Written by Holly Watson | December 5, 2017
With many people longing to work for charities and make a positive impact as part of their job, you might think that recruiting within the non-profit sector would be easy.
However, when it comes to finding the right talent for their organisations, HR teams within charities are faced with many challenges.
With cuts to government grants over the past decade, organisations are under greater pressure to hire the staff they need with significantly smaller budgets. Time is also precious; as competition for niche skill-sets becomes even stronger, staff have to invest more time in finding the best talent.
Using technology, such as an applicant tracking system (ATS), is a great way of easing the strain put on HR and recruitment teams.
Webrecruit works closely with several charities and other non-profit organisations to help them improve their recruitment processes through technology.
But what are the specific benefits that technology can deliver?
1. Finding talent is easier
Despite charities being popular organisations to work for, attracting candidates with niche skill-sets can be a challenge. Salaries tend to be lower in the non-profit sector and this can be a deterrent. Lower recruitment budgets also mean that exposure across job boards can be limited.
As such, HR and recruitment professionals have to be proactive in sourcing talent and this is where recruitment software can help.
An ATS will allow you to build talent pools, where you’re able to search for candidates by skills and experience. This means that before you spend any money advertising your vacancy, you can check your system to see if your ideal candidate already exists on there. This allows you to save time in sourcing candidates and any extra money your organisation may have spent on advertising the vacancy.
2. Makes internal processes more efficient
Many non-profit organisations don’t have a dedicated recruitment function and HR teams can often be stretched for time. It’s important that internal processes are as efficient as possible to make recruitment easier and quicker for everyone involved.
Technology can significantly reduce the amount of administration associated with recruiting and can automate many of the manual processes that drain your time on a day-to-day basis. With an ATS, you can quickly access key information about candidates, schedule interviews and send out bulk communications.
3. Improves the candidate experience
Recruitment technology doesn’t just benefit your team and internal processes; it can also help to improve the candidate experience.
Most applicant tracking systems offer a mobile-optimised, branded online application process for candidates so they can apply for roles on the move. Automated email notifications also mean that your candidates are always kept updated on the progress of their application, no matter what stage of the recruitment process they’re at.
4. Track your spend and results easier
With budgets being cut, HR departments are having to justify every penny they spend on recruitment. Recruitment software allows you to easily generate reports so you can monitor your spend and performance without having to manually input data into spreadsheets.
Report on your top advertising sources, identify where you’re wasting your budget and produce diversity and equal opportunities reports. Reporting functionality is also a great way of keeping track of your vital metrics, including time-to-hire and cost-per-hire.
5. Makes it easier to share your jobs and mission
It’s important for charities and non-profit organisations to do everything they can to spread the word of their mission; after all, it’s your cause which is going to attract candidates.
Recruitment software allows you to share your vacancies on your company’s social media accounts with the click of a button (without having to pester your marketing team to share them for you!) This enables you to reach your followers and supporters easier – what better people to come and work for your business?
Want to learn more about the benefits recruitment software can bring to your organisation? Request a demo of Webrecruit’s Fusion ATS to see how it can improve your recruitment process.