These are challenging times for charities in the UK. While the need for their services is rising dramatically, only 18% of charitable organisations have the appropriate resources and tools to meet that demand.

This challenge is being compounded by the fact that the long-term impacts of Brexit have yet to manifest, the proportion of people giving money to charity saw a steady decline between 2016 and 2018 (69% to 65%) and budgets continue to tighten.

Among other challenges, this blend of factors means that many charities are understaffed. 88% of local charities have fewer than five full-time employees, while 55% have no full-time employees at all.

Could the development and adoption of AI-driven recruitment technologies help UK charities to unlock new efficiencies and address their staffing challenge?

Let’s take a look at what these AI-driven platforms can achieve and how they might benefit UK charities.

What Are AI-Driven Recruitment Platforms?

These powerful nascent platforms can automate critical recruitment tasks, such as:

  • Talent sourcing
  • CV screening
  • Candidate outreach
  • Candidate qualification

By helping with such tasks, those platforms can elevate hiring results and make hiring managers much more efficient.

Those platforms are growing in prominence, too: an impressive 96% of senior HR professionals believe that AI has the potential to enhance talent acquisition and retention significantly. In comparison, 55% of HR managers see evidence of AI becoming a regular part of HR within the next five years.

How AI-Driven Recruitment Will Benefit Charities

Here’s how we will see UK charities make the most of these platforms:

1. Reduce recruitment costs

According to findings from Glassdoor, the average cost of recruitment for a new employee in the UK is £3,000. That’s a significant amount of money for any private sector organisation, let alone a public sector charity.

In trying times, it’s critical that UK charities work as efficiently as possible and leverage new technologies to reduce that cost.

AI-driven recruitment tools are a great opportunity from this perspective.

These recruitment tools can help hiring managers within charities to automate critical tasks, unlock new efficiencies and find talent quicker. Using an AI-driven tool, for instance, hiring managers within charities will be able to access a wider pool of talent and sort through it much faster.

Those types of features can help drive down steep recruitment costs and protect the budgets of cash-strapped charities.

2. Free up valuable time

As we touched on earlier, charities often have very small teams. This means that multidisciplinary team members will usually wear several different hats – recruitment and hiring might prove to be a distraction from other more primary work.

AI-driven recruitment tools are going to liberate the time of charity workers, who’ll be better able to focus their attention on other areas. With more time on their hands, charity workers will be able to focus on crucial areas like fundraising and essential administrative tasks.

As AI-driven recruitment tools continue to mature, we’ll be sure to see teams within charities do great things with their newfound time.

3. Slash time-to-hire

The average time to hire in the UK lasts 26.8 working days. This is often longer within the public sector, too, owing to a lack of candidates and resources.

This presence of unfilled roles can negatively affect charities, given that it can cause significant operational challenges. Without the right team members, charities find it difficult to operate and place a considerable strain on existing team members.

AI-driven recruitment tools can help to expedite the time to hire, though, and give charities the power to find the right candidates within a reasonable timeframe.

4. Uncover appropriate candidates

It’s critical that charities are able to attract the right talent. Potential team members need to exhibit desirable personality and character traits that will set them up for success within a charity environment.

The process of finding sourcing those candidates according to those factors is never easy, however. It takes a lot of time and effort, which results in more expensive hires and a protracted sourcing period.

AI-driven tools are giving hiring managers new ways to sort and select their talent. These new functionalities can provide hiring managers within charities the ability to sort talent and source the perfect candidates to fill their essential roles.

Closing Thoughts

We’ll be sure to see AI-driven recruitment platforms mature over the coming years, and we’re very excited about how their application might benefit the many hard-working charities in the UK.

Here at Elevate, we’re delighted to play a part in discovering the potential of AI-driven recruitment technology. We look forward to helping charities across the UK and beyond unlock all of the benefits outlined above.

Finding the right talent is harder than ever before. Statistics from the Society for Human Resource Management tell us that 75% of recruiters believe there is a skills shortage among their applicants.

The war for talent means that recruiters must leverage cutting-edge tools and techniques to source the best candidates.

With time these tools and techniques evolve. For a significant period, Boolean search operators were a critical tool that gave recruiters the ability to surface relevant candidates.

Now, AI-driven sourcing is taking the lead.

