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5 ways recruitment is different from Talent Acquisition

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Recruitment and talent acquisition are equally crucial to any business scaling in terms of growth and success. It’s a common notion that recruitment and talent acquisition are the same. Although both of their core purposes resonate with each other, they differ in their nature and approach. What you need to use depends on what you want to achieve, which I’ll be explaining shortly.

Recruitment Vs Talent Acquisition 

As I mentioned earlier, recruitment and talent acquisition are different in their nature and approach. Let me give you a better understanding by comparing them with the motorsports series. F1 and 24 Hours of Le Mans are two prominent motorsports that originated to crown the best cars. F1 is all about speed, and the car that completes all the laps or stands first in the two-hour race, wins. On the flip side, the car that endures and comes first in the 24 hours of continuous circuit laps wins the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.  

Here, recruitment can be compared to F1, which aims to fill the positions quicker. The continuous search for talent over more extended periods in talent acquisition resonates with 24 Hours of Le Mans.  

Now that you have got the basic idea of what each means, we will delve into specific differences.  

Recruitment vs Talent Acquisition


While recruitment and talent acquisition have similar purpose of hiring talent, their goals are different. Recruitment is when you have to fill urgent vacancies in the company to ensure business continuity. In this, your prime objective is to close the openings in the quickest time possible and therefore, the skillset is less of a concern.   

Whereas in talent acquisition process, your focus tends to be on hiring highly skilled people with an ongoing strategy spread over the long term. The talent acquisition team’s goal is to find the right talent for a given role with long-term human resources planning.  

Time period  

Time is one of the significant factors that draws the line between recruitment and talent acquisition. Recruitment is meant for closing the immediate openings in the time crunch. Whenever there’s a sudden spike in business demands or need to replace the existing employee(s), recruiters resort to recruitment to fill the positions in a short period.   

Apart from the other roles, recruiters are always in search of the right people for skill and experience-centric roles, such as executives, specialists, and managers. Filling those positions requires proper planning and strategy months ahead, that’s why talent acquisition process is considered as preparation for Iron Man (race). 

Intermittent Vs Continuous  

Recruitment is all about making sure that the business’s substantial talent needs are met for smooth functioning all the time. From sourcing to successful onboarding of candidates, recruitment is linear and circumstantial. It might happen once or multiple times in a year depending on vacancies created in the organization due to sudden employee exits or upsizing departments.  

When you look from the vantage point, you will realize that your company needs specific talent to innovate and drive the organization in a highly competitive niche market. The market and consumer behavior are prone to new trends, and businesses have to modify their products/services correspondingly.

To lead and drive the change, skilled people are to be brought inside the company, and TA teams are responsible for keeping their eyes on these trends and chart down a strategy to fill the challenging roles like CFO or product manager.  


While both mean to fill the positions, roles are also deciding factors for choosing the right method. For example, when recruiting for a large number of candidates for an IT firm, the typical roles range from developers and other individual contributors.   

For the same IT firm, the strategic, managerial and leadership roles are not that easy to fill and do take time. Talent acquisition provides a clear plan of action to find productive and skillful people for these challenging roles.  

When to recruit or acquire talent?  

In recruitment, you know the requirements and responsibilities that a candidate needs to fulfill and go after them. Let’s say that a business has created a new position or an employee is on their notice period, then the recruiter will start analyzing the roles and responsibilities of the said position.

Once there’s a clear picture, the HR teams will begin their hunt and leverage different channels to find fit candidates. Similarly, when a company acquires a huge project, the talent needs are sufficed with mass recruiting to meet the immediate labor demands.  

On the other hand, the HR or dedicated TA team uses a talent acquisition strategy, keeping a strategic vision in mind. The TA specialists anticipate the talent needs and positions that might arise in the future. Thus, talent acquisition is opted when you are looking for people to match them with the top roles in the company or roles that necessarily don’t have to exist now but have a chance in the future.   

Bottom line 

Recruitment and talent acquisition both are critical to an organization’s growth. However, due to the increased unemployment rate and skill incompatibility in the talent pool, recruitment is becoming tight. In today’s world, the roles are becoming amorphous and companies are hiring for the attitude and strengths making the skills a minor league as people will eventually grow into a role that a company wants.

With skill gap analysis, right planning, and employer branding, talent acquisition can support a business’s projected long-term future goals. An ATS can greatly assist TA teams to keep an eye on these talents over a period of time and helps in devising a powerful talent acquisition strategy coupled with analytics. 

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