Uncovering the roles and duties of a Talent Acquisition Manager

Talent Acquisition Managers deliver a full recruiting life-cycle. They are in charge of planning, developing, managing and overseeing talent acquisition and recruitment processes and strategies. 

Talent Acquisition Managers represent the lead source driving talent into an organization. The scope of their job has changed over the past few years and their role does no longer end with onboarding of employees; rather, they ensure the ongoing and future organizational talent demands are met and measured.

Throughout this article, we will talk about the skills needed for this job and the career paths often followed to get to it.

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Through our analysis we gathered information about Talent Acquisition Managers profiles around the globe, here are some of the most relevant insights we drew:

As the role of Talent Acquisition Managers within an organization evolves, their job becomes more demanding in term of skills range. Our analysis has revealed some of the most common skills for Talent Acquisition Managers that we try to explore here below.

  • Recruiting: The overall process of attracting, shortlisting, selecting and appointing suitable candidates for jobs within an organization. This is the basic skill of Talent Acquisition Manager which all the other skills have to revolve around.

  • Human resources management: The strategic approach to effective management of people in an organization, so that they help the business gain a competitive advantage. It is designed to maximize employee performance in the service of the company strategic objectives. Talent Acquisition Managers have to be knowledgeable in HRM to get a clear idea of the organization's talent performance and predict future recruitment goals.

  • Talent Management: Refers to the anticipation of required human capital for an organization and the planning to meet those needs. It's the science of using strategic human resource planning to improve business value and to make it possible for organizations to reach their goals. Talent Acquisition Managers are involved in this process as they have a good grasp of the talent market trends and can help with the workforce planning as well as with hiring the required talents to meet the planning goals.

  • Sourcing: The activity of proactively identifying, contacting, and engaging qualified candidates for an organization rather than waiting for candidates to apply on their own. This is one of the earliest and most important steps in the talent acquisition process. The talent war for rare profiles requires Talent Acquisition Managers to develop a competitive strategy to get their part of the talents' interest and attention and meet the organizational needs.

  • Technical recruiting: The process of finding candidates to fill technical jobs, such as jobs in IT or Engineering. Technical recruiting is a unique type of recruitment that requires, in addition to all of the skills and traits of regular recruitment, in-depth knowledge of a given industry or field. With the fast rising of new technologies and processes, Talent Acquisition Managers have to keep a reasonable level of understanding of the different fields they are seeking talent in. 

  • Leadership: This skill is mainly about establishing a clear vision, inspiring others to follow with it, and provide the knowledge and methods to realize it. Talent Acquisition Managers are often in charge of a diverse team that handles recruiting, sourcing, ..., and to get their team working to towards a unified vision with a clear strategy they have to rely on good leadership skills.

After talking about the top skills Talent Acquisition Managers need to succeed in their job, it's time to see what are the companies with most paid paths for these profiles. Through our analysis, we created the chart bellow ranking the top 10 companies for Talent Acquisition Managers.

Now that we've learned about top skills and companies for Talent Acquisition Managers, it's time to look at their early beginnings and see how they kicked off their careers. 

As our analysis reveals, many Talent Acquisition Managers start their professional careers in HR or Management. Below are some of their most frequent first job titles.

 

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