You can have recruitment without talent acquisition, but you cannot have talent acquisition without recruitment. Recruitment (at least the definition) is simple: finding talent to fill open positions. Talent acquisition, however, is a much bigger animal. Talent acquisition takes into account future roles that will need to be filled, and future gaps in talent that may arise. These positions can be identified by looking at the current organizational plan, or looking back on the organization’s history to learn patterns that may arise in the future. In some instances, a talent acquisition strategy may project a need for positions that don’t even exist in the organization yet. Talent acquisition is an all-encompassing talent strategy for the employee lifecycle, and recruitment is the first stage.
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