The Recruiters Toolkit: A collection of 46 Chrome Extensions for Sourcing

You may want to sit down for this one – it will change_your_life.  There is a brand new world of tools for us that increases productivity, decreases time-to-hire, and increase quality-of-hire. These mysterious tools are called Google Chrome Extensions.  Chrome extensions can prove to be a wonderful addition to any recruiters toolkit, if integrated properly. Unfortunately, chrome extensionsChrome Fingers can also be a massive time suck which is why we’ve decided to outline 46 of the best extensions the RecruitingTools community loves to use.

The Matrix of Chrome Extensions

Ok, all sarcasm aside, finding the right mix of extensions will absolutely give you some time back, and make sourcing, recruiting, employment branding and marketing quite a bit easier.  Extensions definitely have more impact than what the nay-sayers have to say about “those extensions.”  It’s possible extensions created trauma for folks stuck in their ways. Sometimes, it’s easier to use a quick tool you know produces 90%+ of the same results versus using “tried and true” best practices, it’s a basic prioritization decision (disclaimer: mad respect to industry leaders, but sometimes old-school logic seems, well, not logical).

In the last nine months, I’ve researched, tested, and evaluated more extensions than a normal person should, and pulled together what I lovingly deem GSD: A Talent-Pro’s Chrome Extension Guide.  If GSD is foreign, you’ll be enlightened by this definition.

Combining Chrome extensions bodes well for workarounds and increasing efficiency. Let me rephrase this: we all do more with less and are running, errr, sprinting to keep up, so simplifying life seems like a natural solution.  I promise, tested Chrome extensions are not trying to harm us or our industry, so just download and download and…

With any luck, this Toolkit will add a few extra hours to your day.  With no further ado, let’s review…

Extensions No One Should EVER Live Without

  • ProductHunt: Hunt for inspiration, creativity and keep up with new products and possible disruptions to our industry.
  • Sortd for Gmail: Organize your gmail life, more user-friendly than expected.
  • Dropbox for Gmail: Have Dropbox?  Add the extension.  It makes sending years of files to your sourcing and recruiting buddies so much easier.
  • Streak: A top-notch email tracking, mail-merging, template building and CRM all-in-one.  Since we have additional tools to stalk, I mean research, candidates, Streak has the most robust features.
  • Pocket: How much content do we try to keep up on while at work?  Save articles for later.  There’s an app for that, too.

 Recruiting and Sourcing

  • Prophet: Prophet finds email addresses and uses smart technology to guess if a person has no social footprint. Plus, it gets better every week.
  • Connectifier: Find emails for anyone.  Best return comes from LinkedIn and Twitter searches.
  • Email Hunter:  Hello company email directory! Visit a site and get a list of their email addresses directly in your browser.
  • Thrust.io:  “Quickly find anyone’s email at any startup.”  Enough said.
  • Mentor-Social Talent:  If you aren’t addicted, you will be.  First, sign up on socialtalent.co, download the extension and source like a champ.
  • WhoWorksAt  Know who you’re connections are working at a company just by visiting their company site.
  • Search Bar:  A power search for just about anything.
  • Import.io: Create awesome sourcing lists, similar to Scraper, but easy with a magic button.  Sign up then add the “magic” bookmarklet.
  • Discover.ly: connect with your team to view everyone’s collaborative connections.
  • Archively: A candidate CRM/database ideal for start-ups.  Create an account, download the chrome extension and their API directly uploads candidates from the web into the database.

Creative and Recruitment Marketing

  • Pinterest: Personal and employment branding on Pinterest is gaining momentum by the week.  The Pin Button lets you pin articles, decks, and much more.
  • Canva:  Need to create something quickly but aren’t a perfect designer?  The extension keeps it easy to jump in and out.
  • Search by Image:  Find the source of any image plus find perfect images for any project.
  • TweetDeck Launcher: Click. Launch. Source and research.
  • Buffer:  Ahhh, Buffer.  The extension simplifies social content extension even more.  
  • Grammarly: Don’t get caught with poor grammar (nervous just writing that).  Download the extension.
  • RiteTag:  Know your #hashtags mean something to the Twitterverse based on color-coating.

Chrome Extensions for Productivity

  • Silencer: Mute people, phrases, hashtags, and more on Twitter and Facebook to keep unnecessary distractions at bay.
  • YouTube AdBlock: It’s true!  Liberate yourself from YouTube ads.
  • AdBlock General AdBlock is available, too.
  • Evernote Clipper:  Effortlessly add info into Evernote sans toggling back-and-forth or copy-and-paste.
  • Momentum:  Keep yourself on task with a minimalistic background, reminders and inspiration to GSD.
  • Evernote Clipper:  Easily add info directly to Evernote.  Save yourself time and headache.
  • Hangouts:  Jumping from call to meeting to Hangouts. Use the start extension to join the meeting that began – crap – five minutes ago.
  • Bit.ly:  Shorten your links with the press of an extension.
  • Pushbullet:  Text, IM, etc from your computer, keeping all communication streamlined versus loading your purses and pockets with four devices.

