What does a Talent Acquisition Specialist do?

A corporate recruiter is responsible for filling open positions for an organization. They conduct the process from the stage of locating potential applicants via various sources, such as social media or resume banks, to interviewing and offering positions to qualified applicants. Corporate recruiters often specialize in one job field, such as information technology, and recruit only candidates from this area. To find recruits, some corporate recruiters travel to job fairs or attend networking events.

Corporate recruiters usually have a background in human resources (HR) and often possess a bachelor's degree in business or HR. A recruiter may also pursue certifications, after working for at least one year in the role, from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Successful workers in this industry have strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to weigh multiple variables to make important decisions, and have a good sense of character.

  • Locate qualified, potential applicants using databases or online job posting boards
  • Communicate with potential applicants by phone, email, or in person
  • Screen resumes and interview candidates for various positions within an organization
  • Create job announcements that list requirements for each job, such as desired work experience, education, and job skills
  • Apply principles of behavioral interviewing to access the qualifications of candidates
  • Investigate referrals, references, and social media sources to formulate a well-rounded view of applicants
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with colleges and local organizations to participate in job fairs or networking events
  • Prepare attracting hiring packages and communicate with selected applicants to offer employment
  • Significant recruiting experience for a high-volume organization, agency, or executive search firm strongly preferred
  • Willingness to use cold or warm calling methods to recruit or research potential applicants
  • Familiarity with applicant tracking systems and social media applications
  • Excellent analytical skills to track metrics and interpret data for strategic recruiting campaigns
  • A professional, courteous demeanor on the phone and in-person
  • An impeccable public image, including on social media
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially the ability to network and establish professional relationships
  • Availability to travel within the United States to attend job fairs and networking events
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritize in a demanding, fast-paced environment with strict deadlines
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
4.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Talent Acquisition Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£37,030 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£24K
Median: £37K
£57K
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Talent Acquisition Specialist Career Path

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L2
Corporate Recruiter
£33,874/yr
L3
L4
Leader of HR
£57,045/yr
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MicrodeskMicrodesk
Talent Acquisition Manager
28 Apr 2020

“Structure around career growth and development is a work in progress here but I am seeing the improvements!”

DISHDISH
Talent Acquisition Specialist
3 Aug 2020

“I was not happy and worked my butt off with no recognition except from my peers.”

RTI InternationalRTI International
Talent Acquisition Specialist
29 Apr 2020

“The people here are great and I hope to retire from here like so many others have done.”

LifeWorksLifeWorks
Corporate Recruiter
4 Dec 2019

“It has been a great learning experience and I am looking forward to continuing learning and growing.”

iCIMSiCIMS
Talent Acquisition Specialist
18 Feb 2021

“The team is top notch and I am so thankful to work for the leader in the industry.”

Wheeler Staffing PartnersWheeler Staffing Partners
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22 Oct 2021

“Wheeler Staffing Partners is the only company within my career that prioritized teamwork and true professionalism.”

Frozen MountainFrozen Mountain
People & Talent Specialist
16 Sep 2020

“I love getting to work with such incredibly smart and caring people on a day to day basis.”

MSH Talent Solutions
Talent Acquisition Consultant
6 Feb 2020

“The ambiance is great to work as you always feel valued for your contribution in terms of work and thoughts.”

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