Human Resource professionals use a wide range of software these days in their everyday activities. The range of tasks involves everything from recruiting to payroll, and having targeted software support allows you to develop robust business strategies. Widely-used human resource software such as ATS systems, talent networks, and others allow HR professionals to do their job better and more cost-effectively.

Here are the top 4 types of HR software used in Human Resources:

Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Applicant tracking systems are used by the majority of employers to track and process job applications. These systems are used to automate the process and they make it extremely easy for recruiters to search for information while trying to fill open requisitions.

HR Portal/Knowledgebase

Another piece of software that most HR professionals use is their own specific portal or knowledgebase. These contain comprehensive information that employees would otherwise need to contact their HR rep about. Creating a database with self-service questions and answers frees up a lot of HR department time.


One of the most critical software suites that HR  professionals rely on is payroll. Calculating employee pay according to your business’s schedule is extremely important. Not having the right type of software can cost your company millions, not only in miscalculated payroll payments, but also in lawsuits if you end up not paying someone correctly, based on time worked.


These systems are put in place so HR professionals can take a look at everything about a current employee. They can check everything from salary to job title to performance reviews. Information is usually automatically updated when an employee is given a raise or new job title. This is great software for keeping track of all of your employee information.

While the specific software suites used vary, because companies work in such different ways, these four functions are hugely assisted by the current software offerings. Understanding the core competencies and principals behind each software program will help you determine which kind of software will meet your specific work requirements and help you become more proficient and efficient at your job.

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, is an author, speaker, Human Resources professional, and workplace social media expert who has a passion for recruiting, training, and all things social media. She is the president and CEO of Xceptional HR, and a leader in the HR community with more than 12 years of industry experience. The author of Tweet This! Twitter for Business, Jessica was named by HR Examiner as the second most influential recruiter on the Internet and the seventh most powerful woman on Twitter. She is a columnist for both SmartBrief and The Huffington Post, in addition to Blogging4Jobs and Human Resources One on One. Jessica has been interviewed for professional articles in CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, SHRM’s HR Magazine, and on CBS. Jessica earned a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation in 2008, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Business from Kansas State University. Originally from a small town in Kansas, Jessica currently lives near Oklahoma City with her husband, Greg and daughter, Ryleigh.


  • Avatar Connor Biggs says:

    By all means professional software is an integral part of any job. Like, seriously, can you imagine doing your job without using special programs? How much more time it would take to perform your ordinary task without exploitation of software?

  • Avatar Kevin says:

    Yeah, probably we should sometimes stop and think how easier our life is in comparison with that of our grandparents, when they didn’t have all the fancy equipment and programs to do things instead of them. But at the same time, they managed to perform their job not an inch worse than we do.

  • Avatar Julie says:

    I think I’d simply be unemployed if one day we found ourselves in the world without computer programs. It appears that there’s nothing else I can do apart from clicking the buttons on my screen.

  • Avatar Molly says:

    I think we all understand you, Julie, as we all became slaves to smart software. We feel so comfortable with programs calculating, finding necessary stuff in the web etc. that we wouldn’t be able to recover if one day we lost it all. It’s the greatest accomplishment of humanity that we’ve reached this level of development, but at the same time it’s the biggest shame that we allowed ourselves to relax to an extreme point.

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