Best Recruitment Software for Small Businesses 2020

Selecting a software solution to help manage your recruitment process is an important decision. You will want to consider all angles and choose the product that is the best fit for your business and your budget. There is a huge variety of solutions to choose from, each with a range of different packages depending on your needs. So, to help you learn more about what’s on offer, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular products with a quick round up of features and pricing plans.

This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but we hope it helps to introduce you to the world of recruitment software for small businesses. We would love to hear your top picks so please do get in touch if there’s one we missed!

Breezy HR

Aimed at “fast growing companies from 10 to 10,000”, Breezy HR consistently comes at the top of review lists for recruitment solutions. It offers all the features you’d expect, plus some neat touches like a Chrome Extension to grab candidate profiles in one-click from LinkedIn, Xing, AngelList, Dribbble, or Github.

Features include:

  • Drag & drop pipeline management
  • Post to over 50 job boards
  • Intelligent candidate sourcing for proactive hiring
  • Customisable careers page and referrals link
  • Reporting and analytics.

They have a simple pricing model that starts from $149/month for the ‘Startup’ package. It’s packed with features and there’s no limit on users. If you’re keen to try it out, you can sign up online for a free trial – there’s also a ‘Bootstrap’ version that’s completely free.


This nifty offering from FreshWorks (the people behind FreshDesk and FreshSales) is technically more than just a recruitment application. However, we’ve included it here because it’s feature-rich and focuses mainly on the applicant tracking piece – think of it as “ATS Plus”. The extra bolt ons enable streamlined onboarding, a basic employee information system and time-off management.

Features include:

  • Smart interview scheduling
  • Mobile apps for hiring on the go
  • Interview kits and scorecards
  • Custom hiring pipelines
  • Resume parsing to reduce errors and manual input.

You can choose from a range of packages to suit your team size; remember that hiring managers count as users. ‘Blossom’ is £39/month (billed annually) per 50 users, or you can upgrade if you need more features. Best of all, with an always-free ‘lite’ version and a 21-day free trial, it’s relatively straight forward to take this for a test drive.


The aptly named Recruitee solution has an impressive client list. It’s a solid choice if you’re planning for growth and comes highly rated by its customers. With a ton of automation options, it’s also well suited to busy talent teams with high volumes of applicants. Recruitee also place a lot of value on data and reporting, which makes it simple to understand where your top candidates are sourced from.

Features include:

  • Create your own fully customised careers site
  • Post to premium & local job boards
  • Calendar & email integration
  • Video enabled for CVs and interviews
  • Extensive reporting capability.

As one of the pricier options available, you’ll want to make use of the 18-day free trial to check how this fits with your requirements. The entry level package starts at 65.83 euros per month (billed annually) but for large teams, the good news is you won’t be charged more for additional users.

MS Dynamics 365 Talent

If your business is already using the Microsoft suite of products, you might want to check out their Talent offering. As a bolt on to Dynamics, the obvious benefit here is complete integration with the rest of your day-to-day software applications, including LinkedIn Recruiter. Expect all the features you could possibly want, and more – all without leaving the comfort of your Office 365 window.

Features include:

  • Enables collaborative recruiting across the business
  • Streamlined interview scheduling
  • Offer management workflow
  • Interactive dashboard for pipeline management
  • Bolt ons available for talent development and employee engagement.

Talent is only available as an add-on to Microsoft Dynamics 365. The Attract module is listed from £6/user per month, or you can opt for Attract, Onboard and Core HR from £30.20/HR user per month and £6/employee per month.

Zoho Recruit

The recruitment software application from Zoho is packed with functionality, from job board integrations to an in-app activity stream so you can see what your colleagues have been working on. We particularly like the clever ideas to help manage high volumes of CVs, which include a Chrome extension to parse CVs directly from the internet.

Features include:

  • Post to popular job boards and social sites
  • Automated workflows and rules
  • Advanced CV management with Resume Inbox and parsing
  • Direct link to Indeed CV database
  • Advanced reporting & analytics.

Zoho offer a 15-day free trial so that you can test the system out before signing up. The ‘Standard’ plan starts from £18/user per month (billed annually) or you can upgrade to the ‘Professional’ plan at £36/user per month. For smaller organisations, there’s a ‘Forever Free’ plan with core features only.

Jazz HR

The solution from Jazz HR has been going for an impressive 10 years and counting and their website boasts an enviable client list. Their emphasis is on helping companies to scale quickly, by sourcing top talent. They also offer a high degree of customisation, which is essential if you think your needs might shift as your business grows.

Features include:

  • Customised employer branding options
  • Post to a range of paid and free job boards
  • Score-based candidate evaluation
  • Coordinate guided interviews
  • Streamlined offer management process.

Pricing plans are simple, covering a wide range of needs. The ‘Hero’ package starts at $39/month (billed annually) for up to 3 jobs at once. The next plan up is quite a jump, at $199/month (billed annually) but offers unlimited hiring capability. To help you decide, Jazz HR offers a 21-day free trial.

Making the right choice when it comes to selecting the best recruitment software for your small business in 2020

There’s rarely a perfect fit when it comes to choosing a software solution for your business. However, you can find the best fit for your needs if you take the time to compare what’s on offer. We recommend making a detailed note of your requirements – remember to ask all stakeholders, not just the current system or process owner.

Depending on the complexity of the system you choose, there will also be some work involved in implementing this and embedding it within your teams. Plan carefully for this and map out your existing processes and data – it will pay off in the long run and help you to maximise the value of your investment.

Is your favourite recruitment software missing from this list? Let us know what we missed by emailing or dropping us a note.

This post was first published in May 2019. It was updated most recently in January 2020.

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