Miscellaneous Must-Have Chrome Extensions

  • Check My Links:  Ensure all hyperlinks work before pushing content live.
  • Save As PDF:  Just as the name implies, save any web page as a PDF.
  • Clipular: Easily cut graphics, text – you name it – from any web site. Free yourself from cut-and- paste, ‘save image as’, etc.
  • Print Friendly:  Print any web page without annoying banners or ads.
  • OneTab:  Are you slightly obsessed and having CPU issues?  Install this friendly performance enhancer.
  • The Great Suspender Automatically disable un-used extensions and increase your CPU.
  • Ghostery:  Decide who can and can’t follow your behavior or web site; safety for you site and personal data.
  • MyPermissions:  Clean up any Chrome crap that is taking up space instead of taking up space.
  • Extensify: All your extensions kept in one place, plus you can quickly enable or disable any extension.
  • @deandacosta:  Ok, he’s not an extension, but he’s a Master-of-Tools who knows which extensions rock our world.

I hope you find this toolkit proves useful and you get some time back. A wise man once said, moderation is key, so an obsessive, extension-only lifestyle isn’t recommended. Formulate an extension toolkit perfect for you. It’s your turn to chime in!  Which extensions improve your workday?  Tell us how work extended beyond the web page onto a toolbar.

In the meantime, go forth and Extension-away.

Here is a playlist of RecruitingTool videos (not mentioned above as extensions) to keep you even more busy

 

About the author

Marie Burn Recruiting Tools AuthorMarie Burns is a Boston based talent acquisition and management, culture, and organizational development leader who rapidly scales companies, primarily startups and mid-sized orgs, through strategic programs, motivating teams and executing fresh innovative ideas. She is consistently referred to as a “hired gun”​ (no pun intended). She founded TalentAmp in 2014 to accelerate, empower and train entrepreneurs, start-ups, hiring managers and recruiters on how to effectively hire the best and knock their hiring strategy out of the park.

Marie speaks at national and local conferences, panels and coaches young entrepreneurs in the Northeast, from high school to post Bachelor’s. She is published with some of the cool kids such as The Muse, Mashable, Forbes and the likes.



  • Is WhoWorksAt up and running again? I thought that LinkedIn shut down the API that allowed that one to work last year.

    • It was when I checked, but it is down. #bummer. I have more to add, but think 45 is enough for now!

      • Dave

        In that case maybe you can take down “Search by Image”, because it’s nicely integrated in the last chrome version. Great list, looking forward to more additions!

        • I had to enable it in by adding the extension…maybe I should check into my version. Thx for the tip! I do have ‘search by voice’ in the latest. Yeahhh…….:)

    • Marcel Rietveld

      It doesn’t work anymore!

  • Tony Stemen

    Great article. Thanks for posting!

  • Robin Milstead Urgiles

    Amazing article! We talk about the best ones all the time…but this is the most robust article Ive seen. Thank you!

    • You’re welcome! Since written, more great ones have been released that are gaining traction and quite useful.

  • aaran

    I have been using ublock origin in place of adblock. Its easier on the CPU and has manual blocking as well (right click something and remove it from the page)

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en

    Great list, thanks for putting it together!

    • Thanks for the add – I’ll try it. CPU is one of the biggest issues, obviously!

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  • Thrust.IO seems to just point to a website. Can you share the Chrome extension? Thanks!

  • Niraj Ranjan Rout

    Excellent article, Marie. That is certainly a great list you’ve put together. I’m sure that using these extensions will help you source faster than ever. Thanks, Niraj (Founder at grexit.com)

  • Thanks Marie, very useful. Happy to mention our Chrome sourcing tool as well: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/recruitee/nhhfoaoafpdjengjbndbdojlnfjlafpc?hl=en

    • Added – just saw the article & thought I saw it on PHunt. Will dig some more.

      • Hi Marie, thanks! True, we were featured on PH with our new career site editor. Sourcing is available as plugin for Chrome and Firefox.

  • Hey party people – the grammarly link is here: https://www.grammarly.com/extension-success to hit the extension / I’ll make sure to launch the article sooner next time! 🙂

  • Hi Marie,
    Can I also add a free Facebook Search Chrome Extension to your list. http://www.intel-sw.com/blog/facebook-search/

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  • Ivan Harrison

    Looks just like a post I did in May 2015 😉

    • That’s a nice comment. And, this was Aug 2015 🙂 _ things certainly change fast, don’t they! We all learn from each other – happy to hear what you have to say and add to the party. We all love learning!

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  • Wow, 46 tools! That’s quite a lot 😀 Good list, most of the extensions in here are new to me.

  • Rohit Khanna

    eToggler Find the email for your contacts is the similar product in line with Email Hunter. I have used both of them and would vote 1 grade up to eToggler. They are real fast and work on actual Linkedin page.

    You can populate the list by clicking on eToggler button displayed at the bottom of the page.

    Their algorithm looks similar but I find almost 70% email for linkedin contacts using their extension.

    On the other hand I am also impressed with Email Hunter as they have done lot of data work. Crawling web is not an easy task which they seems to have managed well. Hats off to them.

    Being some what into sales and marketing I use both eToggler and Email Hunter daily.

  • Rohit Khanna

    Finding professional email address was never that easy!

    You know who you want to contact — now if only you could find an email address. eToggler.com is the easiest way to find professional email addresses. eToggler’s chrome browser plugin lets you look up anyone’s email address on Linkedin.

    You can build a list of prospects by clicking on eToggler’s button displayed at the bottom of the linkedin page. It’s that simple…

    It’s handy browser extension that checks publicly available data sources to find someone’s email address. The basic plan will let you search up to 15 emails per day.

  • Doris

    Hi,
    When it comes to Prophet – is this possible that it doesn’t work properly in Germany?


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