In this post, we’ll explore those two concepts in more detail. We’ll then offer up five reasons why AI sourcing is superior to Boolean sourcing.

What Is Boolean Sourcing?

Boolean search allows recruiters to combine keywords alongside a series of operators to find the most relevant results. Those operators include AND, NOT and OR.

Recruiters can use those operators alongside brackets and quotation marks to tweak their search results to surface more suitable candidates. Specific search engines and applicant tracking systems also offer a range of additional tricks and tools to help recruiters refine their search even further.

When using Google, for instance, recruiters can start their search with “site:” to perform an x-ray search and surface results from a specific domain. Here’s an example of a typical Boolean search using Google:

As you can see, the Boolean search returns relevant results based on the keywords and operators that were used.

What Is AI Sourcing?

AI sourcing is much more powerful. Recruiters can use AI-powered platforms to search through vast databases in a matter of seconds intelligently. The AI algorithms can weigh and balance several factors to present recruiters with the most appropriate and suitable candidates.

This power is the driving force behind Gartner’s estimation that the business value of AI will reach a staggering $3.9 trillion by 2022

Let’s dig deeper into the key differences between Boolean and AI sourcing.

Five Reasons AI Sourcing Is Better Than Boolean Sourcing

AI-driven sourcing will replace Boolean sourcing in the not too distant future. Here are the five factors driving the explosive growth of AI sourcing.

1. Easier to use

Mastering the art of Boolean sourcing is no easy task. Recruiters will often spend hours upon hours learning the intricacies of Boolean search – and there’s no guarantee that they’re going to get the best results.

AI-driven platforms, on the other hand, are very elegant and simple to use. Recruiters can quickly set up their searches with just a few clicks and rest assured that they’re going to see every viable candidate for their position.

This ease of use means that recruiters can say goodbye to the hours spent learning Boolean search and invest in other areas of growth.

2. See More Sophisticated Results

Boolean searches are powerful, but recruiters have no guarantee that those searches deliver comprehensive results.

This is because Boolean logic only offers up yes or no results – there’s no space for “maybe”. This means that recruiters might find themselves missing out on that perfect candidate due to the inflexibility of Boolean search.

AI-driven logic is much more powerful. Those searches can embrace and understand ambiguity to give recruiters the full spectrum of potential candidates. The most sophisticated AI-driven searches will use natural language processing, for instance, to identify synonyms and the relationships between words.

3. More Free Time for Recruiters

Boolean searches are not only challenging to master, but they can also take a long time to execute. Even the most skilled Boolean expert will have to type out their search and proofread it carefully manually – a single misplaced piece of punctuation can undo a Boolean search, after all.

AI sourcing is much faster. Recruiters can configure their searches in a matter of seconds and leave the heavy lifting to sophisticated algorithms. In the blink of an eye, those recruiters will have comprehensive and high-quality results before them.

This speed means that recruiters can work as efficiently as possible. Recruiters who use the Elevate AI Platform enjoy a 90% reduction in search time. This empowers recruiters to invest their time in what they do best – connecting with candidates.

Technology is making recruitment more human. Looking to learn more? Read our piece on how AI enhances the human element of recruitment.

4. Eliminate Unconscious Bias

Diverse workplaces are more innovative, creative and productive. Those companies also benefit from a stronger employer brand and an enhanced level of employee engagement.

Unconscious bias can become a serious barrier to achieving a truly diverse workplace. The Guardian recently published an insightful piece on unconscious bias in Britain. The article makes it clear that unconscious bias is still an issue within recruitment.

AI-driven sourcing surfaces the most appropriate candidates and presents them to recruiters. While those algorithms can be configured to pay attention to factors like race and gender, they can help recruiters to break free from their unconscious bias.

5. Surface More Suitable Candidates

Boolean searches return a list of results with no further insight. Your dream candidate might be at the top of the list – or they might be buried under several unsuitable candidates.

This means that recruiters spend countless hours tediously sorting through potential candidates. While they might have a pool of potential candidates before them, they’ve still got to find the diamond in the rough.

AI-driven searches can weigh several factors to deliver the most suitable candidates in a logical order. This expedites the search process and means that recruiters are presented with the most suitable candidates.

Recruiters who use the Elevate AI Platform enjoy a 20% increase in suitable candidates, for instance.

