitment process. In-house recruiters can schedule candidate interviews, onboard new employees and manage surveys and reports - all within a simple and easy-to-use interface.

Talla's flexibility is definitely a plus. You can keep existing employees engaged and happy with polls, surveys and Q&A segments, but also really hone in on improving your talent acquisition strategy. This helps keep the hiring cycle as smooth as possible - something that your candidates will definitely notice.

2. Beamery

This tech platform is all about improving the candidate experience. The company's slogan, "Treat candidates like customers," drives home their ambition: to help talent acquisition leaders think more like marketers.

Beamery's features include Sourcing, Recruitment CRM, Candidate Engagement and Employer Branding, which all sync and connect to your existing ATS. In marketing, we've been mapping the customer journey and nurturing customer relationships for years. Candidate experience mapping is based on exactly the same principles.

This is where Beamery comes in handy. The platform uses machine learning algorithms to identify key candidates and their strengths. Using email, social media and other recruiting tools, Beamery creates a 360-degree view of the candidate relationship to inform smarter hiring decisions. The platform is a worthwhile investment for any recruiter looking to gain an unfair advantage over their competition.

3. Clinch

Clinch has been dubbed the 'HubSpot' of recruitment, and for good reason! The platform helps you maximize ROI through a full-suite of marketing and CRM software, and it's definitely one of my favorites.

Recruitment marketing is paving the way for smarter and more cost-efficient talent strategies. Why wait for applicants to apply for roles when you can identify and draw in talent directly? Clinch is great for this because it supports the use of creative content to build talent pools and drive hires. You can connect careers websites, content, recruiters and candidates together in a tightly integrated platform.

Not only that, but the suite's behavioral analytics tool analyzes the top "passive" candidates that have yet to apply for a role. You can also create your own quality parameters to source qualified candidates quickly and effectively.

I'd highly recommend getting to grips with the importance of content and analytics. To truly connect with talent in today's digital age, you need to build meaningful connections.

This starts with timely, relevant and engaging content on careers websites that can suddenly turn dull, antiquated pages into lively content hubs.

4. Social Talent

Social Talent is another excellent product to help you increase your performance and learning in the talent sphere. This software gives you the resources and teaches you how to recruit more effectively and intelligently. Even cooler, it features integrated learning techniques that help you learn as you work.

Through a variety of gamified learning processes, you can get up to speed with personal and employer branding, learn new ways to attract the best talent, and discover how to source the perfect candidates for your positions. Moreover, the platform gives you tools to attract top talent across your own social databases such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more.

So there's four tools I've found that can accelerate your resourcing efforts, but I'm sure there's more out there. What tools do you use that have radically improved your recruitment teams' performance recently? I'd love to hear from you.

Published on: Oct 6, 2016