Recruitment Specialists, also called Talent Acquisition Specialists, are responsible for finding the right employees for an organisation. They generally work closely in partnership with the human resource manager of an organisation, and may either work within an organisation itself, or be contracted by a recruitment consultancy. These recruitment specialists are experienced at working with potential candidates, both from inside the organisation, through sourcing processes, and interviewing them for the specific job role that is being sought. One of the key factors that differentiate Recruitment Specialists from an HR professional, is that Recruitment Specialists are rarely, if ever, directly involved in the initial interview stage of the recruitment process, as they are usually outsourced to a recruitment consultancy. While an HR professional may interview potential candidates on a personal level, a Recruitment Specialist is rarely asked to conduct interviews - though they may interview a candidate for a more specialized role, or for a position that requires additional skills, experience or knowledge not a candidate may possess.
As well as interviewing for job roles, the recruitment specialist should be able to access the appropriate talent for the job, through both on-line and off-line talent acquisition strategies. Recruitment Specialists utilise the most up-to-date technology and systems to find talent, including a high quality database of available talent, an ability to interface with the wider recruitment industry, in order to find the right talent, training and support for the specific role. Recruitment Specialists utilise a variety of communication methods to communicate with candidates for jobs within the organisation, including via direct contact, messaging services, VOIP/Skype, Blackberries, laptops and mobile phones. Many recruitment consultancies have a well-developed and structured communication system between the recruitment agency and candidates and job candidates. Recruitment specialists should also be able to develop a strong business case, utilising available resources to communicate with candidates and providing a thorough assessment of a candidate's suitability for the role.
A recruitment specialist has a wide range of skills that allow them to assess whether a person could be the perfect fit for the role. Recruitment specialists may work as general Human Resources (HR) officers, recruiters and HR managers. Recruitment specialists can train staff to improve their skills so they can add value to the organisation, as well as recruiting and hiring suitable staff. The overall responsibility for recruiting and developing new staff, as well as working with existing staff to improve efficiency and professionalism are the responsibility of a recruitment specialist.