Unlock the Power of AI Sourcing with Elevate

Are you ready to say goodbye to Boolean and hello to AI-powered sourcing? Step into the future of recruitment with Elevate’s leading Talent Intelligence platform today.

Estimates from Gartner suggest that the business value of artificial intelligence will reach a whopping $3.9 trillion by 2022.

The firm suggests that the majority of this growth will initially be driven by AI’s ability to process large datasets at a blazingly-fast pace and in unique ways. This power continues to open up exciting new possibilities for countless industries.

Recruitment is one of those industries: according to LinkedIn, 76% of recruiters believe that AI will have a somewhat significant impact on our industry.

A subsection of those recruiters wonders whether AI will prove itself as a threat to the recruitment industry. Could machines and unfeeling logic make recruitment less human?

On the contrary, we believe that AI will make recruitment more human than ever before.

Here’s How AI Will Enhance The Human Element in Recruitment

There’s a very high chance that the emergence and proliferation of AI will result in more human-oriented recruitment. Here’s a look at the five ways AI is likely going to enhance the human element:

1. Reduce unconscious bias

Countless studies have shown that diverse workforces are happier, more productive and more innovative. A blend of backgrounds and characters also mean that companies benefit from a potent mixture of skills and experiences.

Unfortunately, unconscious bias in recruitment can make it challenging to cultivate a genuinely diverse workspace. Despite best efforts, the majority of recruitment professionals form unconscious opinions on their candidates based on small amounts of information.

We are social creatures, and we can’t help but demonstrate unconscious biases. Anything from the intonation of a person’s voice to the clothes that they wear will register on some level.

AI is already proving to be a powerful tool in the fight against bias and discrimination, though: several AI-driven technologies can help to surface the most appropriate candidates and assist with blind hiring.

In this sense, AI-driven recruitment is empowering recruiters to eliminate unconscious bias so that they can put together fantastic teams.

2. Free up recruiters’ time

Recruitment professionals often display solid interpersonal skills that they use to put together strong teams. They’ll rely on those abilities to identify future needs, source the right candidates, design job descriptions and much more.

Unfortunately, several repetitive tasks can make it difficult for recruitment professionals to focus on the core job. All too often, recruiters are stuck filing paperwork, fiddling with various job platforms and trying to keep a keen eye on the latest employment laws.

In this sense, AI is a big help. It can take care of repetitive tasks so that recruiters are better able to focus on the human side of their work, resulting in better outcomes for businesses and candidates alike.

3. Personalise learning and development

Companies that offer comprehensive training programs often enjoy a 218% higher income per employee when compared to those businesses that don’t invest in training. Unfortunately, many companies struggle to get the most from training programs. They might find it challenging to get started at all.

Thankfully, AI can offer exciting insights into the skill sets and preferences of candidates, helping businesses to place a strong focus on developing the potential of each employee with catered learning and development courses.

This feature of AI can help recruiters to understand better their candidates and how they might develop in a given role, again emphasising the individual.

4. Increase hiring volume for businesses

According to figures from Workable, the average time to hire is around a month. This will vary, of course, according to factors like the position and region. That’s quite a significant amount of time, though, and it means that recruiters often struggle to fuel their company with quality candidates regularly.

Thankfully, AI can help to expedite the time to hire allowing recruiters access to quality candidates in record time and then do what they do best – work to assess and develop that person’s skill set.

With AI giving recruiters a helping hand, those professionals will find it easier to build large and diverse teams.

5. Drive demand for more human-oriented HR professionals

As we watch AI transform the recruitment industry over the coming years, we’ll be sure to notice how the desired skillsets for recruiters shift. With AI taking care of the repetitive activities and sourcing of quality candidates, we’ll see businesses search for recruiters who have incredibly strong and insightful interpersonal skills.

With AI working away behind the scenes, the spotlight will be firmly on recruiters and their ability to assess the character of their candidates. In this sense, AI will undoubtedly help to bring about the human side of recruitment.

Recruiters will be better able and more free to forge authentic connections with their candidates and help to create more human workplaces.

Unlock the Power of AI-Driven Talent Intelligence with Elevate

Here at Elevate, we’re incredibly excited about the potential of AI to reveal the human side of recruitment. Are you ready to leverage the real power of talent intelligence? Learn more about Elevate AI and how our platform can help you to retain, engage and attract the best talent.